Information for Women About Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy

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Bioidentical ” natural hormone replacement

Bioidentical is defined in the American Heritage Dictionary as follows: Bio means life; living organism. Identical means being the same. Bioidentical means any substance similar to the substance in the living organism. When bioidentical is used, it refers to any natural hormone which has the same molecular structure as in a human body.

Synthetic hormones have been created and are used in this modern day. It is the popular thinking of this day and age that synthetics are used because a human body is incapable of using natural substances to create the hormones it needs – but look at how long mankind has survived with natural substances from mother earth compared to the problems that synthetics cause.

Why hormone therapy?

Hormones are chemical substances, produced in the body from the nourishment that is given it, that are then transported by the blood to other organs to stimulate their function. The functions are numerous and include growth, muscle tone, bone density, energy level and more.

From the age of 35 and each year thereafter, the amount of hormones created in the body decreases. Among the thirty-nine different hormones that are manufactured by our bodies are estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

Should we be with out these hormones in perimenopause (the time prior to menopause) and menopause years? Climacteric symptoms ” ones that indicate the period of decrease of reproductive capacity in men and women, culminating, in women, in the menopause, can span over 30 years from age 35 to 70 years. The first hormone that declines is progesterone (causes anxiety, irritability 15 years before menopause) followed by Estrogen (causes hot flashes and vaginal dryness, may last up to 2-3 years in 75% and in the rest can last way longer) and then Testosterone which is required to maintain muscle mass and strength and libido.

Should we just let nature take its course and suffer through? NO!!

Is cancer related to hormones?

To answer this question, it is beneficial to understand a bit more about estrogen. In the female human body there are 3 different kinds of estrogens that occur naturally. They are called Estrone, Estriol and Estradiol. Of the three only one is clot forming and the one that stimulates breasts and creates cancer and it is Estrone. The synthetic estrogens that are used in this day, do not have Estriol, the most protective anti-cancer estrogen. The synthetic horse estrogens contain over a third of equine estrogens which are not compatible at all to a human female.

The natural female cycle in which progesterone is created occurs only 15 days of every month. The usual synthetic progesterone prescription that is given is for each day of the month. A long list of female body problems occur from the synthetic hormones while on the other hand, the natural bioidentical hormones are created from natural sources such as soy or yam and modified to match the human hormones exactly.

Symptoms such as breast tenderness, vaginal bleeding, loss of memory, bloating, hot flashes and a myriad of other situations decrease with the use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. The bioidentical progesterone helps to improve the mood, have less irritability, a diminishing of digestive problem and flatulence plus other helpful benefits.

Synthetic progesterone hormones create unhappy women, a lessened quality of life, higher levels of bad cholesterol that can lead to coronary problems, a loss of memory and less bone density. On the other hand, bioidentical progesterone creates the opposite because it is compatible with the human body thus it makes for a happier, healthier life.

What causes cancer in menopausal women?

During menopause, the lack of hormonal balance begins to happen in a women’s body. Estrone levels that escalate too high and progesterone levels that fall very low are what need to be paid attention to. Estrone that is way too high causes cancer and progesterone, which is cancer preventative falling too low creates problems. Replacing bioindentical hormones in women makes a natural balance of the two hormones. Creating this natural balance is evident with a happier and higher quality of life for women.

About the Author:

Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.