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Why Is My World Upside Down? Bioidentical Hormones May Be A Solution

By Dr. Daemon Jones Expert HERWriter
 
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Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and vaginal dryness are symptoms that many women deal with as they move through menopause. These symptoms impact women’s daily lives and their quality of life. In an effort to get their lives back, women are looking for solutions for symptoms of menopause.

One solution is using bioidentical hormones to even out the changes in female hormones that cause these problems. What are bioidentical hormones and how do they work?

Bioidentical hormones are hormones that have the exact same chemical structure as ones that our body produces. They are also hormones that are made from plant substances, usually soy and yams, and converted into the exact form of estrogens our body produces. They can help balance hormones and reduce menopausal symptoms.

The bioidentical estrogens are 17 beta-estradiol, estrone and estriol. The body cannot tell the difference between these and the hormones your ovaries produce.

In addition to estrogens, there's also bioidentical micronized progesterone. This is used in combination with estrogens to reduce symptoms.

This combination of estrogens and progesterone is used for all women with a uterus. The combination can prevent the increased risk of endometrial cancer that happens if only estrogens are being prescribed.

If a woman has had a hysterectomy a more personalized bioidentical treatment that does not necessarily include progesterone may be included.

Bioidentical estrogens can be prescribed in pill, patch, cream, gel, lotion or vaginal preparation form. Progesterones are in capsules or gel form only. Bioidentical hormones have been shown to reduce menopausal symptoms without side effects.

One of the concerns some patient express about hormone replacement therapy is in regards to the controversy surrounding the use of hormones during the 2002 Women’s Health Initiative (WHI).

During that study it was found that taking synthetic hormones increased the risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots. The recommendations for that study were clear. Women need to have discussions with their doctors before taking hormone replacement therapy.

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Menopause Moxie

It concerns me when doctors recommend women to consult a doctor about hormones when they know very well they don't teach hormone restoration in medical school. Doctors are not forthcoming with their lack of knowledge, education, training, and experience with optimizing hormones.

As a physician, why aren't you restoring hormones to reproductive levels to protect the body against and prevent disease? Menopause is a direct indication of estrogen deficiency. Why are you treating the symptoms of menopause when you can fix the problem by restoring estrogen and progesterone in a cyclical rhythm with bioidentical hormones?

July 10, 2013 - 1:32pm
Wendy Collett_2

I am all for whatever solution(s) works for women to relieve their symptoms including HRT. Despite low dose HRT I still have night sweats every night and hot flashes once in a while. I have found the sleepwear and day wear from Dry Babe to be a big problem solver when it comes to both. Their mainly cotton garments are cute, stylish, and they absorb moisture really well. It has become a miracle solution for me - www.drybabe.com .

July 4, 2013 - 4:46am
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