Xenoestrogens, also known as endocrine disruptors are xenohormones – synthetic or natural compounds that mimic the actions of hormones naturally produced by the body.

Xenoestrogens mimic the effects of estrogen, a natural hormone found in women and men, and responsible for processes like secondary sex characteristics, the menstrual cycle, and pregnancy.

I wish I could say there was a way to totally avoid these mimickers, however, there isn’t. They are everywhere. You’d have to live in a bubble to avoid toxic exposure. You can, however, reduce your exposure, and in doing so, keep the body from being bombarded by the copycats.

I’ve had to put a lot into practice because of my estrogen dominance issue. The best news I’ve received is that the largest of the 4 fibroids taking up residence in my uterus is disintegrating. That’s progress, largely because of the efforts I put in to limit xenoestrogens, optimize gut health and support my liver function.

Effects of xenoestrogen

Xenoestrogens bind to estrogen receptors, which alters the response. Effects on the body include:

  • contribute to obesity
  • early onset of menstruation
  • disruption in the onset of puberty
  • inhibit the creation of testesterone
  • disruption of cholesterol conversion
  • estrogen dominance
  • disrupt immune, bone function

Xenoestrogens can be found in:

  • soil
  • water
  • food
  • plastics
  • pesticides
  • cosmetic ingredients
  • household cleaning ingredients

Reducing exposure to xenoestrogens

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  • Avoid cosmetics with endocrine disruptors (ex. preservatives like, (methyl, propyl, poly, butyl parabens), phthalates, benzophenone. )
  • Get acquainted with xenoestrogens found in beauty and wellness products
  • avoid UV filters found in sunscreens, i.e oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide
  • read product labels
  • Use non-bleached pads and tampons
  • Avoid DDT (found in insect repellent)
  • Consider using oils instead of fragrances that can be contaminated with phthalates


  • avoid pesticides, fungicide, herbicides
  • Eat organic foods as much as possible
  • Wash fruits and vegetables with vinegar and water
  • Peel fruits that are not organic
  • Avoid artificial food coloring
  • Eat meats that have been grass fed and free of hormones and antibiotics
  • **phytoestrogens: foods that contain low doses of estrogen, i.e. soy. Avoid/lim if you have estrogen dominance.


  • Get rid of plastics in the home
  • Don’t microwave in plastics
  • Use stainless steel water bottles
  • Avoid BPA (Bisphenol A) and BPS (Bisphenol S)
  • Ditch that cling wrap. Sorry. It’s made of PVC, which is said to be one of the most dangerous xenoestrogens. Opt for beeswax wrap, glass containers or soy paper wax.


  • Use fabric shower curtain in lieu of vinyl
  • Avoid non-stick Teflon pans
  • Install a filter on your tap
  • Use laundry detergent without SLS and other harmful additives
  • Use wool dryer balls and add essential oils instead of fragranced dryer sheets

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