In search of youth, women turning to hormones

But such treatments have not been approved by the FDA for anti-aging


By Harriet Brot
August 3, 2009

Sometime after her 43rd birthday, Dawn Foley noticed she was beginning to look her age. And she didn’t like it one bit. A former beauty queen turned sales professional in Los Angeles, the blue-eyed brunette is used to turning heads. “I just did not want to look older,” she says. “You end up with wrinkles. Your skin starts to sag. And no matter how much you exercise, you just don’t have the body you had when you were 30.” She tried everything to stop the clock: diet pills that claim to stave off weight gain; photo facials and Fraxel laser treatment to rejuvenate skin and erase wrinkles. She even had her breasts lifted. “I’m happy with those,” she says. “But I wanted to look younger without any more surgery.”

Then Foley saw a news report about practitioners who claim they can reverse the aging process using a souped-up hormone regime. Getting old and fat is no longer inevitable, they said. It’s only a glandular disorder caused in part by dwindling hormones. And the way to fight that disorder is to replenish our levels to what they were in our 20s or 30s — whereupon we will once again feel as if we were that young. A little more digging brought Foley to Suzanne Somers’ best-selling books extolling the virtues of hormones.


Comment from Leslie

Living with the natural ebb and flow of your hormone cycle – is the best remedy for anti-aging.  The endocrine system does not become depleted and that aging process does not take its toll on women.  We will see many problems unfold for women who are using menstrual suppressants – including early aging.  Artificial hormones inhibit the body’s own hormone response system – reducing the amount of estrogen and progesterone that is naturally produced.  This causes aging.  Taking synthetic hormones after the body is depleted is not the cure.

Living with your body’s natural hormone cycle from first menstruation through to menopause is the Holy Grail for women.


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.