By Grace Cherian Women in North America, educated about the harmful effects of synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT), are now becoming aware of ...
By Grace Cherian
Women in North America, educated about the harmful effects of synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT), are now becoming aware of the great benefits of natural hormone replacement therapy (NHRT) or Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), both of which are synonymous. For the purposes of this article, I shall use the term NHRT. Women in other parts of the world have known about NHRT for ages. Many women in Asia, and some Mediterranean and Latin American countries use NHRT instead of synthetics. And these women typically breeze through menopause. They report fewer hot flashes and other menopause symptoms, improved mental states and better sleep patterns. They also have less heart disease and breast cancer.
NHRT is a combination of human estrogens and natural human progesterone. HRT, on the other hand is a ‘factory-made’ estrogen, much of which is derived from horse estrogen and a man-made progesterone called progestin. The ratio of estriol to estrone and estradiol (all ingredients of estrogen) is different in NHRT which also includes DHEA (dehydropiandrosterone), which turns into a natural testosterone in the body to maintain a woman’s sex drive.
Using NHRT can improve many bodily functions. It can promote bone formation, reduce joint pain and increase flexibility, improve skin condition and reduce sexual dysfunction symptoms such as painful intercourse, vaginal dryness and decreased libido. Women do better with human hormones rather than animal-derived hormones. Many studies show that the symptoms of menopause are better controlled with NHRT and it has fewer side effects. NHRT also dramatically protects women from heart disease and osteoporosis. There is a ‘right’ dose of NHRT for every woman so you may have to experiment with the triple estrogen ratios. A typical prescription for NHRT often contains 10% estrone, 10% estradiol and 80% estriol, mixed with 30 mg. of natural progesterone after menopause, and 10—30 mg DHEA, which should, but doesn’t always, convert to testosterone. If it doesn’t, your sex drive may remain low. In this case, you can discuss with your doctor the need to add a steroid to the mix of natural hormones.
Phytoestrogens, an alternative to HRT which is found in plant hormones has been used in Asian cultures for centuries to treat hot flashes. Many food sources, such as tofu and soy contain high concentrations of phytoestrogens. Japanese women, who have a high soy-based diet, report hot flashes about one-sixth as often as Western women. Breast cancer rates are dramatically lower in Japan than in the United States. Many experts believe this is because of the protective benefits of plant hormones.
To your health!
Grace Cherian is a natural health copywriter. You may visit her website at http://www.gracecherian.com.