Please refer to the ‘Symptoms List’ for signs of deficiency or excess of hormones.
You may need to increase or decrease the dose of hormones you are using. Hot flashes may be a sign of deficient or excess hormones.
If you do aerobic exercise you will metabolize (use up) hormones much more rapidly. If you do not exercise regularly you will need very small amounts of hormones.
Hormone creams (especially progesterone) applied to the skin can accumulate in fatty tissue over a period of months and you may end up releasing high levels of progesterone into your system. Other people do not absorb hormones as well or develop a tolerance to the hormones.
Estrogen Dominance is a condition in which there is too much estrogen, especially the stronger estrogens, estradiol, estrone, and chemical estrogens in proportion to the balancing Phytonutrients and progesterone. These estrogens and many of their metabolites initiate and stimulate breast cancer cells. The following recommendations help to balance hormones and will protect you from cancer.
Andropause comes from the Greek words andros, meaning male and pausis, to stop. Andropause refers to the decline of male hormones, mainly testosterone. Testosterone levels begin to decline in some men as early as 35 years of age. Typically, levels begin to drop between 45 and 55 years of age. Some men continue to have healthy levels of testosterone well into their 70’s and even 80’s. Unlike women, who may experience rapid changes in hormone levels, men experience a gradual decrease in hormones. As testosterone levels decline, there is deterioration of both mental and physical health. Testosterone therapy has been used for over 60 years. In fact, as far back as the late 1880’s people were using testicular extract from animals to treat the symptoms of testosterone deficiency. Ancient Indian, Greek, and Egyptian civilizations also used hormones for therapy. Diet and lifestyle are extremely important to hormone balance. In this presentation we will discuss how testosterone levels can be raised naturally by changes in diet and lifestyle. Each person must be evaluated and treated as an individual. Hormone levels must be tested and therapies customized.
The Women’s Health Initiative study was designed to identify the potential risks and benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). A portion of the clinical trial was stopped early after results showed that a synthetic hormone combination increased the women’s risks of developing invasive breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, and blood clots. The data and safety monitoring board concluded that the risks of using a synthetic estrogen - synthetic progestin drug combination outweighed the benefits.
Suzanne Somers’ book and interviews on Larry King Live, The Today Show, and other programs have generated many questions about the benefits of Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (B-HRT). The Sexy Years: Discover the Hormone Connection: The Secret to Fabulous Sex, Great Health, and Vitality, for Women and Men (© 2004, Crown Publishing Group) is a culmination of Suzanne’s years of research to find an alternative to and avoid the side effects of synthetic hormones for relief of menopausal symptoms, and to restore her vitality. After being thin and fit and full of energy, Suzanne herself encountered the “Seven Dwarfs of Menopause-Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Sleepy, Bloated, Forgetful, and All-Dried-Up”. Instead of living out the rest of her life cranky, sleep-deprived, and with no libido, Suzanne set out to discover how she could get her mind, body, and life back and found the solution in bio-identical hormones. She claims she has discovered her “fountain of youth” and feels 30 years old again. She describes her personal bout with breast cancer, and shares personal insight, patient stories, and testimonials. The book also discusses andropause and how men can take bio-identical hormones and regain the strength and energy they had in their youth. Suzanne supports her own research and experiences with the expertise of leading doctors in the field of women’s and men’s health.
Since the Women’s Health Initiative report, millions of women have discontinued post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT), raising some concerns. The National Osteoporosis Risk Assessment (NORA) evaluated the association between HRT cessation and hip fracture risk in 140,584 postmenopausal American women. Hip fractures are the most devastating, costly, and reliably reported events to measure osteoporosis.
Four years ago, the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) suggested that taking synthetic hormones, which are primarily manufactured by the “Big Pharma” company Wyeth, could lead to an increased risk of breast cancer and heart problems. In response, many physicians ceased to prescribe conjugated equine estrogens (CEE) and medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) and a combination of the two hormones. Wyeth’s sales of these products decreased significantly. Many women who feared the risks or had previously experienced side effects after taking commercially-manufactured hormones or sought individualized alternatives to “one size fits all” hormone replacement therapy (HRT) turned to Bio-identical HRT (BHRT). In response, Wyeth has filed a complaint with the federal Food & Drug Administration asking it to take action against small pharmacies that compound bio-identical hormones.
Many medications are prescribed for “off-label” use or an alternate route of administration in order to improve the therapeutic response, provide an economical alternative to solve a medication problem, or minimize the incidence of side effects, because the desired dosage form is not commercially available (for example, eye drops may be used to treat ear infections). In some cases (e.g., terminal illness), alternate routes of drug administration are used because patients simply cannot take needed medication by the intended route.
Currently, there is much controversy regarding how to manage a woman’s natural changes in her
life and menopausal symptoms. From our perspective, treating & management has always
required a very individualized approach. One dose, one size does not fit all women, and never
did. The recent revelations of the Women’s Health Initiative in the US, and the Million Women
Study in the UK have made physicians and patients stop looking at menopause as a disease that
requires medication, or that one or two drug options are the “right” prescription for everyone.
Now health care providers must actually have a conversation with patients about their lifestyle,
their health choices, their priorities, risk factors, goals and fears. No knee jerk prescriptions for
everyone. Nor is the answer that hormone therapy is wrong for everyone because of some risks
associated with their use.