Estrogen is considered the female hormone because levels of estrogen are higher in women than they are in men. However, the hormone is present in both genders. When estrogen levels are high, or progesterone (an endogenous steroid and sex hormone) levels are low in women, the result is estrogen dominance and symptoms that are both uncomfortable and inconvenient. Some symptoms of estrogen dominance may be life-altering or, at the least, may hinder day to day tasks. Women who believe they are experiencing hormonal imbalances should seek a doctor's advice and begin treatment quickly.
Women who are feeling depressed or anxious, particularly without a history of mental illness, may be experiencing estrogen dominance. Depression is characterized by a general feeling of sadness. Other symptoms may include withdrawal, fatigue and a loss of interest in socialization, work or hobbies. Anxiety presents as fear or worry that becomes overbearing and may result in panic attacks. Both can be disorders on their own or may be symptoms of a larger issue. Doctors will typically perform blood tests to determine if depression or anxiety is the result of estrogen dominance. Depression and anxiety can be managed with prescription medications and counseling.
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