Estrogen Dominance and PMDD


This one is for the ladies and the men and children who live with them. For many women their monthly cycles are dreaded events with PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder), which is like PMS “on steroids”. This syndrome can include severe mood swings, irritability and depressive and suicidal thoughts that reoccur monthly. In severe cases, 2 weeks out of the month are OK and 2 weeks out of the month are pure misery.

In my clinical practice the cause of this is often estrogen dominance. This is becoming even more common as we have more xenoestrogens ( estrogen producing compounds from the environment) that we are exposed to on a daily non stop basis. Xenoestrogens can come from herbicides, pesticides, plastics, pthalates in cosmetics, etc. They are so pervasive that they are very difficult to avoid.

I find that once a woman with PMDD enters treatment with me their symptoms resolve within a month or two with tweaking needed here or there of the protocol over time. One of the first things I look at is correcting the hormonal imbalance, whatever that may be. Along with correcting the hormonal imbalance I like to detoxify since an improperly functioning liver and bowel can also impede proper hormone functioning.

Correcting any diet habits that may be compromising the body’s ability to heal itself and balance itself is also important as well as introducing proper systems to support stress management.

Last but not least the proper homeopathic remedy can also work wonders to support the healing process. Homeopathic remedies are medicines that are chosen that best match the individual patient’s constellation of symptoms. I can have 2 different women with a diagnosis of PMDD or PMS and I may very well prescribe 2 completely different homeopathic medicines for them since their symptom constellation, food cravings, and personalities could be completely different , thus needing different medicines. I treat the whole person this way and not the “disease”. Be well and feel free to pass this information along to anyone who you think could use this.

tarapict2Tara Skye Goldin, N.D. Naturopathic Doctor (Colorado) and Classical Homeopath, Boulder CO is an expert in natural medicine as well as a highly skilled and experienced Classical Homeopath. Her practice focuses primarily on women’s healthissues, weight loss, and pediatrics, though she has patients of all ages and both genders.

In addition, she is a 1990 graduate of Bastyr University a four year post-graduate naturopathic medical school ( and is the only Naturopath in the Boulder area to have seven additional years of extensive homeopathy training. She studied from 1998 – 2004 with Louis Klein, RsHom ( and Jeremy Sherr, RsHom.

She is also a longtime yoga and meditation practitioner. She has been successfully improving the health of Boulder families since 1993.

1 comment to Estrogen Dominance and PMDD

  • kat

    I have PMDD and estrogen dominance that has been verified with blood work by my primary care doctor.
    Just got rid of all of my skincare and bought all natural, organic stuff without endocrine disruptors.

    I Keep reading that dihydroxyacetone (the compound that is used in fake tanners) is fine becasuse it stays in the epidermis.
    Is it an endocrine disruptor? I like to use fake tanner because I am PALE. I have nice skin, but it I turn purple if I am the slightest bit chilly, and I am just lacking that glow from being in the sun.

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