"Treat the disease, you win some, you lose some. Treat the patient, you always win."
~Patch Adams~

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Progesterone might relieve menopause symptoms

And in other breaking news the sun will rise.....sorry, my sarcasm slipped out!  Experts in bioidentical hormones have known for years that true hormonal balance is not just slapping an estradiol patch on a woman when she presents with menopausal symptoms, it takes a balance of estrogen, testosterone and progesterone to optimize the body's hormonal levels.  ReutersHealth.com shared an article on just this subject earlier this week. 

I absolutely disagree with the statement made in so many of these articles that further study is needed before practitioners can begin using progesterone to treat the symptoms of menopause.  When you optimize your hormones bioidentically, all you are doing is returning your body to the levels of hormones you had when you were younger (and presumably healthier).  The myth of hormones causing cancer doesn't hold water ------ if hormones caused cancer, teenagers and people in their 20's would be full of cancer because they are full of hormones!  Next everyone points to the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study that was halted in 2002 because of concerns about breast cancer and other health issues.  The "hormones" used in that study were NOT BIOIDENTICAL, and in fact were not hormones----they were drugs made from horse urine!!!!!!!!  Sad to say, far too many doctors are buying whatever the drug companies are telling them (over expensive lunches) and not thinking for themselves.  Someday, bioidentical hormone balance will be the norm and everyone will wonder what the fuss about hormone optimization was all about, but that time is still a ways off, and we have to work hard to advocate for women's health and our right not to be filled up with a lot of toxic drugs.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, it's absolutely gorgeous here in NC!   I just got back from a short (1 mile, still have to take care of my ankles) walk, and today I plan to sit out on my deck and read, knit, and enjoy the day!