Today many women are facing a decision whether or not to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) when they enter menopause. They are experiencing various symptoms that make their life miserable as their naturally occurring hormones are declining and fall out of balance. The solution is to replace their declining hormones with HRT to resolve their symptoms and restore them to good health, however, which type of HRT should women choose? There is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) or the traditional HRT.
What Happens at Menopause
First of all, menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her menstrual periods cease. The median age of onset for perimenopause is 47.5 years and most women spend one-third to half of their life in post menopause. This natural part of aging occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens, marking the end of her reproductive period. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning, such as after a hysterectomy or tubal ligation.
- hot flashes
- night sweats
- sleepless nights
- weight gain
- brain fog
- mood swings
- loss of libido
HRT vs. BHRT
It is critical that women are educated about the types of hormone replacement therapy that are available, because their health and quality of life depends upon it. There are synthetic hormones, which are foreign to the human body, and bioidentical hormones (BHRT), which are identical to the hormones made by your body. (1) Common sense should tell you which one is the right choice.
The molecular structure of synthetic hormones has been changed in order to make them patentable for the pharmaceutical companies. They’re foreign chemicals that come with a host of side effects, including increase in risk of heart disease, strokes, blood clots and breast cancer. Examples of synthetic hormones are Premarin, Provera, and Prempro. Premarin is horse estrogen derived from pregnant mare urine. Provera is medroxyprogesterone, or progestin, not progesterone. It is unfortunate that conventional doctors still refer to progestins as progesterone – they are completely different molecules. Prempro is a combination of Premarin and Provera.
Many doctors think that there is no simple answer, however, yes, there is. Replace the hormones that are missing in your body with hormones that are identical to those that your body makes – bioidentical hormones. Women should not fear hormones. Hormones are crucial to the proper functioning of the human body and we can not live without them. Women should fear synthetic hormones, however. Synthetic hormones should not be an option. 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 physiologic replacement doses of the natural hormone.
Natural Approach to Menopause
If low levels of hormones are causing your menopause symptoms, then the common-sense solution is to replace those hormones with the exact hormones that were lost in the first place. By replenishing the levels of progesterone, estrogen and testosterone with bioidentical hormones, you can feel your best again. Bioidentical hormones are biologically identical in structure to the hormones produced by the human body, so a woman’s cells respond to them in exactly the same way that they respond to the hormones produced by her own body. Take charge of your health today so you can feel your best and live life to the fullest.