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Do these symptoms sound familiar?
- Concentration difficulties
- Fatigue, listlessness
- Anxiety, depressive moods
- Water retention
- Weight gain
- Sensitive breasts (aches, swelling)
- Cysts, myomas
- Painful menstruation
These symptoms are often associated with an oestrogen dominance.
Verisana measures your oestrogen and progesterone levels and determines whether your levels are within the reference range and explains how the hormones interact with each other.
The interaction of Oestrogen and Progesterone
The concentration of the female sex hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) is essential for a problem free menstrual cycle. There is a sensitive balance between oestrogen and progesterone: the hormones possess both counteractive and complementary effects, working together to keep the body in balance. Thereby, the oestrogen levels determine how much progesterone is needed.
Oestrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate during the female monthly cycle, staying within a certain ratio to one another – although, depending on the stage of the cycle, other ratios can also be seen as ‘normal.’ If the ratio between oestrogen and progesterone is shifted so that too much oestrogen is produced in comparison to progesterone, an oestrogen dominance, or progesterone deficiency, occurs. Surprisingly, this can also be the case if not enough oestrogen is being produced (oestrogen deficiency) for the body’s requirements because the body may also be deficient in progesterone – it is the ratio between the two hormones that is important.
Oestrogen dominance involves a number of unpleasant symptoms for the woman affected (see list above). The intensity of the symptoms varies from woman to woman, from mild to unbearable.
As a healthy balance between oestrogen and progesterone is so important for female well-being, it is crucial to determine not only the absolute values of each hormone, but also the ratio of oestrogen to progesterone, when dealing with oestrogen dominance. Under medical supervision, an imbalance can be treated with herbal medicine or bio-identical progesterone creams, or capsules.
How Verisana can help
If you are suffering from one or more of the symptoms stated above, we recommend a Verisana saliva test on the 19th , 20th or 21st day of your cycle (in the case of a 28 day cycle), to determine the progesterone and oestrogen values.* The sample needed can be easily obtained by yourself at home. The evaluation report is then sent in the post along with:
- Your hormone values in graphical form – this makes it possible to decipher whether your oestrogen and progesterone values are within the reference range, and the ratio between them.
- An easy to understand explanation regarding the functions of the tested hormones.
- A summary of the complaints that can come from a deficiency or excess.
*for the oestrogen determination oestradiol is measured; oestradiol is a hormone belonging to the oestrogen family.