Women are increasingly taking their hormone health into their own hands
For some women the symptoms they experience are nothing more than a mild irritation while for others they can cause great distress and significantly impact quality of life.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has been prescribed since the 1960s to treat menopause symptoms. However in recent years reports of side effects, in some cases many times more severe than the symptoms these drugs aim to treat, have led many women to abandon HRT altogether.
A Natural Alternative to HRT
While fears over HRT have been well reported* few people are aware there is a natural alternative, prescribed since the 1930’s, that delivers all the benefits of HRT without the potential health risks.
Natural hormone replacement, sometimes known as bioidentical hormone replacement, has been shown to offer effective relief from menopause symptoms but unlike conventional HRT treatments the hormones it contains are identical to those produced in the body. The result is symptoms relieved without the side effects and long term health concerns of conventional HRT.
Research has demonstrated that menopause symptoms are not simply due to a drop in hormone levels but to an imbalance that occurs between two prime hormones, progesterone and oestrogen.
These hormones have a symbiotic relationship and in a healthy woman they remain in equilibrium. While oestrogen is often perceived as the primary female hormone, progesterone is a precursor to oestrogen production and is the dominant hormone in the second, luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.
As menopause approaches, oestrogen levels commence a gradual decline but progesterone production falls more rapidly until stopping completely, post-menopause. As this occurs oestrogen is increasingly unopposed in the body, which can lead to a condition known as Oestrogen Dominance. The effects of oestrogen dominance have been well documented and are consistent with symptoms experienced by women at all stages of menopause.
In modern times, the instance of oestrogen dominance has increased significantly as chemical pollutants with oestrogenic properties have entered our environment. These xeno-oestrogens come from plastics, fertilisers and other man made sources and while not identical to the body’s own oestrogen, are processed by the body in similar ways.
The hormonal problems of today’s women are often further exacerbated through years of taking the contraceptive pill. This interferes with the body’s natural hormone production and can accentuate the effects of oestrogen dominance.
The Problems with HRT
In most cases when a women goes to her doctor with menopause symptoms she is prescribed HRT. The objective is to supplement hormone levels mimicking the natural hormone production of a healthy woman. HRT drugs are produced by a number of the major pharmaceutical companies and it is a multi-billion dollar, global business. These companies market their products direct to your general practitioner who by nature is not a specialist and often short of the time to explore alternatives.
When developing their HRT products however the pharmaceutical companies chose to develop synthetic hormones that differed from the body’s natural hormones, but that could be patented, thus protecting their investment. A natural hormone cannot be claimed and patented by one company so the pharmaceutical industry has little interest in supporting HRT products that use bioidentical hormones, whereas a patented product can be protected, maintaining sustainable profits often for decades.
Despite acting in some ways like natural hormones these synthetic variants are in fact alien to the body and are processed differently leading to undesirable effects. Some of the most commonly prescribed HRT treatments have had to publish long lists of adverse side effects that range from provoking (rather than reducing) menopause symptoms through to increasing incidence of dementia and cancer. In recent years the movement away from these treatments has gathered pace with millions of women choosing not to use HRT because of the reported side effects.
Throughout this time a simple, healthy solution has existed in the form of natural, bioidentical hormones. As the term suggests, these are identical to the body’s own hormones and as such are treated by the body as if it had produced them itself.
Bioidentical hormones have been prescribed since the 1930s. Since then a growing number of doctors have discovered their benefits. In particular, natural progesterone was identified by a number of specialists as delivering excellent results in treating menopausal symptoms.
Natural progesterone is derived from plant saponins and is generally delivered in the form of a transdermal cream that is applied like a moisturiser to certain parts of the body. The cream works on the same principal as nicotine patches and pain killing gells. The progesterone it carries is absorbed efficiently into the fat cells that sit just below the skin and stored naturally until called upon by the body’s systems. This method of application has take preference because when taken orally, in tablet form, natural progesterone is metabolised and expelled by the liver.
Without the financial might and lobbying power of the major pharmaceutical companies there have been few formal clinical trials of natural progesterone. However in over half a century of use there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence from doctors that have prescribed it and many thousands of women that have used it. Throughout this time no negative side effects have been reported and vast numbers of women have reported symptoms relieved and quality of life restored.
As well as relieving symptoms of menopause, natural progesterone has been shown to be effective in fighting osteoporosis. Progesterone deficiency has been strongly linked to an accelerated reduction in bone density and evidence from specialists such as Dr John Lee MD have shown that natural progesterone supplementation can not only halt the decline of bone mass but reverse it, strengthening bones and protecting women against fractures in later life. Since bone mass depletion accelerates rapidly during menopause natural supplementation at this time can offer a double benefit.
Wellsprings Serenity Progesterone Cream
Today an increasing number of healthcare professionals are recommending bioidentical, natural progesterone and thousands of women are turning to it as a healthy yet effective alternative to HRT.
Wellsprings Serenity is a premium natural progesterone cream that has been helping women overcome menopause symptoms and other conditions associated with hormone imbalance since 1997. On this site you can find out more about natural progesterone and read the stories of just some of the women who have found relief from menopause symptoms by choosing Wellsprings Serenity.
Natural Progesterone - The natural way to alleviate symptoms of menopause, PMS, endometriosis and other hormone-related problems By Dame Dr Shirley Bond & AnnA Rushton
Natural Progesterone – The multiple roles of a remarkable hormone By Dr John R Lee MD
* The Women's Health Intitiative Study [Wikipedia Link]
A study into the use of artificial hormone replacement treatments. The study began in the fall of 1997 and was scheduled to be completed in 2005. However, researchers halted the study midway on May 31, 2002 because they felt that the health risks for participants taking HRT outweighed the possible benefits of HRT.
All information given on this site is for general interest only. Every woman is unique. Your results may vary.Disclaimer: This article is intended to educate readers about Natural Progesterone and/or other Wellsprings products. For medical advice you should always talk to a healthcare professional.