Why should I consider using Natural Hormones?
What are natural hormones and how do they differ from synthetic hormones?
Natural hormones are those that are made by the endocrine glands in the body. After being released into the bloodstream, they are taken where they are needed to cause certain changes that affect the entire body.
Bioidentical Natural Hormones are made by converting the ingredient called diosgenin, derived from wild yam, to actual hormones that are identical to the ones produced by the body.
Synthetic hormones can start out as natural but are converted to unnatural substances so they may be patented and sold as drugs.
Prescription estrogen has traditionally been conjugated equine estrogens and is horse estrogen which had some similarities to human estrogen but is not the same.
It contains strong horse estrogens that are not natural to humans. The prescription progestin known as medroxyprogesterone acetate is very different in function from natural progesterone.
Hormones act as chemical messengers allowing different parts of the body to communicate with each other. They play a vital role in all the functions of the body.
Natural Bio-identical hormones are identical, on a molecular level, with endogenous hormones in hormone replacement therapy.
What are the symptoms of hormone loss or imbalance?
The most common symptoms you may experience are listed below -you may be suffering from several but haven't realized they are connected:
|Hot flashes and/or night sweats||Uterine cancer|
|Cravings for sweets or carbohydrates||Uterine fibroids|
|Diminished sex drive, vaginal dryness||Fibrocystic breasts|
|Irritability, mood swings, depression||Breast tenderness|
|Insomnia or restless sleep||PMS|
|Fuzzy thinking, difficulty concentrating||Miscarriage|
|Weight gain around the middle||Dry skin and wrinkles|
|Stiffness and joint issues||Unwanted facial hair|
|Fatigue||Dry skin & eyes|
|Memory loss||Heart palpitations|
|Weight gain||Memory loss|
|High PSA levels||Mood swings|
|Decreased sex drive||Dry Skin and wrinkles|
|Premature Aging||Acceleration of aging|
What are the main hormones and what do they do?
Hormones are classed as either sex hormones or peptides.
Which hormones are the sex hormones?
They include Estrogen, Progesterone Testosterone. Both Estrogen and Progesterone are made in the ovaries.
Estrogen is an important female hormone and is actually a hormone group. It includes Estradiol, Estrone and Estriol. Of these 3 estrogens, Estriol is the mildest, but is considered to be the safest form of estrogen. It serves many important functions in the body.
Estrogen has a very important roll in regulation of the menstrual cycle, but it is also involved in functions of the heart, blood vessels, bones, breasts, skin, hair, mucus membranes, pelvic muscles and the brain.
Progesterone is also a female sex hormone and is vital for the regulation of various bodily functions. Progesterone is produced in the ovaries and the adrenal glands. Men also produce some progesterone.
Progesterone is the hormone that controls the monthly cycle of a woman and prepares for pregnancy each month. It is also important in regard to libido and sexual desire.
Progesterone is the "balancing hormone". It keeps estrogen or testosterone from becoming dominant and tends to be calming and soothing as compared to estrogen.
Testosterone is a very important male hormone, but it is also an important hormone produced by women. It is involved in sexual function and energy.
DHEA is produced in the Adrenal glands and since it is similar to Testosterone and Estrogen, the body is able to convert it to these hormones when they are needed. DHEA serves an important function when there is a ready supply available to be converted to other hormones when needed.
Many of the problems that men and women experience are related to hormone imbalance.
- Women need not continue to suffer from hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, depression, vaginal dryness, osteoporosis, fibrocystic lumps, and other hormonally-related symptoms. There are natural remedies available to greatly alleviate these symptoms and help restore hormone balance, even after menopause or hysterectomy.
- Men need not experience loss of energy, libido or muscle tone. Many men are now feeling new youthful energy, restored sex drive and more desire to exercise with better muscle gain and renewed interest in former activities.
- As previously explained, the three most important hormones for women are estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. These hormones play an essential role in a woman's reproductive and sexual health, and also several other areas of the body.
When these hormones begin to decline, the results can significantly affect a woman's health.
Declining hormones naturally occur as a woman ages, but today there are treatment options available that can help treat the symptoms of hormonal loss. Many health professionals now encourage the use of natural supplements that safely control the symptoms associated with menopause, hysterectomy and PMS, as well as help with bone loss. We offer high quality natural hormones, Progesterone cream, Estrogen Cream, Homeopathic Testosterone Cream and also Herbal products which help the glands to function normally to produce hormones naturally and boost "good estrogen" while lowering the "bad estrogens".
- The most important hormone for men is Testosterone, but a healthy man also produces other hormones like progesterone in smaller amounts than women. When these hormones decline due to age or other factors, men experience loss of energy, libido and muscle.
If you, or someone you care about is suffering from symptoms of hormone loss, please read on to learn how natural hormones and certain herbal products are making a big difference in the lives of many women and also men.
Questions and Answers about natural "bio-identical" hormones:
What's the difference between natural Bio-identical and Synthetic Hormones?
Unlike synthetic hormones, which the drug companies purposely make different in order to patent them as drugs, natural,
bio-identical hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones (progesterone, estrogen, DHEA, etc) that your own body creates. Natural Bio-identical hormones are not patentable but much more like the hormones produced by your body.
Because most physicians are not given much education on bio-identical hormones and natural bio-identical hormone replacement therapies, they prescribe the drugs that are recommended in their training. HRT or hormone replacement therapy for decades has been a one-size-fits-all type of therapy, with many doctors unaware of natural alternatives such as bio-identical hormones like Natural Progesterone Cream for menopause, peri-menopause and PMS symptoms.
What are natural bioidentical Hormones?
Natural Bioidentical Hormones are hormones that are molecularly (biochemically) identical to your true major ovarian steroid hormones - progesterone, estradiol and testosterone. They are derived from a natural source - commonly wild yam, and are Bioidentical to your ovarian Hormones - thus, the name Bioidentical Natural Hormones (BNHs).
How do BNHs differ from synthetic hormones?
The synthetic agents are molecular cousins of the natural agents - estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. They are not, however, identical in either structure or activity to the natural hormones they emulate. Hormones work like a key in a lock.
Bioidentical hormones fit that lock perfectly. Synthetic hormones fit more like a skeleton key in some, but not all, hormone receptor ("lock") sites. Side effects are more common with synthetic hormones because of poor lock and key fit and not all organs benefit from the protective effects from their use.
Synthetic hormones were created so that the drug companies were able to patent something natural. These companies take a natural hormone and alter it with methyl- chain or carboxyl- chain to make it patentable.
Which is better? Bioidentical hormones or synthetic hormones?
We cannot answer that question for you. There are many books available by well-known doctors that can help you to make this decision* For example, many natural health authorities now say that Bioidentical hormones are much better for you than synthetic hormones, and not just because they are natural. These authors point out that Bioidentical hormones, such as Natural Progesterone Creme or Estriol Natural Estrogen Creme can be easier for your body to use without the side effects that synthetic hormones create.
We offer books by Dr. John R Lee, Dr. Edward Conley and Dr. David Brownstein on this site.
The side effects of synthetic hormones can include not sleeping, lack of sex drive, weight gain, bloating and just an overall feeling of drudgery. Conversely, bio-identical hormones tend to create feelings of increased energy, a healthy libido, weight loss, better memory, reduced facial hair and just an overall sense of well-being.
Are natural bio-identical hormones safer than synthetics?
We cannot make any claim to that effect. However, many European medical studies suggest that bioidentical hormones are safer than patented synthetic hormones. No long term studies have been conducted as of yet on bio-identical hormone replacement therapies.
However, there have been studies done on treatment with patented (non-bio-identical) hormones. The WHI (women's health initiative) study was halted prematurely because of the negative effects caused by patented hormones during the study. According to the findings from the study, for every 10,000 women taking these each year:
8 more will develop breast cancer
7 more will have a heart attack or other coronary event
8 more will have a stroke
8 more will have blood clots in the lungs
After careful consideration of the data, the National Institute of Health has concluded that with an average of nearly 7 years of follow-up completed, estrogen alone does not appear to affect (either increase or decrease) heart disease, a key question of the study. At the same time, estrogen alone appears to increase the risk of stroke and decrease the risk of hip fracture. It has not increased the risk of breast cancer during the time period of the study." (For a report on the findings of the NIH study please click here)
- Are Bio-identical Hormones a good option for you?
That is a question each person must decide for themselves. We strongly advise that you do research on the subject by reading Dr John Lee's books, especially his latest, entitled "What your Doctor may not tell you about Breast Cancer"
In this book Dr Lee not only discusses his success in treating his patients with natural progesterone, but also has a chapter devoted to natural estriol. We offer his book on this site.
See Chapter 8 Estriol: A Safer Estrogen Replacement (page 125-140)|
Another excellent book we offer on this site is "Safe Estrogen" by Dr. Edward Conley.
This book has excellent suggestions on supplements as well as explaining the different estrogens and why estriol is considered the safest form to use.
Another hormone that Dr. Conley recommends highly is Melatonin, also known for its cancer protective quality. We carry an easy to use Melatonin in cream form for usage at night. For a good night's sleep and anti-aging qualities, be sure to order Melatonin Crème.
An excellent book by Dr. David Brownstein, MD on the subject of natural hormones, the failure of conventional HRT and how hormones affect the thyroid. Dr. Brownstein also discusses the connection of breast cancer and coronary artery disease with use of synthetic hormones.
You will find this book easy to read and packed full of valuable information.
We offer this book also on our site.
- How do I know if my hormones are unbalanced?
The best way to know for sure is to have a Saliva Hormone Test
Test kits are available through us from ZRT Labs You can do this testing in the convenience and privacy of your own home and mail it to ZRT Lab to be analyzed. They send the results directly to you. More about Test Kits......... We offer Test Kits at a discount here
Do I need to have a test to try Natural Hormones?
That is an individual decision. We cannot advise.
However, many women have decided to try Natural Bio-identical Hormones based on their symptoms, especially after reading books by Dr. John Lee, including "What You Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause" or Suzanne Somers' books.
Many others, who have had a hysterectomy or are post-menopausal, want to restore hormone levels to feel better and enjoy a healthier lifestyle, and have found that natural hormones are helping them enjoy a more normal life.
What is the first hormone I should supplement?
Dr. Lee and other authorities on the subject of hormone balance have explained that women begin to lose the ability to produce Progesterone much earlier than estrogen. Quite often, by the time a woman reaches 40, her progesterone levels have dropped low enough to result in her experiencing "Estrogen Dominance" as Dr. Lee refers to it.
Low progesterone can even occur in young women and can result in all the symptoms listed below:
|Depression||Fat Gain||Water Retention|
|Foggy Thinking||Breast Tenderness||Fibrocystic Breasts|
|Decreased Sex Drive||Dryness||Endometriosis|
|Bone Loss||Hair Loss||Hot Flashes|
|Insomnia||Premature Aging||Menopausal Symptoms|
So it would make sense to supplement progesterone if you are experiencing any of these. Quite often, just adding progesterone will restore normal balance and make a world of difference in how you feel
- What if I have had a hysterectomy? Do I still need Progesterone?
Especially if you have had a hysterectomy, you may need progesterone! Even if you retained your ovaries, they will begin to atrophy after time and will lose the ability to produce progesterone. You are still able to make some estrogen but you may experience strong symptoms from "surgical menopause". Using Estriol along with progesterone during this time sometimes helps the body adjust to the sudden change.
- Why did my Doctor tell me I don't need progesterone after my hysterectomy?
That's a very good question! One can only guess, but a little history of hormone supplementation provides a few clues.
At one time, estrogen was given freely without the use of progesterone to balance it. Then it was realized that unopposed estrogen promoted uterine cancer in women with a uterus so, since the pharmaceutical industry needed to add progesterone to balance the estrogen, they patented a synthetic progestin to be given with estrogen. The results of the WHI study tell the rest of the story....synthetic progestin, added to estrogen increased the risks of heart attack, stroke and blood clots.
For full information on the findings of this study see report on it on the NIH website.
So now, the direction seems to be to give just estrogen to women who have had their uterus removed, thinking that progesterone's only function was to protect the uterus from cancer. This thinking overlooks that fact that you can still develop breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and that the risks of heart attack, senility, stoke and blood clots still remain with the use of patented estrogen. (if you doubt this, just listen closely to the warnings required by law on the TV ads for estrogen). According to Dr. Lee, the only safe form of estrogen supplementation is natural estriol which should be used with natural progesterone.
National Institute of Health Report on WHI Study
According to leading authorities, including Dr. John Lee, women begin losing the ability to produce adequate progesterone in their 30's. For this reason, they often become estrogen dominant, leading to many undesirable symptoms, including certain cancers. Combined with this, is the problem of "environmental estrogens" Dr. Lee refers to these as xenoestrogens. They are pesticides and other toxic chemicals used in the environment that are estrogenic in nature, that is; the body
identifies them as estrogen and allows them to attach to estrogen receptor sites in the breast, and other areas. Since they are carcinogenic, they are a cause of many cancers and other undesirable health problems.
Progesterone helps to balance the condition known as estrogen dominance. Progesterone keeps estrogen in the proper balance for health.
For this reason, Progesterone is the first hormone a woman should consider supplementing and should always be used whenever you use either estrogen or testosterone supplementation.
Estrogen Crème (Estriol*):
Many women do not need to supplement estrogen until after menopause because, even though they lose the ability to produce progesterone, they are still able to continue producing estrogen for several years. Progesterone alone will usually control hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause quite well.
However, if, you notice hot flashes or night sweats returning or have vaginal dryness or bone loss, it is an indication you may need to now begin supplemental estrogen. According to Dr. Lee, the safest form of estrogen is estriol.
Estrogen is actually a broad term referring to several different forms. The 3 main estrogens are known as E1, E2 and E3. The proper name for E1 is Estrone. This is a very strong form of estrogen and usually the one that becomes dominant in later life because the body continues to produce it. Estradiol is known as E2 and is also a very strong estrogen. However, it can become deficient in later life and you can experience symptoms and could possibly need to supplement it. E3 is Estriol (known as the gentle estrogen) Estriol is a very protective form of estrogen and is the estrogen most dominant during pregnancy because of its ability to protect the fetus.