Estrogen infertility occurs when the estrogen hormone is produced in too much abundance or is deficient. There is a happy medium in hormones and too much or too little can cause infertility issues. In the reproductive cycle estrogen is produced in the developing follicle and corpus luteum in the ovaries and if pregnancy occurs the placenta produces it.
Estrogen plays a role in the production of the endometrium in the uterus. It also helps cervical fluid to become plentiful or fertile. A surge in estrogen right before the egg is released helps the cervix to be ready for the entrance of sperm.
An imbalance of estrogen causes the reproductive cycle to not work right, and thus a woman can become infertile because of it. Low estrogen can cause symptoms of hormonal headaches, menopausal symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats and causes the cervix to dry up thus causing the vagina to be dry. It will also prevent the uterine lining from thickening.
A lot of times hormone problems stem from other hormones. They all work together. Some causes of low estrogen can be from a deficiency in the luteinizing hormone. This hormone helps to regulate the product of estrogen. Another area that influences it is the pituitary gland. If it malfunctions from act ivities like over exertion (too much exercise) or from being under weight from over -exercising or under eating.
Estrogen deficiencies can be remedied with prescription medications and even some natural herbs and supplements.
An over production of estrogen can also cause infertility. Symptoms of excess estrogen include anxiety, depression, digestive problems, headaches, heart palpitations, irregular periods and weight gain. The cause of excessive estrogen can be from some of the opposite of estrogen deficiencies such as over-eating, unhealthy diet, weight problems and taking hormones like birth control pills as well as environmental estrogens, sometimes called xenostrogens.
These xenoestrogens imitate normal estrogen – and actually disrupt the endocrine system. These are found in growth hormones and in pesticides found in some meats like chicken and fish. It’s important to try to buy meats that are organic or hormone free to avoid this.
Excessive levels of estrogen is linked to infertility disorders like endometriosis and PCOS – (polycystic ovarian syndrome). This is also linked with girls reaching reproductive maturity quicker.
Combating excessive estrogen can be done with diet. Eating foods that are both low fat and high fiber and limiting caffeine is a good way to start. Also a moderate exercise routine will help to keep the body healthy. Trying a body detox to rid of the xenostrogens and will help to ease the estrogen infertility. See your healthcare provider for more suggestions on diet and exercise.
Expert Author: Lori Ramsey, Author of When Sex Isn’t Enough: Identify and Cure Minor Infertility.