Tags: hormones | estrogen | menopause | breast cancer

Hormones Ease Menopause Suffering

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 04:43 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Most people would be surprised to discover that a lot of what doctors consider well-founded, scientific backed information is nothing more than rumor.

For example, if you ask the average doctor, even gynecologists, is it safe for a woman to take female hormones, they would instinctively say no. Then they would cite that a “study” has shown that it dramatically increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer when taking estrogens.

But is this really true? The original study that this bit of medical wisdom is based on was the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), which studied post-menopausal women who were taking either the synthetic HRT (Premarin) type of female hormone, Premarin plus Provera, or a placebo.

They found that women who took the Premarin plus the Provera had an increased incidence of breast cancer at a rate of 0.4 percent per year. Not a very powerful effect when you consider that mammograms themselves increase risk up to 3 percent a year.

Most important, women on the Premarin alone did not have increased breast cancer risk at all, and a further study even found that in a subset of women the estrogen seemed to reduce breast cancer risk slightly.

Similar misinformation concerning other medical “facts” circulates throughout the medical profession all the time.

Yet why are physicians and the medical establishment guilds, such as the AMA, attacking compounding pharmacists over bioidentical female hormone replacements?

Their claim is twofold — one, that the hormones are not standardized and two, that they increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.

It always amazed me that post-menopausal women who went to their gynecologist were all given the same dose of Premarin (estradiol) and the doctor never tested their hormone levels. They just all got the same dose.

Normally women secrete a number of sex hormones, including three forms of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Testing is needed because each woman will have different levels and replacement needs to be individualized to replace these hormones.

Sex hormones play a major role on brain function, explaining the severe depression often accompanying menopause.

In addition, estrogens have been found to play a major role in protecting the brain from damage and degeneration.

To deny a women relief from an assortment of debilitating symptoms based on a lack of testing and a false fear of cancer is poor medicine.

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