Is natural hormone replacement safe?
We believe natural hormones are safer than the use of synthetics. Natural hormones do not have foreign substances and they do not rely on dangerous aggressive hormones to treat symptoms.
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Unfortunately there are very few studies to support this because studies are usually funded directly or indirectly by drug companies. Since natural hormones cannot be patented and there is no money to be made by drug companies, they will not fund studies. Studies have shown that natural hormones have fewer side effects. With all the studies done on safety, an absolute conclusion is difficult.
The best general conclusion is that hormone replacement is safer than the alternative of doing nothing. We believe natural hormones raise the safety factor somewhat higher, particularly when combined with taking Indole-3-carbonol – we cannot answer the question of — how much safer?
“It’s all about balance – how do I know my “balance”?
We don’t mean to sound flip; however, it is done by trial and adjustment. We also do hormone replacement for male menopause. Men are comparatively easy and done more according to the lab test numbers i.e. keep estrogen down, raise testosterone, DHEA and also growth hormone if it is economically feasible, until they feel like a new man.
Women are a bit more complicated. You have three estrogens, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and growth hormone. It is not a simple case of lab test numbers because no two women are the same.
It is an educated guess by the doctor and educated input from you the patient i.e. the partnership — that achieves balance. Balance is defined as an absence of symptoms.
Can I use my doctor for this type of therapy?
Absolutely, if you can teach him/her how it is done. That may not be as far fetched as you might imagine. If they value you as a patient, they will listen. It is the listening part that is the challenge. Educate yourself! Don’t let the doctor leave the room until the following question is answered. Will you or won’t you help me with natural hormone therapy? If the answer is no, please give us a call or go to managing your health care.
Growth hormone is new to me. Why should I consider it?
Growth hormone is a key hormone and a major factor in aging. It is a wonderful hormone with one draw back — it is a bit costly. We would recommend it for anyone over the age of 35 who can afford it. It is truly the fountain of youth hormone. Other hormones have the ability to slow or temporarily stop the aging clock – growth hormone can turn the clock back. See Growth Hormone . Growth hormone starts at about $450 per month and can go to $800 per month depending on what you want to achieve. Used in conjunction with other hormones, the results are quite remarkable. It makes an age 30 body very achievable.
If synthetic hormones are so bad, why are drug companies allowed to sell them?
We wonder the same thing. However, in their qualified defense, synthetics are better than doing nothing. Our point is that natural hormones are so much better. They have fewer side effects and they do not come in a one-size-fits-all pill. Natural formulas do not rely on dangerous aggressive estrogens to treat symptoms nor do they have synthetic ingredients that make them more dangerous. Natural hormones are mixed by a professional pharmacist for your individual needs.
It would be refreshing to see a label on a synthetic hormone that states, “This may not be the best product, but we will sell it because it is ours — we have a patent”.
In stating that women should take charge of their “change”, are you suggesting I should diagnose and treat myself?
No, that is not what we are saying. We are saying that every woman is different and symptoms of hormonal change will differ greatly. That also means that treatment will of necessity be different. Far too often a physician cannot or will not take the time required to thoroughly understand each woman and develop a plan to meet each individual’s needs.
Additionally every plan, no matter how well thought out, will need adjustment usually through educated guess and trial. Again, that takes time. For example, a few minutes before writing this I received a call from a new client who is surgically menopausal. After thorough analysis three weeks ago, she was put on 5mg of triest, 50mg of progesterone and 2mg of testosterone. She is feeling much better; however, she is still having some hot flashes, is retaining some water and has a small amount of breakout on her chin – she is not in balance.
As a result, we will switch her to Biest, increase her progesterone and decrease her testosterone. That should bring her closer to balance with maybe another small adjustment in three to four weeks. Only by her knowing her body and hormones and our being willing to listen and take the time to make changes can she achieve balance. Point to be made – know your body and know about hormones so you can demand to be, and be, a partner with your doctor.
Won’t my doctor resent my telling him how to practice medicine?
First of all, you are not telling your doctor how to practice medicine. You are giving him educated constructive input; symptoms and what you think they mean. Anything less and you are a “patient” with complaints as it is known inside the doctor’s office. Most doctors will welcome your input if you know what you are talking about. If not – get another doctor and call us.
Perimenopause or Menopause
Below are the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.
Am I experiencing Menopause?
- Have not had a period for 12 months or longer
- Periods are lighter, less often and last a few days
- I am 45 or older
- Intercourse is painful
- Memory problems and brain fog occur
- My skin is dry and wrinkled
- I am not sleeping well
- I am feeling anxious, irritable and tire easily
- I don’t have a desire for sex
- I have vaginal dryness or an increase in vaginal infections
- I am leaking urine
- I have gained weight
- I have hot flashes and/or night sweats
Or could it be Perimenopause?
- I am 35 or older
- I am having heavy periods
- I have gained ten pounds and my abdomen is bloated
- I have endometriosis
- I have uterine fibroids
- I have fibroid breast cysts
- I have headaches
- I am getting PMS symptoms
- I am having hot flashes and/or night sweats
- I keep forgetting things
- I have a reduced libido
If I have had my uterus removed, do I still need progesterone?
Yes, you still need progesterone. This is perhaps the biggest and most dangerous misconception on the part of many doctors. Progesterone does many other things besides protection against cancer of the uterus. It balances estrogen and makes it safer, it prevents bone loss and in general it makes you feel much better.
How do I know if I am in peri-menopause and how long will it last?
Peri-menopause literally means “around menopause” and it begins when hormones start to change. By medical definition ends when menopause begins 12 months after the last period – in America age 52 is the average. You know when it begins by knowing the signs and symptoms. It can start as early as age 35, but certainly by the early 40’s. It can last as long as 10 years before menopause.
How big a role does diet play in hormonal changes?
Opinions differ on this, but let us share one statistic: In the United States 46% of women try hormone replacement — in Japan it is 6%. Obviously many factors can influence those statistics. However, it is generally accepted that Japanese women have fewer symptoms due to their diet.