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I want to find info on biogenetic hormone replacement


Posted by mcclintockann1

I am in the end stages of menopause and very interested in natural hormone replacement.  I take Estroven am and pm and really like it.  I tried femerol and a synthetic progesterone medicine and it made me sick and didn't seem to help. Please let me know what I can do.
 
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Dear mcclintockann1,

If the estroven is working, I'm not sure why you want to try something else. I say if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I assume you mean bioidentical hormones. While they are identical to our own body hormones, they are still hormone replacement therapy and may carry some or all of the same risks of hormone replacement therapy. We don't have enough data yet to be sure.

That said, I've been on bioidentical hormones for just over three years and am now decreasing my dose in preparation to go off them. The latest research on "regular" or synthetic HRT is that barring famly history of cancer, or blood clots or other contraindications to HRT, a woman's risk of serious side effects is no different from a woman not taking HRT for short term: 3-5 years. After that, risk increases each year. A safe bet is to assume the same for bioidentical hormones as 'regular' HRT.

Hope this helps in your decision making - keep us posted on how you're doing and what you decide.

All my best,

Lynette Sheppard RN   Health Maven, Menopause Community

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