Dean Rahaman
Personal Health Consultant
Men’s Physique Coaching
Men’s Mental Health
Men’s Hormone Optimisation
Before we get going, this post about oestrogen dominance is in NO WAY, SHAPE OR FORM aiming to TREAT, CURE or DIAGNOSE. This post is for information purposes only. If you have any suspicions that you might be suffering any of the following content. Please consult your own personal doctor.
Now that’s done, what am I talking about here? It’s all about the female sex hormone oestrogen! A lot of men now are becoming more and more oestrogen dominant. Now with any kind of dominance in the body we also need to understand a couple of caveats.

  1. True dominance in relation to hormones is when one particular hormone is being over produced and supressing the function of others. Or under metabolised and not used as it should be and not being excreted out of the body.
  2. Hormones generally tend to work in pairs, there usually a hormone that switches things on and another to switch the same thing back off.
  3. Underproduction of a hormone can also impact the function and increase the dominance of other hormones.
  4. Resistance (hormone cannot get into the cell) of one of one half of the pair of hormones also has a huge implications.

For example 2 let’s have a look at ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin makes you hungry and can massively dominate over leptin. Leptin is the hormone that makes you feel full, these two hormones plus a couple of others work very tightly together.

Thyroid is a hormone that is commonly under produced or under-converted into its active form. The knock on effect of thyroid not working is massive. Have a ready my blog all about thyroid here.

Looking at number the insulin is a great example here. If you can get insulin into a cell, it can’t take glucose with it. Then you start running into all kinds of metabolic and inflammation type issues. Check out my full blog on insulin here for more details.

The Long Term Effect Of High Oestrogen
Let’s talk About Sex!
Most of us tend to split sex hormones into male and female. Testosterone being male and oestrogen being female. But here is the thing both men and women need both testosterone and oestrogen. They’re not mutually exclusive.

Here are a few functions that both testosterone and oestrogen do for men.

Testosterone Oestrogen
Regulates fertility Helps maintain body temp
Builds muscle Enhances feel good neurotransmitters
Protein synthesis in the liver Improves skin through collagen levels and regeneration
Distributes fat in a healthy manner Helps prevent bone loss
Red blood cell production Helps getting stored cholesterol out of liver into blood stream
Libido Reduces acne
Sperm productions and motility Sperm health
Hair growth
As you can see it’s an extensive list and as men we definitely need both but in the right balance. There are actually 3 different types of oestrogen that could be fucking up your body if they’re out of control. These are:

  • Estrone (E1):This is a weak form of estrogen and the only type found in women after the menopause. Small amounts of estrone are present in most tissues of the body, mainly fat and muscle. The body can convert estrone to estradiol and estradiol to estrone.
  • Estradiol (E2):This is the strongest type of estrogen. Estradiol is a steroid produced by the ovaries. It is thought to contribute to a range of gynecological problems, such as endometriosisfibroids, and cancers that occur in females, particularly endometrial cancer. However men also produce E2 estradiol by converting testosterone. I’s actually essential for sexual arousal and function.
  • Estriol (E3):This the weakest of the estrogens and is a waste product made after the body uses estradiol. Pregnancy is the only time at which significant amounts of estriol are made. Estriol cannot be converted to estradiol or estrone                                                                                                          Ref: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/277177.php

What’s listed here are the worst case scenarios if you leave these types of oestrogens unchecked and running riot.

As you see in the picture above, oestrogen dominance doesn’t exist just by itself. A poor diet, shitty sleep patterns and minimal exercise will contribute towards oestrogen dominance.
Below should highlight to you just how important Oestrogen is for men. No oestrogen, no boners it’s literally as simple as that. The issues begin when your oestrogen levels get out of control!

How To Know If You’re Oestrogen Dominant

There a lots of signs or symptoms if you’re low in testosterone and high in estrogen. I wrote a blog about sex hormones for men which you can check out here.

Low Testosterone symptoms for men High Oestrogen symptoms for men
Low sex drive Wider hips
Erectile dysfunction Gynecomastia (man boobs, bitch tits)
Low seminal fluid Increased fat storage
Fatigue Unstable moods
Poor gym performance Want to cuddle and not fuck
Increased fat storage Get very emotional for no real reason
Mood swings Poor quality erections
Poor sleep Low sperm count
Hair loss or gain Prostate cancer risk
Poor quality erections Very poor muscle definition
Depression Reduced fertility

As you can see a lot of these signs or symptoms that you might find it hard to go and speak to the doctor about. That’s one of the reasons I’ve created this platform for men. To have a safe space to speak and ask questions and get answers without being judged.

The best and most conclusive way that you’re going to know is you’re oestrogen dominant, is to get your blood tested. The blood test should be looking for the following

Free testosterone, SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin), E2 levels, aromatase and serum testosterone. Your health care practitioner or GP will know exactly what these are even if you don’t. That’s how you will get your diagnosis, from a qualified doctor! Not some guy from the gym who is doing a course of testosterone. If you have any 3 or more of any of these symptoms get to your doctor and talk to them. Trust me it could be one the best conversations you ever have! Go to the fucking doctor! That’s what they’re there for, to help you.

Potential Health Implications

“The potential to develop degenerative conditions, atherosclerosis, weight gain, mood swings, endometriosis, fibroids, breast cysts and breast or ovarian cancer in women increases with hormonal imbalance” This is according to Datuk Dr Nor Ashikin Mokhtar.

What he didn’t mention in this quote is that for men long term elevated oestrogen levels have a seriously damaging effect!

Below is a limited list of health issues that could be caused by and have a link with elevated oestrogen levels.

  • Prostate cancer
  • Increased stroke risk
  • Elevated heart attack risk
  • Increased atherosclerosis risk (blocking of arteries)
  • Benign prostate enlargement

There are a lot of associated conditions that involve excess oestrogen. Things like high systemic chronic inflammation was linked with higher oestrogen levels.

As you can see excess oestrogen is bad fucking news. Again, I stress my point if you’re suffering any symptoms from the table, get to the doctor!!

References to all information provided are available on request.

Summing It All Up

Summing it up.

You need both testosterone and oestrogen in your body. If you’re struggling with higher oestrogen levels makes sure you’re doing the following.

  1. Reducing body fat
  2. Eating lots of green veggies and I mean lots!
  3. Building muscle in the gym, make sure you work with a trainer who understands hormones and the muscle building process
  4. Modulate your stress responses, stress will not help your sex hormone regulation
  5. Sleep! It’s not sexy but make sure you’re getting at least 7 hours of good quality sleep every night!

For any more questions about anything here. Please get in contact with me or check out my other blogs and definitely get to your doctor!

Big love

Dean.

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