I’ll never forget my very first period. It was heavy, painful, and embarrassing.. This event that somehow was a “right of passage” left me mortified, bedridden, and scared of what was to come next month. Were all periods to come going to be this heavy and unbearable?

In an effort to help me feel better, my mother told me the same statement her mother said (the one we all have heard)…”This is just part of being a woman”.

This is far from normal. Heavy Periods are Signs of Hormone Imbalance. 

And if you are struggling with this or using hormonal birth control to survive it – there is hope.

We know better now (thank goodness). If you are struggling with any of these symptoms you are likely are struggling with estrogen imbalance.

Good news – it means you absolutely CAN take action and fix it. It starts with understanding the signs and getting the tools to support it.

Let me be clear – estrogen is not the enemy.

Estrogen is your “baddie” hormone (so I like to call it). Estrogen gives you energy, confidence, and is necessary for healthy ovulation and conception.

Your estrogen helps prepare an egg for ovulation and helps to thicken the uterine lining for potential egg implantation and conception. All of which are super healthy for you!

The problem is that it is very easy to become estrogen dominant – aka have too much of it – in today’s everyday life.

Estrogen imbalance occurs from:

💊 Hormonal birth control or hormone replacement therapy

☠️ Xenoestrogens and toxins in everyday products

🍽️ Diet and nutrient deficiencies

😖 Chronic stress

❌ Liver and gut disruption

So what happens is more and more estrogen stored in the body can have an overload of its effects – and your cycle suffers.

Here are the tell-tell signs you are struggling with estrogen imbalance.⬇️

You have heavy, dark red or purple period flow coloring.

Estrogen’s role in your body is to thicken the uterine lining to prepare for potential conception. Too much estrogen (both active and inactive) can cause the uterine lining to become extremely thick. This means that when it sheds, there is a lot. This can result in a heavy flow and even clots. Endometriosis is also associated with estrogen dominance.

You primarily gain weight in hips, butt, and arms.

Excess estrogen promotes fat storage, because estrogen is stored in fat tissues. Then these fat tissues can make their own estrogen and convert testosterone to estrogen. Increased fat stores also lead to disruption in leptin, which leads to increased cravings and snacking on food. Additionally, estrogen can disrupt thyroid function and slow your metabolism.

You struggle with intense and debilitating cramps.

To help shed the excess (and very thick) uterine lining, your body needs increased levels of prostaglandins to kick-start the uterine contractions. Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances (prostaglandins) involved in pain and inflammation. This can lead to increased production of PgE1 and PgE3 – which can send your cramping and pain into overdrive. You can even experience nausea from this.

You struggle with bloating, puffiness, and water retention.

Excessive estrogen can disrupt water and sodium balance – leading to your tissues retaining more water than usual. This leads to that bloating and puffy feeling. This is heightened if you have lower than optimal progesterone levels since progesterone is a natural diuretic. Therefore, when these hormones are thrown off balance, you suffer even more.

You have breast tenderness and fibrocystic breast changes.

High estrogen (especially in relation to progesterone) can lead to increased sensitivity and tenderness in the breast tissue. This can lead to hypersensitivity, swelling of the mammary gland, and even increased tissue production. Excess estrogen can contribute to the development of fibrocystic breast changes (and is associated with some forms of breast cancer).

You don’t have to let your heavy period control you.🎉

Like I said earlier, you can take control of your symptoms. By supporting the systems that regulate estrogen filtration and that promote optimal estrogen production you can take back control of your health.

And kiss pesky PMS and period symptoms goodbye!

These are the top 5 strategies that you can implement today to help regulate estrogen in the body:

  1. Increase your protein intake! Higher protein can help to increase lean mass development, which aids in eliminating estrogen storage. Aim for 1 gram per 1 lb of ideal body weight per day. 🍗
  2. Eat high cruciferous vegetables during your ovulatory and luteal phase to filter out excess estrogen. Think broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Aim for one serving per day! 🥕
  3. Add in cycle-synced strength training 2x per week. Strength training is the most OVERLOOKED strategy to regulate estrogen filtration and balance hormones. You get 2x more from it than cardio. 🏋️‍♀️
  4. Drink water with lemon in the morning to help kickstart liver function. Your liver is the second largest filtration system of estrogen. 🍋
  5. Reduce stress. High stress and cortisol increase estrogen dominance. Take 1 day per week and unplug. Turn your phone on do-not-disturb, get some extra sleep, and read a book. Allow the space to unwind. ❤️

Ready to Unlock Pain-FREE Periods Every Month?

Are you ready for a future with pain-free periods 🩸, no more bloating 💕, effortless weight loss ⚡, and boundless energy 👊 – all without sacrificing your favorite things? ❤️💚💛

If YES then kickstart your journey with my FREE Masterclass which will outline how to transform your health and ditch PMS in the next 30 days. Get instant access here.

Or if you are ready to start your hormone balance journey, enroll in one of my Hormone Balance Coaching Programs for tailored support.

Tasha is an Integrative Clinical Nutritionist, B.S. and Founder of Happy Hormone Health. She has coached 2000 women in reclaiming their energy, living symptom-free and transforming their health through hormone balance nutrition. Start your hormone balance journey with her free masterclass.

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