Unless you have been living on a remote island for the past few years you have been exposed to the new evidence that seriously questions the wisdom of using traditional postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Since the 1930s, American women have been led to believe that menopause is a disease condition requiring treatment. Synthetic estrogen (Hormone Replacement Therapy) has been proposed as the "treatment" for this "disease."
In 1938, diethylstilbestrol (DES), the first synthetic estrogen, was discovered by Charles Dobbs. It, and the others that followed, were soon proposed as a cure for menopause, with much funding from the drug industry.
Now here is a concern, the study that was the basis for this belief was a small, flawed trial done in Puerto Rico in which 20 percent of the 132 women involved suffered serious side effects, and five died.
Nonetheless, FDA approval for synthetic estrogen was given based on this study. Later studies showed a risk of endometrial cancer five to 14 times the normal incidence among those who took synthetic estrogen. Synthetic progesterone was added to Hormone Replacement Therapy to reduce this problem. However, there was still a 40 percent to 70 percent higher risk of ovarian cancer.
The side effects of HRT can also include:
However, an estimated $940 million per year is made from the sale of one HRT drug, Premarin, alone. The marketing campaign is likely to continue.
There are several natural ways to help balance your hormone levels:
- Balance your omega-3 and omega-6 fat intake with emphasis on omega -3’s. Most American diets are heavy on omega 6 and 9 and deficient in omega 3
- Start an exercise program, even of the low- to moderate-intensity variety
- Avoid simple sugars, particularly when you are challenged by mood swings, anxiety, or depression.
- Avoid caffeine, or cut back on it. Caffeine is a common culprit in sleep problems and feelings of agitation. If you are suffering from these hormone-related symptoms, pay attention to how much caffeine you are getting in beverages and chocolate.
- Progesterone therapy. As an alternative to estrogen, some practitioners suggest progesterone cream to control hot flashes. Progesterone Cream is a natural skin cream that supplies a physiologically correct dose of progesterone into the body to help balance hormone levels in menopausal women. Acting similarly to estrogen, progesterone supports breast and uterine health and helps ease symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, irritability and poor sleep quality.
We suggest Autum Balance Progesterone Cream, it absorbs within seconds and leaves fresh, clean feeling skin. Be sure to buy progesterone cream guaranteed to contain at least 400 mg of micronized paraffin free progesterone per ounce.