When any type of treatment involves replacing current hormones with new kinds of hormones, there are natural risks you should be made aware of. Specifically from a female perspective, if you’re considering female hormone replacement, it’s important to do your homework to understand the shortcomings, as well as how you can improve your own innate hormone production. The body is an amazing thing when left to its own, natural devices. In order to provide your body’s endocrine system with the most natural support, we recommend an integrative approach moving forward.
What is female hormone replacement?
Hormone replacement therapy describes using medications containing female hormones to replace the ones the body no longer makes after menopause. This used to be a standard treatment for women experiencing hot flashes and other symptoms during and after menopause. At the time, this kind of therapy was also considered to have long-term benefits for the heart, preventing heart disease and possible dementia.
However, once large clinical trials were conducted on female hormone replacement, practitioners started to change their tune. These trials found that the hormone treatment posed more health risks than benefits, especially when administered to post menopausal women. As health concerns continued to grow from completed results, doctors became less willing to prescribe it.
Hormone replacement risks
When testing a combination estrogen-progestin pill (Prempro) in a clinical trial, the results showed an increased risk of serious conditions, including: heart disease, stroke, blood clots, and breast cancer. Hormone therapy can make breasts appear denser on mammograms, which makes it harder for technicians to detect breast cancer cells. Additionally, when administered for more than a few years, hormone replacement increases the risk of contracting breast cancer. Although the severity of findings varies from study to study, it’s worth considering these potentially serious side effects when looking at hormone replacement therapy.
Innate hormonal production
Our bodies are constantly trying to reach a level of homeostasis, where everything is in balance. Without any intervention, your body is working to achieve homeostasis, despite what your current hormonal level readings might be saying. It’s important to understand your own innate ability to produce and regulate hormones without any interference. Some easy ways to help your body balance hormonal levels includes hydration, minimization of endocrine disruptors, like creams and synthetic compounds, eating anti-inflammatory diets with low fats and sugars, intermittent fasting, regular exercise, essential oils, and other natural resources.
In order to address the whole picture here at Grewal Center, we approach female hormonal balance through an integrative system, with nutrition, lifestyle, supplements, and medications involved. Starting with proper nutrition, we look at detox food plans, mito food plans, and cardio metabolic food plans for patients. Next, we look at sleep cycles coupled with exercise regimes, as well as restorative practices.
Lastly, we spend a considerable amount of time considering all supplements and medications, how they interact with one another, and their effect on your hormones.
As always, be sure to know your risks before attempting medical procedures. Your body’s own innate ability to rectify imbalances might surprise you.