The Connection Between Cellulite and Estrogen
Hormones come into play in connection with cellulite formation. Estrogen, and estrogen dominance will be the focus.
Estrogen is a stimulative hormone which women produce in the ovarian follicles. Fat cells also produce estrogen. Because estrogen fans the fire for fat storage the fat tissues around your blood vessels can become inflamed, leading to a reduction in circulation as well as an increase in water retention – which can give you that dimpled and puckered skin which we all know is cellulite.
How it Occurs
Estrogen dominance occurs when the hormonal balance of your body is out of whack and you’re producing more estrogen than progesterone. This happens if you have female problems, experience wavering changes with your hormones during your menstrual cycle or during your pregnancy. These things make you more susceptible to cellulite. Estrogen dominance also occurs around the time of peri-menopause and menopause, and cellulite problems will begin or worsen. Again, because fat is a hormone source, your estrogen levels begin to drop and your body accumulates fat which then acts like a shock absorber in defense to the reduction of estrogen. It becomes more difficult for your body to fight cellulite.
How You Might Relate To This As I Did
My cellulite problem began right around the time I was diagnosed with Endometriosis (Darn it, I thought I would be able to escape cellulite’s ugly wrath – but it probably would’ve caught up to me eventually at menopause).
What is Endometriosis you ask? It’s the condition where the endometrium (cells that make up the inner lining of the uterus) begin to grow outside the uterus and attaches itself to various internal organs. It totally sucks because it’s very painful and debilitating (I’m talking curled up in a ball in your bed for a couple days with severe nausea and crazy-intense pain debilitating, as well as daily chronic pain). Thank goodness my children are such troopers through it all, they’re just the best - and I pray my daughter never has to go through this.
Even though the cells are on the outside of the uterus, they still react to estrogen in the same way they would inside the uterus. The cells multiply, become filled with blood, swell up and then bleed into surrounding tissues during menstruation. The lesions can travel to the ovaries, the fallopian tubes and basically everywhere in and on the pelvic cavity; and the uterosacral ligaments, the rectum, and the pouch of Douglas (which is an open ended pouch located at the bottom of the peritoneal cavity). Endometriosis can also travel to laparoscopy or laparotomy scars, c-section scars, the rectum, intestines, bowel, colon and the appendix. There are even rare cases where endometriosis migrates to the lungs and on the brain. Interestingly enough, estrogen dominance is one of the leading causes.
Check out this video link: Endometriosis
(A kind of old school style video, but a good video source that I’ve shown my family and they were able to get a better grasp about what Endometriosis is.)
I got hit with what seems like a double whammy. But here’s the silver lining – thankfully there’s an easy way for me to fight cellulite, unlike it is for me to fight Endometriosis.