Symptoms of High Estrogen Levels

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Oestrogen are any of a variety of female hormones that are produced chiefly by the ovaries and that are responsible for reproductive health and growth. While these hormones are necessary in proper amounts, an imbalance of oestrogen in a woman's system can lead to a variety of symptoms and negative side effects.

Fluid Retention

One of the more prominent effects of an abundance of oestrogen is fluid retention. This retention is most notable in the woman's breasts, though the swelling may occur all over the body. This swelling can lead to tenderness, pain and a poor self image, as it can make a woman look as if she's getting fat.


High amounts of oestrogen may suppress a woman's natural thyroid activity. This can lead to a variety of symptoms such as fatigue, coupled with unexplained joint pains and muscle aches. Oddly enough, these symptoms may also be found in a woman with low oestrogen. Either way, a doctor should be consulted.

Sex Drive

Having too much oestrogen present in a woman's body can weaken or completely curb the need or desire for sex. This happens because an excess of oestrogen will neutralise testosterone, which helps drive the desire for sex. Too much oestrogen may also curb a woman's ability to orgasm, making sex less pleasurable.

Weight Gain

Too much oestrogen will activate a woman's appetite, particularly her appetite for sweet things. This will lead to weight gain. However, while low oestrogen levels may cause a woman's belly fat to increase, too much oestrogen will lead to total body weight gain.

Nervous Energy

Oestrogen can cause over-energising symptoms in many women who have an excess of these hormones. A woman may feel jittery, edgy or nervous. An excess of oestrogen can also lead to insomnia, and in some extreme cases, to women experiencing seizures.

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