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Estrogen Dominance and PMDD

hormone balancing women's health Jul 31, 2013

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.