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Replace Hormones With Bioidentical – It’s Natural
By: by Anju Mathur, MD
Understanding the word bioidentical is important. The word Bio is defined as life; living organism. Identical is defined as being the same. Put the two words together and it means any thing that consists of the same substance that is found in the living organism. The reference of bioidentical is used especially for any natural hormone with the same cell structure as that found in a human body.

The popular thinking of this day and age is not about bioidentical natural hormone replacement ” popular thinking is usually concerned with synthetic hormones. The popular idea is that a body cannot use a natural substance to create the hormones needed, therefore synthetic hormones are used. The problem with popular thinking is that it does not require you to think at all by Kevin Meyers. Is popular thinking smart thinking?

Why replace hormones?

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.

With each passing year after age 35, our organs produce less and less of the hormones needed to maintain a healthy body. The decrease of hormones includes estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid and others.

Should you suffer on through without enough hormones during the pre-menopause and menopause years? The symptoms that appear during the decrease of reproductive capacity can last almost three decades. Progesterone is the first hormone to diminish starting 15 years before menopause and is marked with symptoms like irritability and anxiousness. The hormone that is next to follow in lessened amounts is estrogen which is marked by hot flashes and vaginal dryness that can last three years or more. The next hormone that gradually reduces is testosterone which is the one that gives you strength, muscle tone and your sex drive.

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 main ingredients used in bioidentical hormones are made from either soy or yam, then altered naturally in a lab to match human hormones exactly. The synthetic progesterone is made from the urine of horses and the prescription is for a daily dose, while the body only naturally makes progesterone only 15 days each month. Synthetic progesterone creates side effects such as retaining water, gaining weight, produces migraine headaches, raises the bad cholesterol and other body situations.

When taking the bioidentical progesterone, because it is compatible with the human body, a women can experience improvements in mood, a lessening of irritability, relief from bloating and hot flashes besides a diminishing of other problems with the digestion, with flatulence and with memory loss. Using the bioidentical hormone therapy has also shown improvements in the reduction of tender or swollen breasts and a reduction in vaginal bleeding.

In conclusion bioidentical progesterone makes happier women, a better quality of life, more cardiovascular protection, better cancer protection, more brain protection and better bone protection. On the other hand synthetic progesterone antagonizes the beneficial effects and creates the opposite results.

Why is cancer a concern in menopause?

During menopause, the cancer protective hormone, progesterone, drops while the cancer causing hormone estrogen rises. Replacing hormones naturally with bioidentical hormones in women brings about the balance once again. Doing so creates a better quality of life that can be enjoyed, one that a women is happy, strong and vibrant.

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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.