Are you confused about hormone replacement therapy?
If you’re just now learning about hormone replacement therapy, then you may wonder which option is best for you. You’ve no doubt heard about bioidentical hormones. However, you still may be confused because there has been a lot of hype about hormones in general. There is a big difference between bioidentical and counterfeit hormones, and this has led to a lot of confusion when it comes to deciding how to treat symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
Bioidentical vs. Counterfeit Hormones
Bioidentical hormones are identical in molecular structure to the hormones produced by your body. Counterfeit hormones are not. Take Premarin, for instance. Premarin, which is derived from pregnant mare urine, contains numerous horse estrogens that are not found in humans. Birth control pills contain progestins, which is very different from progesterone. Provera contains medroxyprogesterone, again, not progesterone. Counterfeit hormones have been shown to have numerous negative side effects, including increased risk of blood clots, stroke and heart disease, as well as breast cancer.
The Women’s Health Initiative studied 27,347 postmenopausal women, age 50–79 years. The women were given counterfeit hormones – conjugated equine estrogens (Premarin) with medroxyprogesterone acetate (progestin or Provera) for women with an intact uterus and Premarin alone for women with hysterectomy, or their placebos. The main outcomes were coronary heart disease and invasive breast cancer, respectively, as well as stroke, pulmonary embolism, colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer, hip fracture, and deaths. (1)
Hormones are Critical for Health
The age-related decline in hormones produces many of the diseases associated with midlife, such as heart disease, cancer and cognitive decline. When it comes to solving the problem of hormone imbalance, we have several options:
1) Do nothing and experience the adverse effects of hormonal deficiency;
2) Take exogenous chemicals (drugs) to ameliorate the effects resulting from this decline; or
3) Treat the root cause by replacing exactly what is missing.
Hormonal decline is associated with a loss of function as well as fatigue, bone loss, loss of muscle mass, low moods, poor sleep, inflammation, low libido, and thinning of skin, to name a few. (2)
Hormones are not just for women who are going through the change of life.
First of all, we are born with hormones. Men and women alike. Hormones are chemical messengers that regulate the functions of our body. Without them, we could not survive. And when our hormone levels decline, we experience undesirable health symptoms. Young girls in their teens often experience hormonal imbalance when they reach puberty. Women experience hormonal changes in midlife, after childbirth, and while taking birth control pills or counterfeit estrogen hormones. Men start gaining that tire around the waist, become tired and irritable, and lose their ambition and drive.
How do you know if bioidentical hormones can help you?
It’s really quite simple. These are some of the most common symptoms that indicate a hormone deficiency and imbalance:
- weight gain
- night sweats
- brain fog
- hot flashes
- loss of libido
- premenstrual syndrome
- irregular menstrual cycles
- menstrual cramps
- mood swings
- low libido
- lack of initiative, assertiveness and drive
- decline in sense of well-being and self-confidence
- depressed, irritable moods
- increased body fat around the waist
- decline in sexual ability
- decreased mental sharpness
- lessened stamina and endurance
- loss of muscle mass, strength, and tone
- sleep apnea
- gynecomastia (enlarged breasts)
You don’t need prescription drugs for the symptoms of hormonal decline.
It is common for conventional doctors to prescribe prescription drugs for each symptom a patient is experiencing, such as sleep medication, anti-anxiety medications, and antidepressants. Doctors often prescribe birth control pills for women who have irregular periods and painful cramps. This does not solve the underlying cause of the problem. When the cause is a hormone deficiency, why would you take a prescription drug, which is foreign to the human body, when what you really need is the very hormone you are missing?
It’s just common sense.
Think about it. If your body is missing something, wouldn’t you want to replace it with exactly the same thing that is missing? If you lose the key to your house, you would replace it with the exactly same key so that it will fit into the lock. You wouldn’t replace it with a different shaped key, or it wouldn’t work. So why put something foreign into your body instead of what it really needs?
Watch as Dr. Hotze explains the benefits of bioidentical hormones:
If you are like a lot of people out there who are having health issues, then hormones may not even be on your radar yet. Take our symptom checker health quiz to find out what hormonal imbalances or deficiencies could be the underlying cause of your symptoms.
Bioidentical Hormones for Women