Arezou Petrie, RPh
Estrogen is prescribed to relieve menopausal symptoms and treat postmenopausal problems such as vaginal dryness and tissue breakdown, painful intercourse, and various urinary disorders. Estrogens have been shown to decrease the risks of osteoporosis and colorectal cancer.
Progesterone is commonly prescribed for perimenopausal women to counteract “estrogen dominance”, minimizes the risk of endometrial cancer in women who are receiving estrogen, and may enhance the beneficial effect of estrogen on lipid and cholesterol profiles.
Androgens are a class of hormones that include DHEA and testosterone, which are normally produced in a young healthy woman, and are important for libido as well as integrity of skin, bone, and muscle. When women enter menopause, testosterone and DHEA levels may decline. Experts now recognize the importance of supplementing androgens for women who are deficient.
While women have benefited from therapy with bio-identical estrogen, progesterone, and androgens, researchers and health care professionals realize that this is just the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to achieving hormonal balance. Thyroid and adrenal function, as well as nutritional status, should also be evaluated and treated when indicated.
Published research has shown that the risk of cancer is increased by long-term use of conjugated equine estrogens, which are the most commonly prescribed form of commercially available estrogen. These estrogens are derived from pregnant mare’s urine are not naturally produced by humans.
The risk further increases when synthetic progestin medroxyprogesterone acetate is added. Synthetic medroxyprogesterone acetate does not confer all of the benefits of natural progesterone because it is not structurally identical to the hormones your body produces.
Drug companies add side chains which alter the molecular structure of the hormone because they need to patent medication. This adds no benefits, rather it increases chances of intolerable side-effects. That’s why we offer a natural alternative at an affordable price too.
The ideal process for achieving hormonal balance includes an assessment of hormone levels and complete evaluation of signs and symptoms, followed by replacement of the deficient hormones in the most appropriate dose via the most effective route for each individual, and monitoring to fine tune the therapy.