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Herbs and Supplements
For centuries herbs have been used to help manage women’s issues during hormonal changes and other gynecological concerns. I often prescribe herbs and supplements as therapy, depending on the severity of the issue at hand. Herbs and supplements can be especially useful for women who need support but do not want to take hormones. Many herbs can also act like a hormone, either progestenic, estrogenic or adaptogenic, without being true active hormones and thereby producing positive effects without the risk. Supplements and vitamins can be tailored to support optimal health for individual health issues.
Hormone Replacement Therapy / Bio - identical Hormones
Conventional medicine has long established that replacing the estrogen and progesterone that decline in menopause can relieve symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood disturbances, vaginal dryness and painful sex. The aim of HRT is to restore female hormone levels, allowing the body to function as it did prior to the shifts. Most clinicians choose from prescribed pharmaceutical hormones that are synthesized to mimic the hormones in a women’s body.
Bio - identical hormone therapy is the process of restoring and maintaining hormone balance with hormones that are biologically identical to hormones produced by the human body. I have decided to use only bio-identical hormones and have worked with them for 25 years in treating a variety of women’s hormonal concerns. Bio-identical hormones are made, or synthesized, from yams and soy extracts. They include all three of the estrogens (estriol, estradiol, estrone), progesterone and testosterone which are the most commonly prescribed hormones for menopause.
Bio-identical hormones can be custom compounded by a compounding pharmacy to match each patient’s individual needs and body chemistry. This allows for more variation in dosing and strength as opposed to the ‘one size fits all’ approach of most prescribed pharmaceutical treatments.
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