Alternatives For Hormone Replacement Therapy
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Article Title: Alternatives For Hormone Replacement Therapy
Author: Olinda Rola
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Do alternatives for hormone replacement therapy exist? Yes!
Available alternatives for hormone replacement therapy are of
two primary forms - synthetic therapy and natural hormone
The synthetic hormone replacement therapy drugs are not the
same as natural hormones that occur in the body. Since
substances occurring naturally cannot be patented, drug
companies alter the molecular structure and create new
substances that are patentable and therefore protected for
business purposes. Examples are Premarin, Prempro and Provera -
these synthetic drugs are different in their molecular structure
from the estrogens and progesterone found in the human body.
But alternatives for hormone replacement therapy using
synthetic drugs may not treat your symptoms of menopause
safely! And the problem with synthetic drugs is - since they
are different from what occurs naturally in the human body, the
body treats them differently, and the result is often harmful
side effects. Synthetic hormone replacement therapy risks may
exceed the benefits based on numerous clinical trials such as
the Women's Health Initiative studies!
On the other hand, natural alternatives for hormone replacement
therapy use natural estrogen and/or natural progesterone
hormones. Natural hormones are also referred to as bioidentical
hormones. Using safer natural alternatives for hormone
replacement therapy is recommended by numerous physicians since
the body is able to receive, use and eliminate the natural
hormones as needed. Most women may not need synthetic drugs
with related side effects to regain health and eliminate
symptoms of hormone imbalance.
The two primary hormones for a woman are estrogen and
progesterone. Both are needed to function normally and for good
health. In a healthy woman and normal menstrual cycle, estrogen
is the main hormone produced for the first 10-12 days following
the previous menstrual flow. With ovulation, the body begins
producing progesterone that continues for the next 12 days or
so. If pregnancy does not occur, estrogen and progesterone
levels will drop at around day 28 and menstruation begins.
However, if there is no ovulation, progesterone will not be
produced by the body that cycle. This event is called an
annovulatory cycle, and it is happens frequently today for
women in their thirties and forties - no ovulation and no
What this means is the woman will be deficient in progesterone
with an excess of estrogen, which will likely result in
symptoms of hormone imbalance. Progesterone balances or opposes
many actions of estrogen. Without suitable progesterone in the
body, symptoms of hormone imbalance will likely be experienced.
The symptoms of hormone imbalance can be signs that your body
isn�t getting the support it needs.
If the woman has had a hysterectomy, surgical menopause means
the body produces little or no progesterone, creating hormone
imbalance. And in postmenopausal women, the production of
progesterone ceases as ovulation no longer happens. However,
estrogen production will still be 40 to 60 percent of what it
once was even after menopause.
How does a woman know more about appropriate natural
alternatives for hormone replacement therapy? One way is to
work with a naturopathic doctor who is schooled and trained in
both conventional medicine and natural alternative medicine. If
you are currently on synthetic HRT and want to change to natural
HRT, you should consult with doctors experienced in the use of
natural hormone replacement therapy. Naturopathic physicians
are medical doctors that work to restore and support the body's
systems by using medicines and techniques that are in harmony
with natural body processes. A naturopathic physician will
prefer treatments which keep harmful side effects risks at a
Another way is to take the online hormone health test provided
by a leading women's health clinic. The online test takes just
a few minutes and is free. Find out more about your health,
symptoms, what the symptoms may be telling you and what to do
about it based on your answers to important questions. And read
more about hormone imbalance and physician-recommended natural
alternatives for hormone replacement therapy.
Copyright 2005 InfoSearch Publishing
About The Author: Read more about natural progesterone at
as well as estrogen alternatives for hormone replacement
therapy. Olinda Rola is President of InfoSearch Publishing and
webmaster of http://www.safemenopausesolutions.com which is a
website of natural health articles and resources.
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