The Rhythmic Orchestration of Biomimetic Hormones

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Posted on 3 Jan 2010 In: Youth Orchestra

It is the natural biomimetic rhythm that is missing from most hormone replacement therapies which women in menopause are taking today to feel better, avoid hot flashes, and increase libido. People have become accustomed to talking about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) for menopause.

Questions about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) began with the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). This study of more than 161,000 women was designed to identify the benefits and risks of using menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) to prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, breast and colorectal cancer, and osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Many people, including some doctors, did not realize that the results of WHI Study dealt with women over 65 who were taking synthetic hormone replacement therapy using the drugs PremPro and Premarin only. The study was ended mid-stream in 2002 when WHI investigators found that the possible risks of this synthetic therapy exceeded the safety limits established at the beginning of the study.

In fact, the term “bio-identical” has become a catch all phrase for anything that is not a synthetic hormone. Bio-identical hormone products are usually formulated from natural plant sources to match the chemical structure of hormones produced naturally by the human body. Technically, the body can’t distinguish bio-identical hormones from the ones produced by the ovaries.

The term bio-identical can only be accurate if the hormones are reproduced to mimic the hormones found in the body plus the natural biological process, which has a specific rhythm. Hormones can be called bio-identical only if they are dosed in a biomimetic fashion – in a rhythm – and more specifically, in a multi-phasic rhythmic dosing schedule. Biomimetic is the scientifically accurate term.

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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.