10 Signs You Might Have High Estrogen Levels (and What to Do About It)

A few weeks ago, I had a blood test run at a wellness boutique in Los Angeles to get a basic idea of my hormonal and metabolic health. I'd never had a blood test like this done before, and even though I generally feel like I'm in pretty good health, I was deeply curious to see what the numbers had to say. I went to a facility called Next Health, a high-tech health optimization center that offers services ranging from cryotherapy to genetic testing. They ran their baseline blood test on me, which costs $199, and a couple weeks later, I went back to go over my results. Everything checked out pretty much as I expected (including my low B12 #veganproblems), except for one surprising piece of information: My estrogen levels were slightly high. 

"Do you remember where you were during your menstrual cycle when you had the test done?" the Next Health nurse asked. As it turns out, your estrogen levels are naturally lowest when you're on your period and highest when you're ovulating a few weeks later, exactly in between periods. At the time of the test, mine had just ended. "Have you noticed any weight gain?" she continued. "Excess fat behind your upper arms?" This question really got me: Evidently, women with slightly high estrogen levels often complain of a mysteriously flabby tricep area, which just so happens to be my one profound body insecurity. This insight was truly enlightening. My estrogen was undoubtedly a little bit high, and I needed to do something about it.

Not every woman with high estrogen experiences the same symptoms or faces the same risks. So with my curiosity about this hormone imbalance newly piqued, I decided to get in touch with two women's health experts to help other women figure out if they might be experiencing something similar. Curious to see if you might have high estrogen and, if so, how you can fix it? Keep on scrolling.