Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy--What Is It?

Women are beginning to realize that living without their hormones is unnecessary at best and miserable and dangerous at worst.

What if hormone replacement could really imitate youthful hormone levels, not just mask a few symptoms? What if replacing hormones has the potential to alleviate many diseases associated with aging? After all, history has shown that young women aren’t susceptible to glaucoma, cancer and heart disease, to name a few. The main difference between young women and old women is reproductive capacity and the attendant hormones. Medicine bears witness that the majority of women with normal hormones do not have those diseases.

Common sense dictates that natural hormone replacement (not synthetic drugs with hormone-like effects), does not cause cancer. If estrogen and progesterone, or even testosterone, caused cancer, all young women would be dead. If logic like that tells us that estrogen doesn’t actually cause cancer in and of itself, then there must be more to the story. Synthetic drugs with hormone-like effects, however, are not the answer.  The solution lies with the kind of estrogen, how much and when to take it.

Currently many believe that a hormone is natural if it is found in nature or created in a lab and it is chemically identical to the hormone in the body. It is important to note that if the substance or structure is changed in a laboratory, then it becomes a synthetic hormone.  It may trigger the activity of hormone receptors produced in the body – alluding to a natural occurring result, however, synthetics differ not only in structure but in the synergistic actions they have on the mechanisms of the body. What if it is important for the body to actually recognize the substance coming in as a hormone?