The Great Debate Over Hormone Replacement Therapy
To Take or Not To Take!
Every day in the United States 3,500 women enter menopause. Throughout life we are faced with many pathways. It is the paths we choose that affect how we live and the way we feel. Some women see menopause as a crossroads, a time of change and potential. This can be an exhilarating time for women who embrace new possibilities and maintain their health. The menopause transition is a unique experience for each woman. Many women cruise through it with few problems. But the transition can throw up some real physiological speed bumps.
The erratic nature of fluctuating hormones during this time can make life difficult. If you notice that hormonal fluctuations are affecting the way you feel or slow you down, you are not alone. And you are not alone if you are trying to figure out which path to take when it comes to menopause treatments. Debates within the medical community over the use of hormone replacement therapy have left many women unsure of what to do and/or whom to trust. And unfortunately, there are too many women who, because of the confusion and misinformation about HRT, forego any kind of help for hormonal imbalances and thereby end up suffering needlessly in silence.
If you’re an American woman over forty you’d have to be on Mars not to have heard at least something about – The Great Hormone Debate. To take or not to take hormone replacement therapy, this is the question now faced by millions of women at menopause.
Hormone replacement therapy is the name given to a variety of estrogenic and synthetic progesterone products that are prescribed for menopause symptoms. Replenishing of hormones using bio-identical plant derived hormone products, which are plant extractions that exactly replicate your own hormones, have gained wide acceptance in recent years.
These plant-derived hormones are almost entirely without side effects, unlike the synthetic HRT drugs commonly prescribed which have now been linked to some forms of breast cancer. These plant-derived hormones are now being prescribed by the full spectrum of health practitioners across the United States. They can be prepared in a pill, sublingual, cream, or gel form, and can be tailored to a woman’s individual hormonal requirements.
To a large degree, the increased attention to the subject of menopause is being driven by the today’s women, who have demanding lives and careers; that now see their years after forty as the full bloom of their productivity, and want to take control of the hormones in their bodies. The onset of menopause can strike fear in a woman’s heart. Suddenly a body you once thought you knew well starts to misbehave, you experience hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, weight gain, memory problems, lack of concentration, and low libido. It may be hard to believe, but menopause is a great opportunity to re-create yourself. It is a wake-up call that is telling you to pay attention to your health and prepare yourself for the second part of your life. Menopause, as with all life’s transitions, is not an ending but an awakening.