MENOPAUSE

Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH

The menopause is a time during which levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which control a woman’s menstrual cycle, decline to the point where she is no longer menstruating and will therefore not bear children.

Oestrogen is a feel good hormone and progesterone reduces anxiety. Both these hormones fluctuate wildly in peri-menopause when ovulations become irregular. In the peri-menopause estrogen and progesterone levels spike and drop suddenly. Progesterone is produced in the ovaries, and is the precursor for both estrogen and testosterone, as well as many other natural steroid hormones.

The hormones oestrogen and progesterone work together to regulate mood. The declining levels of these hormones during the menopause means a woman at this stage of life is more susceptible to anxiety and other menopausal symptoms. If anxiety is left untreated or severe it can escalate into panic attacks.

SYMPTOMS

Hot flushes, Night sweats, Fatigue, Sleeplessness, Difficulty concentration, Mood swings, Irritability, Aggressiveness, Panic attacks, Anxiety, Feelings of sadness, Depression, Memory lapses or loss, Lack of motivation, Tension, Heart palpitations, Headaches, Irregular periods, Bloating, Weight gain, Muscle tension, Sore joints, Vaginal dryness, Loss of libido, Frequent urination, Urinary tract infections.

It is important to remember that the above listed symptoms are not always linked to the menopause. For example, low serotonin or low glucose levels (hypoglycemia) can trigger many of the above symptoms.

VITAMIN & MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS

– For a few years I have been recommanding Menovital (HealthAid) and many ladies told me it usually gives best results in regulating estrogen (according to our customers) and removing unpleasant symptoms associated with menopause.

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– Folate (Vitamin B9) is important for the body to make many of the mood-regulating hormones. Best sources of folate are green leafy vegetables and pulses (legumes).

– Some studies have found benefits with higher doses of a Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 500 mg a day.

Vitamin D3 – 30,000 IU a day with meal for one or two months and 20,000 IU a day after that. Vitamin D deficiency plays important role in the development of osteoporosis. It is essential in helping your body to properly absorb and use calcium which helps to keep spine and bones strong. Without vitamin D, our body begins to robe the spine of calcium. Since vitamin D supplements lead to magnesium deficiency, and because according to recent studies almost every in the UK person is now deficient not only in vitamin D but also magnesium, you must take 400 to 800mg of good quality magnesium every day. The most important way of obtaining vitamin D is of course through regular sun exposures during summer time between 10am and 2pm. Unfortunately, since in the UK almost every person is deficient in vitamin D the only solution seems to be supplementation. Read more about vitamin D >

– Deficiency of Magnesium contributes to menopause and osteoporosis. Take 800mg or 2 x 400mg of well-absorbed magnesium citrate between meals with water. MagCitra is an excellent supplement as it is high in elemental magnesium citrate. Also remember to take magnesium whenever you use vitamin D supplements as it leads to magnesium deficiency! The more vitamin D3 you take the higher doses of magnesium you need.

SUPER FOODS & HERBAL REMEDIES

– Omega 3 fats have been suggested by research to have a calming and anti-depressive effect on the nervous system enhancing brain health and mental well-being. Rich sources of Omega-3 are: Spirulina, Chlorella, Flax oil, flax seeds (ground), chia seeds, walnuts, almonds, and pumpkin seeds. Apart from plant sources of omega 3 use also omega 3 fish oil (ate least 1000 mg a day) but only good quality one and with capsules made out of fish gelatine (Pharma Nord).

– The following story may encourage you to use ground flaxseed: “My wife (62) had hot flashes for many years. In the beginning she tried HRT for a short time but to no avail and stopped. She tried black cohosh, soy, and other supplements, again to no avail. Last year she heard Dr. Oz recommend ground flax seed. Two tablespoonfuls a day stopped the hot flashes completely the same day. When she forgets to take the flax the hot flashes are back that night. Taking the ground flax seed again and the hot flashes are immediately gone. To avoid oxidation she buys whole flax seed and grinds it in a coffee grinder. It is simple and cheap and it is the only thing that has worked.”

– Maca is a plant that grows in central Peru and it is used for female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, symptoms of menopause, osteoporosis, depression, insomnia, anaemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, enhancing energy, memory.

Maca contains no hormones itself, yet has a rare set of nutrients that nourish the endocrine system, supports the adrenal glands & the thyroid to produce hormones. The medicinal properties of Maca can provide relief from both menopause & andropause symptoms. It can slow down the aging process by maintaining the correct levels of oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, or DHEA.

– Take 10 Chlorella tablets (500mg per tablet) about 15-30 minutes before breakfast. Drop in reproductive hormones beginning at middle age (and sometimes much earlier) often triggers a reaction in your thyroid. Spirulina and chlorella are high in natural iodine and thus will increase health of the thyroid.

– If you are tired try maca, zinc, and vitamin D3 as they stimulate testosterone production: “I am a female on a balanced program of bio-identical hormones. Testosterone gives me energy and corrects depression. It is unfortunate that most doctors are unaware that women need testosterone.”

– Soy isoflavones. Numerous studies have shown that soy foods and supplements can lower cholesterol, help reduce menopausal symptoms (hot flushes); preliminary research suggests it may reduce the risk of breast, uterine, and colon cancer, and benefit those with osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. It is not recommended for those with impaired thyroid function.

– Black cohosh (active ingredient: remifemin). Studies show that this herb can reduce hot flushes and improve mood. Research involving black cohosh plus St. John’s wort, has shown benefits for both hot flushes and depression in menopause. Black Cohosh mimics the effects of oestrogen, relieves hot flushes and vaginal dryness, is reported to have a sedative and relaxing effect and can also relieve anxiety and irritability. According to some controversial studies regular use of black cohosh for a longer period of time may contribute to liver damage and higher lead levels in the blood. It is not clear whether black cohosh stimulates the growth of breast cancer cells or inhibits their growth. With regards to both liver toxicity and breast cancer research has been limited and has produced mixed results as according to some studies the same herb was beneficial in treating breast cancer. Nevertheless, taking Black Cohosh together with Milk Thistle and Chlorella along with unrefined plant-based diet and healthy lifestyle should eliminate any possible harmful effect.

– Red clover contain isoflavones, which work as phytoestrogens, with possible benefits for menopause. It may help reduce cholesterol levels and protect against osteoporosis by reducing bone loss. Red clover may assist in the relief of menopausal symptoms as it is rich in phytonutrients and phytoestrogens, which are similar in shape to the female hormone called estrogen.

– Evening primrose oil helps to regulate hormones and combat mood swings.

– Agnus castus, a herb that helps the body to produce more of its own progesterone, which balances oestrogen. Menopause is an ongoing process so although you may need Agnus castus at the start, if you get the heavier, more frequent periods, but it wont be appropriate all the way through. Once your oestrogen levels start to fall, Agnus castus is no longer the right herb. It wont work for hot flushes, low mood or low libido, which are signs of low oestrogen. Black Cohosh is the right remedy for these symptoms.

Studies have demonstrated benefits of Rhodiola for reducing fatigue and enhancing mental function.

– Valerian is an herb that is used for its calming and sedating properties. Studies show that it is useful for insomnia and chronic sleep disorders. It may take a few weeks to get the optimal effect.

– Also Tulsi tea has relaxing and calming properties and are helpful for those with insomnia due to anxiety.

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– Wild Yam – 500mg Mexican Wild Yam Capsules. Suitable for vegans. Each tablet contains 50mg of Mexican wild yam powder 10:1 extract the equivalent of 500mg wild yam. It contains alkaloids which may have a muscle relaxant action in the abdominal and pelvic regions together with oestrogen like compounds diosgenin. A progesterone precursor and steroidal saponins with anti-inflammatory properties.

Reviews of Wild Yam: “As a result of taking Wild Yam my anxiety levels become greatly reduced. No nasty side effects.”;

“I ordered Wild Yam a few weeks ago and after taking 2 a day feel so much better!”;

“To my horror in October I experienced post-menopausal bleeding. After one month of bleeding every day, and getting worse, I heard from a friend that when it happened to her she was put on a week of progesterone. So I bought Mexican Yam (a natural source of progesterone). Took 3 a day for two weeks. After one week bleeding stopped and has not returned.”

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LIFESTYLE SUGGESTIONS

Get regular exercise (fast walking outside is the best) as it boosts serotonin levels and releases endorphins (happy hormones) which give a feel good factor.

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– Drink only distilled water > and avoid hard water (high in calcium) because it contains inorganic calcium carbonate which is harmful and contributes to arthritis, kidney stones, constipation and hardens arteries. Add a little bit of fresh lemon juice to your distilled water to make it more alkaline and tastier.

Read a fascinating article about WATER >

Diet and exercise have a great influence on hormonal balance. Exercise has been shown to help reduce the frequency of panic attacks. It uses up any excess energy, it promotes better sleep, it helps with hormone regulation and it encourages good breathing techniques. A 2002 study found that exercise, particularly outdoor, was invigorating to both body and mind.

Proper deep Breathing plays a prominent role in panic attacks.

Get adequate rest, which is crucial for the nervous system. If you do not sleep well you are far more likely to suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. Scientists have indicated that we need on average, 7-8 hours sleep per night to rejuvenate us holistically and recharge the brain.

Drink 2 litres of water daily to boost brain function as water transports oxygen to the brain. Apart from that experiencing a dry mouth (caused by dehydration) may feel like the start of a panic attack.

Don’t dwell on the past and present things you cant change. Stop worrying and learn to let things go! Look for the positive in a situation rather than focusing on the negative.

Spend time with family and friends who are supportive. Remember to talk positive. Praise people instead complaining and criticising.

Avoid toothpastes with fluoride, as it is toxic and competes with iodine for absorption and utilization, so less dietary iodine is absorbed, and iodine is absolutely essential for proper thyroid function. Combine this with the reality that our diets are very often deficient in iodine or other nutrients needed for adequate thyroid functioning, such as zinc, selenium, manganese,

Enjoy good humour as it helps to release endorphins (happy hormones).

Choose TV programs wisely. Many of them may trigger panic attacks and depression.

Listening to music that you enjoy has been found to be beneficial. A 2008 Cochrane review demonstrated that music enhances mood. In particular, for those who are depressed, music therapy was found to boost the emotional level so that they appeared to have less negative thoughts when listening to their favourite music.

Feed the spirit. Daily prayer and reading peace-inducing spiritual literature such as the Gospel of John found in the Bible, or books such as the Ministry of Healing, or the Desire of Ages by Ellen G. White enhances spiritual and emotional well-being.

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Prayer and meditation (silent reflection) has been shown to provide stress relief and resiliency to face difficult life situations. The Royal College of Psychiatrists discovered that mental health service users identified positive outcomes associated with good quality spiritual care. Additionally, a study by the Mental Health Foundation published 2006 found that religious people, in particular those who believed in a loving and caring transcendent being, are more likely to recover from depression.

The following testimonies by Shelley and Michele prove the effectiveness of spiritual empowerment in coping with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and other menopausal symptoms:

“I was having anxiety and panic attacks. I thought I was dying ever day. I was out on medical leave for 3 months because I couldn’t drive 56 miles to my job and I thought I was going crazy. I only stayed on HRT for 1 month because my doctor didn’t want me on it long. I didn’t want to take any anti-depressants because I didn’t want them to change who I was nor did I want to be dependent on them. It really was a living hell. But thank God it has changed. I haven’t had any panic attacks in over a year. I get anxiety every once in a while, but its been really mild and manageable. I’ve always believed in God, but wasn’t an extremely religious person. I don’t go to church, but I have become very spiritual. Ill tell you what, He is the only one who got me through this. It changed the way I look at everything now. I don’t really know how to explain it in words, but I thought I would put it out there in case you are not finding any relief for your anxiety or panic attacks.” (Shelley Binkley, October 21, 2013)

“I always thought I was a strong woman. I worked, took care of my family and handled everything situation very well or so I thought. When my anxiety and panic attacks started I had no idea what they were. I went to the doctor and had many tests including thyroid and heart. I felt physically ill and I too had weird negative thoughts all the time. I didn’t want to take meds that would change who I was or become dependent on them. I read up on everything I could find about anxiety and panic attacks. Everything I read told me that I was making the anxiety worse. I was feeding it with the negative thoughts. I tried hard to think of other things, but if I had quiet time, they would seep back in. I started to notice that when I was busy doing physical things like chores or projects around the house, the anxiety did not consume me because my mind was on other things. I started listening to Charles Linden. I listened and learned what he did to get through his panic attacks and anxiety. This confirmed to me that I was causing it. Some days it was so bad that I would cry uncontrollably. It was at this time that I cried out loud to God asking what I did that was so bad that I had to go through this. That was a turning point in my life. I started a one on one relationship with God that day even if it was just to ask why. A friend at work gave me a book titled Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. This book has an inspirational message for every day, 365 days a year. It also has references from the Bible that the messages are derived from. I’ve been reading it for 2 years now. When I started reading it, Id felt lighter. I started having more positive thoughts. In addition to this, I started listening to a Christian Radio station. Things started changing inside me. The more I read and the more I listened, the more my thought process started changing. I was becoming more positive. My family was the first to notice (even before I did). I started to give thanks everyday, even for my trials and tribulations, because they all had a purpose. I pray and I give thanks multiple times every day (even for the little things or the things we take for granted). I don’t need to worry about what’s happening or going to happen in my life any more. I trust in Him and He is with me always. I really hope I don’t turn anyone off thinking I’m pushing religion. I just wanted to share that negative thoughts create more negative thoughts and positive thoughts create more positive thoughts. I hope this helps someone. God Bless! Michele” (21/10/2013).

A woman walks along a road on a book towards the cross.

Below you will find some faith- and peace-inducing Bible verses for everyday reading and meditation. Remember that unlike other books the Word of God doesn’t only talk about power but it contains the saving and transforming power because it is inspired by God’s Spirit: “For the word of God is living and powerful.” (Hebrews 4:12). Here are some examples of great comforting promises that will give you strength and improve your emotional and spiritual condition if you claim these promises with faith. Meditate on them every day, and repeat them with confidence and thanksgiving:

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2, ESV)

A merry heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7

Bless the Lord o my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagles. Psalm 103:2-6

I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord. Psalm 121:1,2

“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13)

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice! The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)

“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:9-11)

“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” (John 6:37)

“God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1Corinthians 10:13)

“Everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:8)

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defence – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1John 1:7)

“The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.” (1John 1:7)

“If we refuse to admit that we are sinners, then we live in a world of illusion and truth becomes a stranger to us. But if we freely admit that we have sinned, we find God utterly reliable and straightforward – he forgives our sins and makes us thoroughly clean from all that is evil. For if we take up the attitude ‘we have not sinned’, we utterly deny God’s diagnosis of our condition and cut ourselves off from what he has to say to us.” (1John 1:8-10, J. B. Phillips NT Translation)

Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things are new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

“I urge you (…), offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God (…) And do not conform any longer to the pattern (lifestyle and diet) of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:1-2).

For by wise counsel you will wage your own war and in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. Proverbs 24:6

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it, whenever you turn to the right and whenever you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21

Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25 NKJV

“See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:16

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

“He has sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” Luke 4:18 NKJ

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 (NIV)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of the mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-8

Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of Gods wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. Philippians 4:6,7 (MGE)

“Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, will not be condemned; and he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24)

DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS

Avoid the following: refined sugars such as chocolate, cake, biscuits and sugar-based foods, food high in harmful fats (butter, whole milk, cheese, ice cream, and meat).

Sugar and other refined foods (white flour products and white rice) cause deficiency of vitamin B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin), B12, magnesium, zinc, and calcium leading to nervousness, anxiety, fatigue, and irritability.

Try to eliminate or reduce grains (unless you are normal body weight) and sugar as they cause yeast overgrowth that worsen hormone levels.

Eliminate caffeine, alcohol, black and green tea, as they can also have adverse effects on hormone levels. Caffeine dehydrates the adrenal glands, affecting cortisol levels, while sugar exhausts them. Caffeine and alcohol are likely to trigger panic attacks because they stimulate negative activity in the brain.

Increasing foods rich in fibre such as legumes (peas, beans, lentils, carob, soybeans, etc.), raw fruits, vegetables, and oat bran.

Instead of soya meat substitutes choose Tofu, Miso and Tempeh which are better options.

Avoid refined salt. Use only Celtic, pink or sea salt instead.

Insufficient magnesium, zinc and vitamin B6 (found in vegetables, fruit and pulses) have been linked to depression. Depressed individuals may crave sugary and / or fatty foods during stress.

Some women feel much better on a gluten free diet: “I thought that the loss of sex drive and dryness and horrible health was just part of the process and that I had to try to use more supplements etc. My hair was falling out, my joints hurt, I was short of breath, extremely tired and had all of the more typical symptoms. I met someone who told me about gluten intolerance. She suggested that I get off of all grains. I thought that I’d give it a try, since I had nothing to lose and everything to gain if it helped me. Within two weeks I saw a huge difference in my overall health and symptoms. I can eat rice and corn and potatoes. It means no wheat, barley, no spelt, oats, etc.”

 

BIOIDENTICAL HORMONES

Natural bioidentical hormones can offer relief from menopausal symptoms, but I recommend not using them as a primary option. First try healthy diet, exercise, herbal remedies, supplements and other lifestyle-based strategies. They are usually very effective in relieving menopausal symptoms in the majority of cases, and only if you are not happy with the results, or if you are not able to improve your lifestyle then you can consider trying bioidentical hormones.

There are three types of estrogens commonly used in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy: estrone, estradiol, and estriol. Estradiol is the primary human female hormone found in all premenopausal women, whereas estriol is produced in significant amounts during pregnancy. Estriol is considered the safest of the three and is the most commonly prescribed. It has been used safely for decades, and it’s particularly useful after hysterectomy.

There are 3 types of hormones used in hormone replacement therapy:

1. SYNTHETIC – fake and toxic, hence cancer causing.

2. NATURAL – made from mare’s urine.

3. BIOIDENTICAL – plant based and mirrors the exact hormones found in human body.

Bioidentical hormones have chemical structures identical to our own hormones, naturally occurring in ourselves. Bioidentical Hormones Prevent 50,000 Deaths in Yale Study. Many studies have shown reduced mortality as well as other health benefits of bioidentical hormones after hysterectomy.

Of course, women should avoid progestins and other synthetic hormones such as medroxyprogesterone (MPA) known to be carcinogenic. The use of the bioidentical estrogen and progesterone in the proper balance is the preferred choice.

Keep in mind that when it comes to administering bioidentical hormones, some delivery methods are clearly superior to others. Oral supplementation is perhaps your worst option, as your liver processes everything in your digestive tract first, before it enters your bloodstream, which will metabolize most of the swallowed hormones to inactive and potentially harmful derivatives. Any method that bypasses your liver will therefore be more effective.

Hormone creams are one common alternative that achieves this. However, since hormones are fat-soluble, they can build up in your fatty tissues and lead to having too much in your body. This in turn can disrupt other hormones. It’s also near impossible to accurately determine the dose when using a cream. Sublingual drops can be a good option, as it enters your blood stream directly and will not build up in your tissues like the cream can.

A good example of effectiveness of estradiol in the form of cream can be Susan. Susan’s symptoms were caused by menopausal estrogen deficiency, a finding commonly seen in the post menopausal age group. Symptoms were promptly relieved with bioidentical estradiol applied as a topical cream twice a day. Additionally, Susan’s tests revealed vitamin and mineral deficiencies which were, no doubt, aggravating the anxiety attacks. Susan was started on her bioidentical hormone program which included estradiol and progesterone as a balanced topical cream. She was also started on vitamin B12 and Magnesium supplements. Six weeks later, Susan reported that her anxiety and panic attacks had improved and were almost gone. She also noticed better sleep and more clarity of mind, and her night sweats and hot flashes had resolved as well.

Remember that treating hormone imbalances requires a holistic approach; the best approaches are often preventive and involve diet, exercise and other lifestyle-based strategies. For instance, both estrogen and progesterone are necessary in the female cycle, and their balance is key for optimal health. And if you have insufficient levels of progesterone to counter excessive estrogen, this imbalance can be further exacerbated by chronic stress.

Before you decide to try the BHRT read the following quote by Dr Greger: “Hormone replacement therapy grew to prominence in the 1990s when millions of women were sold hormones from pregnant mare urine on the promise it would prevent age-related diseases, increased risk of heart disease, stroke, pulmonary embolism, and invasive breast cancer. They said it would help preserve women’s memory but may in fact cause dementia as it shrinks women’s brains. When the truth got out in 2002 and the number of prescriptions dropped, so did the rates of breast cancer, and horses got to walk around again. Thanks to some high-profile celebrity endorsements, interest then switched to so-called compounded bio-identical hormones, from plant rather than equine sources and advertised as not carrying the same risks. But what does the science say? A bunch of new reviews out on the subject from the American College of OB/GYNS, Mayo Clinic to the editors in chief of the Journal of the International Menopause Society. They all concluded that bio-identical hormones, being bio-identical, carried the same risks, benefits, and side effects, which is not a good thing, and even worse when the FDA actually analysed them to if the contents matched the label, and nearly a third failed the analysis. And even in the same bottle, doses could be all over the place. How do we know everyone isn’t just in the pockets of the pharmaceutical industry who don’t want the competition? Whenever I’m sceptical I turn to The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics, considered one of the least biased sources in medicine. They’re kind of like the consumer reports of the drug world and in fact was actually co-founded by the co-founder of the publisher of consumer reports more than 50 years ago. As they like to brag on their website the Medical Letter does not accept grants, from any source, donations, from any one, funding—from any entity, they won’t let their work be used for promotional purposes and they don’t accept any advertising. They recently reviewed bio-identical hormones and came to the same conclusion: “There is no acceptable evidence that bio-identical hormones are safe or effective. Patients should be discouraged from taking them.” SOURCE >  

Testimonies written by women using bioidentical hormones

I suffered severely w/hot flashes & sleep disturbances, in addition to low sex drive, uncomfortable intercourse. I have been on Amor Vie bioidentical hormones for approximately 4 months. The results have been amazing!!!

I take bio-identical estrogen and progesterone and it works great for me. When I was going through menopause I was prescribed Prempro which made me feel awful and caused break through bleeding. I was told this was a side effect! I immediately researched and learned of the bio-identical options. I am 64, have been taking Bio- HRT since I was 50 and have excellent health. My labs are perfect and my hormones are balanced. I eat the right way and am very strict about what I put in my body.

A wonderful book to read is: NATURAL HORMONE BALANCE FOR WOMEN, By UZZI REISS, M.D. / O.B. GYN. He explains in detail HOW to use Bio-identical Hormone Replacement creams – that’s what I did, the results were nothing short of a miracle. If anyone has Estrogen Dominance – you NEED TO HAVE compounded Bio-Identical PROGESTERONE cream and use it twice a day. You will not be Estrogen dominate anymore!

I am 55 and have been using Bioidentical hormones for about 6 years- they have been great for me! I love the fact that BHRT is protective of your heart, bones, etc. The only complaint that I have is that there aren’t more drs around that are experienced with BHRT.

My experience has been very good but my sister has some bad effects and is afraid to go any further with Bio-identical Hormone replacement, she still deals with hot flashes, sleepless nights and mood swings as well. My advice would be to search for a very good doctor and find out why you had these things happen. Read Susan Somers books and see if one of those doctors is in your area and stay away from the insurance doctors that run people though like cattle.

I have been on bio-identical hormones for 5 years and it was the best decision I ever made. After my hysterectomy, I started developing health problems which included dizziness, falling, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and stage 1 (almost to stage 2) congestive heart failure. ALL of it has been gone for over 3 years.

I was not sleeping, hot flashes were like a shower on me I was sweating so bad. I tried the pills form bio-idenitcal HRT and bingo wow 3 months later I am a different person. I lost 20 lbs. I get up every morning happy because I slept. Before that I have tried bio-idenitical HRT cream 3 times but it did not help me. I tried antidepressants and could not function on them too. Everyone is different that is what we do not realize.

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