The majority of natural breast enhancement products out there work by increasing the level of estrogen in your body. But what if you already have too much estrogen to begin with?
Yes, I’m talking about estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance is a term described and coined by Dr. John Lee, author of several best-selling books on hormonal health including Hormone Balance Made Simple: The Essential How-to Guide to Symptoms, Dosage, Timing, and More (great read, by the way).
Dr. Lee described estrogen dominance as when a woman’s body had too much estrogen and not enough progesterone to balance the estrogen. The symptoms of estrogen dominance are varied and long. Here are just a few of them:
- Decreased sex drive
- Irregular or otherwise abnormal menstrual periods
- Bloating (water retention)
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Headaches (especially premenstrually)
- Mood swings and PMS (most often irritability and depression)
- Weight and/or fat gain (particularly around the abdomen and hips)
- Cold hands and feet (a symptom of thyroid dysfunction)
- Sluggish metabolism
- Foggy thinking, memory loss
- Trouble sleeping/insomnia
The truly alarming thing about estrogen dominance is that it affects a lot of us. In fact, Dr. Lam cites estrogen dominance syndrome as approaching 50% in women over 35 years old.
So why does this happen?
Well, there are several causes. To begin with, most of us eat foods that disrupt our hormone levels. Commercially raised cattle and poultry, for example, are fed estrogen-like hormones and growth hormones which are then passed onto the humans that eat them. Fruits and veggies aren’t exempt, either – non-organic produce are sprayed with pesticides, many of which are known hormone disruptors.
And it doesn’t stop there. Most of us are constantly exposed to xenoestrogens (fake estrogens) in our environment. These compounds have chemical structures that are similar to estrogen and disrupt our hormonal balance by adding to our estrogen load. Sources of xenoestrogens include car exhaust, dry-cleaning chemicals, practically all plastics, as well as products we use on a daily basis like shampoos, perfumes, hair sprays, and even room deodorizers.
But it’s not just our environment. Our lifestyle also has an impact on our estrogen levels. Take, for example, stress – something most of us deal with on a daily basis. Your body uses progesterone to produce other hormones, including estrogen and cortisol. Cortisol, as you probably already know, is released by your body to deal with stress. When you’re under a lot of stress, you’re using up a lot of cortisol and therefore, a lot of progesterone, which in time, can lead to a progesterone imbalance.
What Does This Mean for Breast Enhancement?
The majority of natural breast enhancement products on the market work by increasing your estrogen levels. Herbs do this, so does Pueraria Mirifica. And both of these are effective methods of natural breast enhancement, but will not be effective on their own for estrogen dominant women.
For estrogen dominant women, it is progesterone, not estrogen, that is key, both for balancing your hormones and for natural breast enhancement. This is because progesterone acts as a sort of antagonist to estrogen. Both are needed but too much of one – usually estrogen – results in an imbalance.
Your breasts needs progesterone as well as estrogen to grow. It is progesterone that activates estrogen receptors so that estrogen can bind to them. Progesterone is also the hormone responsible for building up fat stores in the breast.
Will Progesterone Cream Make My Breasts Bigger?
Many women see breast growth with progesterone cream, but keep in mind that progesterone cream is only helpful for those who need it to treat their estrogen dominance.
It is not a magic bullet solution to get bigger breasts. And it is not something to be tinkered with to try to get bigger breasts.
It has been known to enlarge breasts in women who have had a long-standing history of progesterone deficiency simply because it provides the much-needed progesterone.
If you think progesterone cream might help you, I suggest you take the following steps.
How to Get Bigger Breasts Using Progesterone Cream
Step 1. Check Your Hormone Levels
Before you start shopping around for the best progesterone creams or how to use them, the very first thing you need to do is determine whether it will help you.
You can do this by getting a hormone test. Ask your doctor for a urine hormone test or if you don’t have insurance, take an at-home saliva hormone test. I recommend ZRT’s Saliva Test Kit for this purpose. It measures five female hormones of your choice, I recommend you choose the most important breast enhancement hormones: The 3 estrogens (estradiol, estriol, and estrone, as well as progesterone and testosterone).
The testing kit is $165 and will take you around a 1 – 2 weeks to get your results, but you can do it all in the comfort of your home and is the most affordable option if you don’t have insurance.
Step 2. Ramp Up Your Progesterone Levels
If you have a slight progesterone deficiency, you should attempt to recuperate it using all-natural means. I suggest following a hormone-balancing diet by adding lots of fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably organic) into your diet, as well as adequate protein and healthy fats such as nuts, fish, and avocados. Remember to get enough fiber in your diet is estrogen is excreted by the bowel – if stool remains in your bowels, that estrogen is reabsorbed.
You can also add a hormone-balancing supplement into your diet. I recommend either Vitex capsules (aka Chasteberry) or raw Maca powder. Both of these supplements have the effect of enhancing progesterone and decreasing estrogen levels. Maca is also infamous for boosting energy and mood as well as for its curious role in enhancing butt growth.
Lastly, if you have a serious progesterone deficiency, considering using a transdermal, bio-identical progesterone cream. This is one of the easiest, safest ways to treat estrogen dominance and balance your hormonal levels. The progesterone cream I recommend is Emerita’s PRO-GEST - this is the best progesterone cream out there and the original natural USP progesterone cream recommended by “hormone expert” Dr. John Lee, author of Hormone Balance Made Simple.
The progesterone cream does not have to be applied to your breasts – in fact, it’s better to apply it on thin skin for better absorption.
Step 3. Cycle Your Cream
If you are using progesterone cream, remember that you don’t have to take it every day. It’s recommended that you use the progesterone cream daily for two to three week prior to the onset of your period.
If you want, you can cycle the progesterone cream with a phytoestrogenic herb like Pueraria Mirifica. To do this, take the Pueraria Mirifica on the days you have your period and then use the progesterone cream on the days you do not have your period. This corresponds to your body’s natural hormonal rhythms – increased estrogen during menses and increase progesterone after menses.