Estrogen and other hormones facilitate processes and do other things in your body that are important, but imbalances can seriously throw things out of whack. And when that happens, there can be some physical signs that things might not be going as they should. There can be many physical signs your body is producing too much estrogen, but many (if not most) are common women's health signs and symptoms anyway, meaning you might not automatically assume that too much estrogen is the cause — and your doctor may or may not either. Too much estrogen in the body means that there's an imbalance and it can mean potentially serious things for your health.
"Over-production of estrogen is related to health risks and the development of cancer in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women," Dr. Christopher S. Bryant, MD, FACOG, a gynecologic oncologist at surgeon with Oviedo Medical Center, tells Romper by email. Because of that potential connection, it's important to look out for signs that your body might be producing too much estrogen. If you notice symptoms of over-production of estrogen, raising the topic (especially if you're concerned) with your doctor can be a good idea. They should be able to test your estrogen levels and let you know if it's within the normal range or not. And if you are, in fact, producing more estrogen than you should, they'll be able to help you chart a plan moving forward.