SIBO and Infertility
Gut bacteria have been found to play a role in hormone balance including estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance is a common phenomenon in which estrogen levels are elevated or normal, and/or progesterone is low. Estrogen dominance can lead to heavy periods, irregular periods, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and many other menstrual issues. Since estrogen dominance is also a factor in female infertility, it is something that needs to be addressed to help couples conceive.
So, what is SIBO and how does it affect fertility? SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) is an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. SIBO symptoms usually include bloating shortly after eating, abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, nausea and other IBS type symptoms. There is a concept referred to as the gut ‘estrobolome,’ which is the bacterial genes in your microbiome that can metabolize estrogen. We think of estrogen mainly being broken down in the liver, but we also rely on certain gut bacteria to detoxify estrogen. If those bacteria are not balanced, that can cause a reabsorption of estrogens that were sent for excretion through the bowels. This in turns causes estrogen dominance.
If you are experiencing any symptoms or signs of SIBO and are struggling with infertility, contact Arizona Natural Medicine to consult with our doctors.