Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are not only more common in women but also appear to be related to estrogen supplementation or estrogen dominance.  Women are afflicted with autoimmune diseases at a much higher rate than men, which is a good clue that female hormone balance is involved in some way. The onset of autoimmune disorders occurs most often in middle-aged women – the time of life when estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency are most common.

Recent studies have shown that women who use HRT containing estrogen are more likely to get lupus. Birth control pills also cause autoimmune diseases by causing the body to form antibodies to its own hormones. Progesterone can often help ease the symptoms of autoimmune diseases, but it’s best to work with an experienced health care professional who can address the whole body.

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