Oestrogen Dominance

Navigating Oestrogen Dominance

As a psychiatrist and hormone specialist, I understand the complexities around prescribing Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and its potential impacts on mental health. I have spent the last month through our social media platforms raising awareness around a common problem I see in the clinic: oestrogen dominance and its profound effects on emotional well-being.

Oestrogen dominance often stems from the imbalance between oestrogen and progesterone and can be caused or exacerbated by the improper prescription of HRT. This imbalance isn’t just a physiological problem but is also deeply intertwined with mental health.

In the clinic I have seen time and time again how elevated oestrogen levels, triggered by inappropriate HRT formulations, can heighten susceptibility to mood disorders like depression, anxiety, and irritability. 

Looking at the science, Oestrogen isn’t just a reproductive hormone; it intricately modulates neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, pivotal in mood regulation. When oestrogen levels are disrupted due to inappropriate HRT, these neurotransmitter systems may falter, impacting your emotional state.

Furthermore, oestrogen dominance can also trigger what’s called neuroinflammation and oxidative stress, compounding the risk of mood disorders and cognitive decline. It isn’t just about hormone levels but how each hormone balances with one another and how they interact with your brain and body.

This emphasises the importance of personalised assessments and careful management of HRT for you as an individual. By doing this we can mitigate the adverse effects of oestrogen dominance on your mental health. We will tailor your treatment plan to your unique needs, restore balance and empower you to reclaim control over your emotional well-being.

I’m here to support you every step of the way.

Best wishes,

Dr Rachel Jones