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Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy is used to help treat the symptoms of menopause, perimenopause and post-menopause.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy improves quality of life dramatically.
Menopause symptoms are related to a deficiency of estrogen and progesterone. The vasomotor symptoms of menopause include hot flashes and night sweats. The genito-urinary symptoms of menopause include vaginal dryness, pain with intercourse and urinary problems. Symptoms in other systems include dry skin, sagging breast, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's dementia.
Treatment with natural hormones usually includes creating a unique combination of hormones for the individual patient, based on their hormone deficiencies. These are often referred to as "custom-compounded" hormone products. The major benefit of this type of treatment is that doses are individualized, and the mixture of products may not be commercially available. Blood tests need to be followed to confirm appropriate dosing.
Bio-Identical vs Natural Hormones
Non-bio-identical synthetic progesterone analogues (called progestins) are often confused with the natural hormone progesterone. Progestins have been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer while progesterone has been shown to decrease the risk of breast cancer. Estrogens are also different: horse estrogen is the most commonly prescribed, but have been shown to cause heart attacks, stokes, and blood clots, where as Bio-Identical estrogen does not. The Women's Health Initiative Study did not use real estrogen or progesterone. Because of these safety concerns, Dr. Borgardt feels strongly that only Bio-Identical hormones should be used in hormone replacement.
Because these hormones are natural, they are not patentable. Studies have indicated that these hormones are safer than, and as effective as, non-identical (patentable) synthetic or animal hormones. The FDA has permitted the marketing of approved natural hormones in standardized formulations.
Premarin and Provera are dangerous and should not be used for hormone replacement therapy.
The Women's Health Initiative Randomized Controlled Trial which was published in the July 17, 2002 issue of The Journal of American Medical Association Vol 288 No. 3, showing that PremPro, the combination of Premarin (non-human estrogens derived from pregnant
mare-horse urine) and Provera (Medroxyprogesterone acetate) was dangerous. This type of "hormone replacement therapy" is not really true hormone replacement therapy since to be categorized as "hormone" the substance must naturally exist in the human female or male body. The results of the PremPro study do not apply to Bio-Identical hormone replacement.
Large scale studies of bioidentical hormones compared with artificial hormones were presented at the American College of Physicians in 2013. Studies showed that topical Estradiol decreases you risk of breast cancer, and does not cause heart attacks and strokes. Bioidentical Progesterone does not increase the risk of breast cancer like the artificial progesterone.. Let's stick with the Bioidenticals.
Bio-Identical hormone replacement is essential to maintain female quality of life.