Natural hormone replacement therapy (NHRT) is used to treat hormonal imbalances in both men and women. It has been successful in treating such conditions as osteoporosis, menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, and has even been shown to help prevent some forms of cancer. Natural hormone replacement is a safer alternative that causes fewer side-effects than synthetic hormone replacement therapy. Hormones commonly used in natural hormone replacement include estrogen, testosterone and progesterone.
Unlike natural hormones, synthetic hormones are not bioidentical to human hormones and can be found in common hormone treatments such as Provera and Prempro. In contrast, natural hormones are identical to hormones in the human body and are taken from natural sources, including wild yams. The dangers of synthetichormones are that they don’t fit into your body’s system like the “lock-and-key” fit of natural hormones; therefore, they linger longer in your body and have more time to cause unwanted side effects.
On the other hand, natural hormone replacement can reduce post-menopausal symptoms in women, including mood swings, hot flashes, irregular heartbeats, fatigue, bloating, depression and other post-menopausal symptoms. Treating hormonalimbalances with natural hormone replacement can also prevent conditions and diseases including osteoporosis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and help prevent some types of cancer.
You will want to discuss with your physician the risks associated with hormone replacement as well as precautions you should take. Even though natural hormones are approved by the FDA, they are not highly regulated. Thus, you should have as much information as possible before starting any type of medical treatments.
The medical community continues to be unsure if NHRT has the same risks as synthetic hormones. Natural androgen replacement treatment has been associated with increased irritability in men. It is possible that there may be less risk associated with the use of NHRT than with synthetic hormone replacement treatment because a lower dosage of hormones is administered.
Dosages of NHRT are available in several forms. DHEA testosterone can by administered in lozenges, tablets, patches and creams, while estriol, progesterone and estradiol come available in tablets, capsules, injections, implants, sprays, gels, creams and suppositories. You can discuss with your doctor which dosage type is right for you. If you want more information about the benefits of using natural hormone replacement, make an appointment today to find out what options are available.