This week, Angelina Jolie Pitt announced in a New York Times article that she recently had another preventive surgery, a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, which is the removal of her ovaries and fallopian tubes. This procedure put her into surgical menopause, and she discusses the options she chose for hormone replacement therapy for menopause.
What does it mean to be in surgical menopause?
Unlike natural menopause, surgically induced menopause causes an immediate decline in progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone production, rather than the natural, gradual decline that occurs in these hormones over the years. As a result, a woman will feel a dramatic change in her body as she experiences the symptoms of rapid hormonal decline.
What are some common symptoms of menopause?
Loss of enjoyment of sex
Increased incidence of urinary incontinence
Cessation of periods
What are women’s options for the menopause treatment?
Angelina is on the right track by researching alternative medicine and estrogen and progesterone hormone replacement therapy for menopause. It is critical that women are informed about the types of hormone replacement therapy that are available, because their health and quality of life depend upon it. There are synthetic hormones, which are foreign to the human body, and bioidentical hormones, which are identical to the hormones made by your body. You can probably guess which one is the right choice.
Solutions Offered by Conventional Doctors
Conventional doctors will typically offer synthetic hormone drugs such as Premarin, Prempro and Provera as menopause treatment. They will also commonly offer antidepressants, anti-anxiety and sleep medications, none of which resolve the underlying cause of symptoms and have many adverse side effects. All of these options are drugs that are foreign to the human body.
Angelina mentions that there are other options for women, such as birth control pills, however we want to caution against this choice. Before you decide on your menopause treatment, take a look at the dangers of synthetic hormones:
Premarin – Premarin is made of horse estrogens derived from pregnant mare urine, hence the name, “Pre-mar-in”. Premarin has serious side effects that include blood clots, breast tenderness, fluid retention, gall stones, headaches, high blood pressure, impaired glucose tolerance, increased risk of diabetes, increased risk of endometrial cancer and breast cancer, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, leg cramps, nausea and vomiting, vaginal bleeding, worsened uterine fibroids and endometriosis.
Provera – Although its generic name (medroxyprogesterone) makes Provera sound like it is a form of progesterone, it is not. It is a progestin, a drug that exists nowhere in nature. Progestins increase risk of breast cancer, blood clots, and prevent pregnancy (clearly the opposite of progesterone).
Prempro – A combination of Premarin and Provera.
Birth Control Pills – These contain progestins. Oral contraceptives pose far greater health risks even beyond potentially fatal blood clots such as increased risk for developing certain types of cancer, including breast cancer.
The right solution is simple. The best option for menopause treatment is to replenish the estrogen and progesterone that your body is missing with bioidentical hormones which are identical to the hormones made by the human body. Why take a risk with synthetic hormones that can harm your health? It makes no sense to prescribe a drug to treat a symptom of an underlying hormone deficiency when the deficiency itself is so easily remedied by replacing the natural hormone.
Knowledge is power.
We agree with Angelina that knowledge is power. The more you can educate yourself on safe, natural solutions for your health, the better off you will be. To find out about natural, safe solutions for menopause, click here. Taking charge of your health naturally will help you live a long, healthy life!