Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Controversy has surrounded traditional hormone replacement therapy for many years. Recent studies indicate that not only is traditional hormone replacement therapy ineffective in combating osteoporosis and heart disease, it is dangerous to your health.

Recent studies about hormone supplements and their side effects:

  • une 2003: Breast cancer in women taking estrogen-progestin pills may be harder to detect and more aggressive; from an analysis of data from the government’s landmark Women’s Health Initiative study.
  • May 2003: Estrogen-progestin pills, once thought to sharpen the mind, are linked with a doubling of the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in older women; from another analysis of WHI data.
  • September 2002: Among women with breast cancer, better survival rates are found in hormone users than in nonusers, suggesting users’ tumors might be less aggressive; from an Oregon Health and Science University study of 292 women.
  • July 2002: The Women’s Health Initiative study of more than 16,000 women links estrogen-progestin pills with an increased risk of breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes.
  • January 2001: A study of 5,212 postmenopausal women finds increased breast density in those taking hormones, but says the changes may disappear once hormones are stopped; from researchers at a Seattle HMO.

Once one considers the fact that the body was created to balance its own hormones it becomes apparent that with some additional investigation and work, hormones can be balanced naturally.

Hormones are constantly created and broken down by the body. Sometime the rate of production and the rate of degradation fall out of balance. This can happen due to liver toxicity since the liver is the primary organ involved in hormonal breakdown. After the ovaries stop producing the majority of hormones, the adrenal glands use cholesterol to form the hormones now necessary. Cholesterol imbalance, stress, weak adrenals and nutritional deficiencies can all contribute to decreased hormone production and eventually imbalance.

Since postmenopausal women do not have fluctuating hormones, it is usually rather simple to determine hormonal imbalance. A simple test using two ml of saliva can give us accurate levels of three forms of estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, and testosterone. When these levels have been determined a supplementation schedule can be established to balance the hormonal levels.

Here at Gateway Natural Medicine and Diagnostic Center we test for bioidentical hormones and help create a natural and healthy hormonal balance.