The single most important reason for most of the hormonal issues experienced by women the world over is ‘estrogen dominance.’ However, hormonal issues are not just limited to women. Even men suffer from issues due to hormonal imbalance.
What is Estrone?
Estrone belongs to the Estrogen hormone family. It is one of the three estrogens produced by your body. The two other estrogens are Estradiol and Estriol. Your adrenal gland or gonads are responsible for producing Estrone. Before menopause sets in, 50% of Estrone is naturally produced by the ovaries and in all others (children, men, and post-menopausal women) the hormone is produced from the fat tissue linings. Estrone levels are very low in a new born baby and gradually increase to peak during puberty. The levels of Estrone are different in males and females. During ovulation the Estrone levels peak and are typically similar to the levels of Estradiol. Estrone is easily found in the body. In fact, it is the only estrogen that is available in varying amount in post-menopausal women!
It has been observed that Estrogen, Estradiol, testosterone etc are produced by your body in small bursts, known as ‘pulses’ that vary every minute and hour. Moreover, the amount of hormone produced in your body is different during the day and the night. In women, levels of hormones such as Estrone are different between two menstrual cycles.
The effects of estrogens such as Estrone are dependent on the metabolic rate of your body. So, if your body starts to store Estrogen on a regular basis, while still producing it on a daily basis, this may lead to Estrone hormonal imbalance. There could be many reasons as to why your body stores Estrone. Some of these reasons include lack of physical activity, stress, anxiety, smoking, weight gain, diet, lack of sleep and irregular periods.
What are the Signs & Symptoms of Estrone Hormonal Imbalance?
Before you read the signs and symptoms of Estrone hormonal imbalance, it’s crucial to understand that these signs and symptoms may differ from one woman to another. Typically, symptoms of Estrogen dominance are dependent on the lifestyle and family history of the individual amongst other reasons. However, that being said, some of the most common symptoms of Estrone hormonal imbalance include:
• Irregular periods
• Swollen/Fibrocystic Breasts
• Lack of stamina
• PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
• Mood Swings
• Magnesium deficiency
• Thyroid dysfunction
There are some hormone imbalance tests available in case you want to check your hormones levels.
It has been observed that women in their early 30s to 40s experience several symptoms of hormonal imbalances. This is especially true for the female population of the industrialized world. Stressful life, sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, irregular and bad eating habits, smoking, drinking, among other things leads to irregular or scanty periods in women.
While hormone therapy has been known to help counter effects of most hormonal imbalances including Estrone hormonal imbalance, the therapy does have side effects and hence, should only be attempted under expert guidance.