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Can Anastrozole Help Treat Estrogen Dominance?

Have you been struggling with symptoms of estrogen dominance? If you're searching for ways to manage these symptoms, the topic of Anastrozole may have come up. With so much conflicting information online, you may be wondering if this treatment could be the right fit for you. Our team is here to help you understand this treatment and how it works.

Blocking the Pathway

This aromatase inhibitor interferes with the pathway that allows androgens such as testosterone to be converted into estrogen. In short, that means your body will be producing less estrogen while on this treatment.

As the name implies, estrogen dominance is caused by high levels of estrogen. When the body produces too much estrogen, it can have negative consequences for both men and women. While a consultation is necessary to find the right fit for any individual patient, this treatment may be one of the options that could help you lower those problematic estrogen levels.

Qualified Candidates

While this drug is usually marketed for women who have gone through menopause, it can also be used for men and for pre-menopausal women. During a consultation, you and your doctor can go through all of your options. They will take a look at the overall picture of your health and your lifestyle, as well as what symptoms need to be addressed.

If you decide together that this treatment is the way to go, it can then be determined whether it will best suit your needs on its own, or if pairing it with another drug will make it more effective for you.

What Are the Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance?

Estrogen Dominance Symptoms in Women

The symptoms of estrogen dominance can vary for men and women. The symptoms in women can include:

  • Bloat or weight gain
  • Fibrocystic lumps, or tenderness and swelling of the breasts
  • Irregular menstrual cycles, and more severe PMS symptoms
  • Lowered libido 
  • Headaches and mental fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Unusual hair loss
  • Trouble sleeping

When you find your symptoms are affecting your ability to work, relax, or enjoy your life and your favorite activities, that’s when you know it’s time to look into correcting them. Any of these symptoms can affect a patient’s quality of life, let alone several symptoms at once. If your symptoms are severe and getting in the way of your life, this treatment may be able to help.

High Estrogen Levels in Men

Estrogen dominance isn’t just an issue that affects women, it affects men as well. The symptoms of high estrogen in men can include:

  • Weight gain, especially in the abdomen
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Mental fatigue and headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Trouble with sleep
  • Lowered libido
  • Anxiety or depression

The proper balance of androgens and estrogens in the body can greatly affect a patient’s physical and mental health. This is one of the reasons we are pleased to offer several treatment options to possibly help improve the quality of life for our patients.

Are There Any Other Benefits of This Treatment?

In addition to treating estrogen dominance, this treatment may help when it comes to breast cancer tumors, which are often estrogen-sensitive. Higher levels of estrogen can feed these tumors and contribute to their growth. The idea is that when estrogen levels are lower, it may stop new breast cancer tumors from developing, while also helping to prevent previous breast cancer from returning.

If you have questions about this treatment or any of the other treatment options we provide, reach out to us at Wells RX today. One of our pharmacists would be happy to answer any questions you have. We look forward to helping you!

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