Posted on: 12.05.2023 Posted by: Drlark Comments: 0

As a writer constantly on deadline, I know a thing or two about the effects of stress. But, as a woman with estrogen dominance, I also know that it is critical for me to keep my stress under control.

Stress can cause or aggravate hormone imbalances. In fact, it can interfere with your ability to ovulate, thereby blocking progesterone production and pushing further into estrogen dominance. This can lead to severe PMS, menstrual cramps, anxiety, fibroids, endometriosis, and infertility.

Studies from journals as varied as Human Stress, Psychosomatics, and Acta Psychiatry of Scandinavian have all shown that women with stressful lives are much more likely to experience PMS symptoms. In fact, a study from the Archives of Family Medicine found that women who suffered from PMS scored four times higher on a stress scale than other women.

Another study from the British Medical Journal found that excessive stress can increase your risk of breast cancer. This is a double whammy for women with estrogen dominance, as our excessive estrogen levels already put us in the danger zone.

If you have estrogen dominance, you need to be extra vigilant about keeping your stress levels under control. Exercise is a great way to maintain calm. But my favorite for one the spot stress reduction is deep breathing.

First, take a moment to acknowledge the stress. Then close your eyes and take a few deep, abdominal breaths, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. Focus on how the air goes in and out of your body. Do this five to 10 times and you can actually feel the stress moving out of your body.

For more information on estrogen dominance or other issues related to female hormones, visit Dr. Lark’s Web site. While there, you can also sign up for Dr. Lark’s FREE eLetter or monthly newsletter.


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