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Who Should Consider Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Anyone with a hormone imbalance — both men and women — should consider natural hormone replacement therapy.
Contrary to the significant risk factors you may have heard about with traditional hormone replacement therapy, natural hormone therapy is safe, easy to manage, with little to no side effects. It replaces your hormone deficiencies with bioidentical hormones (the same molecular structure as the hormones present in your body.) On the other hand, traditional hormone replacement therapy uses synthetic hormones that had to differ enough from the actual hormones in your body so that the compounds could be patented.
What are the benefits of natural hormone therapy?
Many of the benefits associated with natural hormone therapy are welcome solutions to problems that the average woman never considered treating, thinking that these problems were a normal part of every woman’s life.
In younger women, issues such as painful menstruation, extremely heavy menstruation, irritability, cramping, and a host of other problems are taken for granted.
For older women, problems such as night sweats, hot flashes, decreased libido, and facial hair don’t have to be inevitable.
These issues are often ignored because the average woman thinks these just go with the territory of being female.
Good news: these problems and so many others can be effectively managed with natural hormone therapy.
What are the side effects?
Ironically, the most common side effects are those that most women would view as benefits. For younger women, once their hormones are in balance they’re much more likely to be able to get pregnant, so proper precautions against conception must be taken. Both older and younger women may get an increase in their libido, which for most women is usually not a negative. Occasionally, when the hormone is applied as a cream, a woman may get a mild skin rash. This is usually corrected by changing the cream base.
Are there options other than natural hormone replacement therapy?
Good nutrition, proper sleep, supplementing diet with vitamins and minerals, isoflavones, omega-3 fatty acids, bowel cleansing, and several other products similar to naturally occurring estrogens can be helpful, although rarely needed as part of natural hormone therapy.
To fully determine if natural hormone therapy is an option for you, talk to Dr. Steven Ferguson or your doctor about your symptoms and potential health risks.
Dr. Ferguson has over 18 years of experience working with natural hormone therapy. He would be happy to further discuss your issues with you via HealthTap Concierge.