Elena From Boston Writes:
I am 53 and have just gone through menopause. My doctor is suggesting that I consider hormone replacement therapy. My friend had a negative experience with HRT. What are my options? Can I do anything naturally?
There is much confusion regarding hormone replacement therapy. For many years we have thought that adding hormones like estrogen can increase bone density and fight against cancer. There was a recent Women’s Health Study that found that women over the age of 60 that took hormones such as estrogen and progesterone were at a greater risk of developing breast cancer. There are certain considerations for their usage. Most doctors say it’s based on biochemical individuality. Knowing your family history for heart disease and cancer is important as it does play a small, yet significant, role. Her are some basic tips to consider when thinking about hormone replacement therapy.
1.Enhances Your Mood
Adding hormones to your routine post –menopause may help support better moods. Many women who use HRT report notice less irritability and better stability in the way they feel from day-to day.
2.Bioidentical Compounding Creams
The creams can be a great option. The great concern is when your body has stopped producing as much of a particular hormone on its own. The bio identical creams are a great option to help mimic what your body originally produced. Depending on the pharmacy, the formulation can make a tremendous difference in the way a person feels.
3.Look At The Lab Tests
There is some strong validity in testing hormones with lab blood and saliva testing. Some experts think they yield good results.. The numbers can be a powerful tool to show where a person is with their hormone levels and what action needs to be taken. After the age of 45 its good to test the hormone levels about every 6 months with your doctor.
4.Great For Your Heart
Women who followed a routine for their hormones post-menopause saw a greater reduction in heart disease over a six-year period. This was due to a reduction in atherosclerosis. It is important to follow up with your doctor every 6 months to see where your levels are and make sure you are on the right track.
5.You Are What You Eat
What a woman eats daily will greatly affect her outcome with hormone levels, regardless of her age. Fats are a crucial aspect of a woman’s daily routine. The healthy fats with the omega -3 fatty acids found in fish, nuts, seeds, avocados, and various vegetables can create a positive environment for hormones to continually be produced in the correct manner.
Natural Tip: Make a goal to eat .55 x Your Bodyweight
This ratio will ensure that each day your body is getting the amount of healthy fats that you need.
6.Helps Overactive Bladder
Many women may experience issues with their bladder as they go through menopause. This is due to a weakening in the muscles in the area. New studies have shown that specific hormone cream delivered vaginally may help decrease these types of symptoms.
7.Don’t Just Do It!
Not every woman needs some form of replacement. Don’t just do it because your friend at the club is doing it. Get the tests done. Ask your doctor. See what is right for you. And look at your symptoms. If you don’t have any weird symptoms, then you may be cruising right through this time of life and be thriving on your own. I’ve seen it happen many times.