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How Estrogen Levels Affect Your Fertility
on Aug 06, 2012
by Prabha Sahgal, MD
A proper balanced level of estrogen is essential for a woman looking to get pregnant. Learn about the how your estrogen levels affect your fertility and how you can balance your estrogen levels naturally.
The level of estrogen impinges upon fertility and in order to conceive, an appropriate level of estrogen is called for. Too low estrogen or too much estrogen affects, in the same manner, the chances of conceiving. Therefore, a proper balanced level of estrogen is essential for the woman looking to get pregnant. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Estrogen is prevalent in the first half of the menstrual period and it reaches the highest level during the process of ovulation. If there is low estrogen, ovulation could be suppressed altogether or other fertility related problems could occur, such as no thickening of the uterine lining required for the implantation of the fertilized eggs. Symptoms pinpointing low estrogen are vaginal dryness, hot flashes, loss of libido, migraines and sweating during nighttime.
Excessive levels of estrogen are not good news either for women attempting to get pregnant. A series of extrinsic factors are responsible for the imbalanced levels of estrogen in the female body, such as xenoestrogens which interfere with our natural hormonal balance and have serious side effects not only on the reproductive system, but on the overall health too. Xenoestrogens are kept in our fat cells following the exposure to synthetic chemicals such as pesticides and insecticides, skin care products incorporating parabens and cleaning products. An improper diet mostly consisting of fat animal products and by-products, like diary products and in particular fatty red meat does not help either, since it enhances the assimilation of the abovementioned products and chemicals we find ourselves exposed to every day.
One way of preserving our natural estrogen levels from the intrusion of xenoestrogens is through the means of consuming food rich in phytoestrogens. Some of the sources of these exogenous estrogens are mostly soy products, such as soy milk, tofu, soy meat, integral cereals and also a variety of herbs, such as alfalfa sprouts, spirulina, flax oil, dill seeds and red clover. This type of estrogen works against that harming our chances of becoming parents and aids in maintaining and improving our fertility status. Phytoestrogens, namely isoflavones and flavonoids are also present in various vegetables, fruit, bee products and they fight against free radicals, responsible for stress, infertility issues, premature aging and various medical disorders.
Any of these hormonal imbalances can disrupt the ability to conceive. A careful monitoring of your estrogen level increases the chances of achieving a pregnancy. A healthy diet works miracles as far as the optimal fertility status is concerned. Moreover, you can balance your estrogen level in a natural way without appealing to prescribed estrogen supplementation. Bee products, in particular bee pollen and royal jelly are excellent for the feminine reproductive system, having similar properties to our hormones and helping to restore the endocrine balance. Proper stress management, the avoidance of plastics, less exposure to pollution, switching to natural skin care products, they are necessary steps you need to consider before attempting to be expecting. A healthier and safer environment associated with eating organic foods will boost naturally your chances of having a healthy baby.
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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.