Is Hormone Supplementation RIght for you?
If you are a woman in Perimenopause (5-10 years prior to Menopause), Menopause (defined as not having a period for a duration of 12 months) or Post-Menopause (anytime 5 years after Menopause), you may be exhibiting some of the signs / symptoms of a Hormone Deficiency. Some of these symptoms include:
If you suffer from any or all of the above signs / symptoms, Hormone Supplementation may be indicated for you. Bio-Identical Hormone Supplementation (B-HRT) is a safe, effective means of reversing many of these signs / symptoms and restoring your hormone to their youthful levels.
Natural vs. Synthetic Hormone Supplementation
The goal of Natural Hormone Supplementation is to restore Estrogens, Progesterone and Testosterone to their youthful levels, with the intent to alleviate many of the symptoms caused by the natural decline in hormone production with aging.
Natural Hormone preparations are derived from a plant source which can be chemically modified in the laboratory to produce the steroid hormones (Estradiol, Estriol, Estrone, Progesterone and Testosterone) to have the same or "bio-identical" chemical structure as the hormones produced by the human body. These natural bio-equivalent or "bio-identical" hormones have a similar activity as the body's own natural steroid hormones, producing the same desirable effects, without the undersirable side-effects associated with synthetic hormones.
Since natural bio-equivalent hormones cannot be patented, drug manufacturers created Synthetic Hormones in an attempt to mimic natural hormone function. These Synthetic Hormones, although similar, are structurally different enough from natural hormones to be able to be patented. The key distinction is not so much whether a hormone is natural or synthetic, but whether that hormone is found naturally in the body.
A popular synthetic estrogen commonly used in HRT is Premarin (derived from Pregnant Mare Urine) which is a combination of estradiol, estrone and horse estrogens. Although natural, in that it is from a natural source, it contains horse derived estrogens, which are not naturally found in a women's body. The chemical structure of these synthetic estrogens is not identical to that found in humans and furthermore have been shown to have significantly more side effects. Frequent follow-up evaluations to assess symptorms and periodic blood and /or urine testing to monitor hormone levels, further minimize any potential risks or side effects.
Are Bio-Identical Hormones Safe?
Many women are reluctant to start on Hormone Supplementation because of what they have heard in the media about Side Effects and an increase risk of Breast Cancer with Hormone Replacement Therapy. Most of this data was compiles from studies involving traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy (see below). Bio-Identical Hormone Supplementation with natural Bio-Identical Hormones provides a safe alternative to traditional Synthetic Hormone Replacement Therapy (Premain and Provera), and can virtually eliminate the side effects. The most commone side effects seen with Natural Bio-Equivalent Hormone Supplementation are Breast Tenderness, possible breakthrough Vaginal Bleeding and unwanted Hair Growth (with Testosterone Therapy). These side effects are often dose-related and can be minimized with a reduction in dose.
Women's Health Initiative
The Women's Health Initiative was launched in 1991, initially intended as a 15-year research study, consisting of a set of clinical trials designed to address the most common causes of death, disability and poor quality of life in post-menopausal women. The study was intended to test the effectiveness of Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), with synthetic Conjugated Equine Estrogens and Medroxyprogesterone Acetate: Premarin (Premarin and Provera), in over 160,000 postmenopausal women. The Women's Health Initiative study was actually stopped on July 7, 2002, after an average of 5.6 years of follow-up, due to data indicating an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, pulmonary emboli and dementia as well as an increase risk of breast cancer in women taking the synthetic hormones compared to those taking the placebo. For more information on the Women's Health Initiative, please visit the following link: WOMEN'S HEALTH INITIATIVE
Women and Testosterone
Although a woman has only about 10% of the Testosterone as a man, Women need Testosterone as well. When a woman passes through menopause, her testosterone levels can can decline significantly. Women with low testosterone can experience lower energy levels, a decrease in sex drive, a decrease in lean muscle and possibly an increase in the risk for bone loss and fractures. Supplementing with low dose transdermal testosterone can reverse many of these symptorms.
How is Hormone Supplementation Administered?
Although some homones can be administered by mouth or under the tongue (sublingual), such as Pregnenolone, Thyroid, DHEA and Melatonin, the Bio-Equivanent Hormones (Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone and Testosterone) are best administered as a cream or gel, applied topically to the skin (Transdermally) to the arms, thighs or labia, in a premeasured dosage, once or twice a day. The hormones are absorbed through the skin circulate throughout the body, providing steady hormone levels and having the same effect as your body's own natural hormones.
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