Do orgasms cause estrogen dominance?

by Jenna

Since this is a new topic, I'd thought I'd start a new page.

This is my second month on progesterone cream (Progesterall) and I use 300 mg/day every day (not just the last two weeks of the cycle). For the most part, it seems I've found a good balance with 300 mg/day. I went through my last period with some estrogen dominance symptoms, but nothing like the month before, which was torture. I'm hoping that if I stick with the 300mg/day all my symptoms will go within the next couple months or so.

In any case, it does seem that I get estrogen dominance symptoms when I have an orgasm. In my husband's words: "How can an orgasm ever be bad???"
Do orgasms cause estrogen to rise or progesterone to go down? I'm truly hoping that this is just some sort of coincidence and not related to orgasms at all, but I thought it would be a good idea to ask.

Thank you so much for all your help!

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Jan 14, 2012
Do orgasms cause estrogen dominance?
by: Wray

Hi Jenna This is very interesting! I've not heard of oestrogen rising and progesterone dropping after an orgasm. But certainly dopamine and prolactin. Dopamine is necessary for a normal sexual response in both sexes, see here, here,here, here, here and here. Progesterone does increase dopamine levels, as the papers say. After an orgasm dopamine drops and prolactin rises. Prolactin is normally regarded as the hormone of lactogenesis, like progesterone it was found at increased levels after giving birth and during breast feeding. But both have been misnamed I feel, as both are involved in both sexes and have many roles. Prolactin is also an inflammatory hormone, it's also released after orgasm. Stress increases prolactin levels, drops dopamine levels, oestrogen also increases prolactin levels, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here here and here. Sufficient progesterone suppresses prolactin, the converse is also true. It could be you are producing excess prolactin after your orgasm. All I can suggest is using progesterone just prior to intercourse, it's excellent in the vagina too. It won't adversely effect your husband either, in fact we have many men using it to increase their libido. Please let me know if this helps you. Then if I get another query similar to yours I'll be able to advise. Take care Wray

Sep 28, 2014
Same problem orgasm makes me feel bad
by: Robin

Same thing here. Orgasms make me feel dreadful the next day. However it isn't estrogen dominance. It's the opposite. Orgasms deplete estrogen and or increase progesterone.

I know that even the smallest amount of bioidentical progesterone causes me to feel wiped out. I'm over sedated, brain foggy, clumsy, bloated and my eyes become extremely dry.

Estrogen does the opposite. I feel happy, my brain works and I feel energised.

The day after orgasm I get all the progesterone overdose symptoms. If I take bioidentical estrogen at around the same time as the orgasm I am okay the next day. If I don't then I can't function the next day. I'm wiped out physically and mentally.

This means that orgasm either depletes estrogen or stimulates progesterone. Logically it must increase progesterone as orgasms are calming. Unfortunately for someone like me who is estrogen deficient it swings me too far so I get a few minutes of pleasure followed by 48 hours of feeling like crap.

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