This Sunday we celebrate our mothers. And as we acknowledge the special things that they have done for us over the course of our lives, keep in mind that unique characteristics also apply when they experience a specific stage in theirs: menopause.
When hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, depression, and other common signs and symptoms of menopause start to become unbearable, many women consider—and physicians often prescribe—hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women. Fortunately, despite efforts by Big Pharma and the FDA, when it comes to HRT, women have options available. That said, with all the conflicting information about HRT, it’s not surprising that it can be confusing and frustrating when deciding between natural hormone replacement therapy or synthetic hormones.
In my opinion, your best option is to go with natural or bioidentical hormones.
Three Reasons for Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy
Natural and safe for your body. Bioidentical estrogen and progesterone are identical to the hormones produced in a woman’s body. This fact alone alleviates many of the problems associated with conventional HRT. These hormones are compounds the body is familiar with, and they act in the way nature intended them to.
Avoid negative side effects of synthetic hormones. Large pharmaceutical companies have touted synthetic and unnatural hormones such as Premarin and Provera as God’s gift to womankind. But research has revealed problems with these drugs. For example, synthetic progestin actually “undoes” many of the beneficial effects of natural estrogen. It decreases levels of protective HDL cholesterol, increases insulin resistance and inhibits the responsiveness of the arteries by 50 percent, according to several studies! Compare this to natural, human-identical progesterone, which has none of these negative actions.
Get an individualized prescription. Bioidentical hormones are easy to obtain from compounding pharmacies. Walgreens, Rite-Aid and other chain drugstores are simply dispensaries for pre-packaged, prescription medications made by pharmaceutical companies in one-size-fits-all doses. Compounding pharmacists, on the other hand, take pharmaceutical-grade natural hormones and other ingredients and prepare them for each patient per her doctor’s prescription. This natural hormone replacement therapy approach allows for an infinite range of individualized doses and delivery systems.
Don’t let the widely publicized problems with conventional hormones scare you away from HRT altogether. Bioidentical hormones of naturaly hormone replacement therapy continue to be a safe and useful treatment that can dramatically improve your quality of life, just like it has for my patients.
How Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy Helped Betty
When Betty went through menopause, she “fell apart.” This healthy, composed woman became a bundle of nerves and emotions. She had repeated hot flashes during the day and disrupted sleep at night. She was testy and impatient with her family and less than productive at work. She just couldn’t seem to concentrate. After six months of suffering the signs and symptoms of menopause in silence, she came to Whitaker Wellness and was started on natural estrogen and progesterone hormone replacement therapy. Her symptoms completely disappeared, and her mental clarity and focus returned.
A woman’s decision to start hormone replacement therapy is a personal decision, and she must take into consideration a broad range of factors. Our physicians at the Whitaker Wellness Institute discuss medical history, risk factors and personal preferences with each woman, tell her the pros and cons not only of HRT in general but of the various types of estrogen and progesterone, and then leave the decision up to her. For more information about how we treat the signs and symptoms of menopause and women’s health overall, call us at 800-488-1500. We’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have.
Now it’s your turn: Have you ever used hormone replacement therapy?
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