What is “natural”
hormone replacement and why consider it an option for you?
Natural hormones are
the hormones your body makes. This means the chemical structures of
the hormones are identical to those synthesized in your ovaries and
other areas of the body. The body sees synthetic hormones (ie
Premarin and Prempro) and consider them to be foreign substances. The
body sees bio-identical hormones as an exact match to our hormones
and responds to them in natural ways.
Dosages are customized to
each patient. One size does not fit all. Each patient is put on a
dose specifically chosen according to individual hormone levels,
stress level and overall health assessment.
Since the product is
compounded at special pharmacies, any dose of the hormone can be
added, subtracted and adjusted as needed. This individualized hormone
replacement therapy takes into account that we are not the same.
All the benefits of
hormone replacement therapy—mood, sex drive heart, brain, and bone
density –apply to natural hormone replacement without clinical
evidence of the well documented side effects of the synthetic , horse
urine, conjugated estrogens contained in conventional hormone
replacement therapy (HRT).
What is the difference
between “bioidentical” and chemical/synthetic hormones?
- Mixture of horse
urine—based, synthetic estrogens plus additives and coatings,
which are also synthetic.
- Can remain in the
body for as long as 13 weeks.
- Potency of synthetic
estrogen is approximately 200 times that of natural estrogen.
- Contains higher
percentage of more aggressive types of estrogen.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Bioidentical replaces
instead of substituting an unfamiliar chemical.
- Eliminated from the
body in a matter of hours, not weeks.
- Potency is the same
or even less than estrogen levels in ovulating women.
- Customized treatment
- Physiologic doses are
- All of the body’s
other hormones are evaluated and treated simultaneously , to keep
natural balance intact (DHEA, cortisol, estrogen, progesterone,
testosterone, thyroid hormones, insulin, etc)
exercise, stress control, digestion, and detox are equally important
parts of treatment.
It’s not the estrogen
you take that makes breast cancer, but the estrogen you
We know that estrogen converts into other forms (metabolites),
determine the ultimate effects of estrogen on your body.
It appears to be the
metabolites of estrogen that determine the risk of developing breast
cancer. (Metabolite: The product of the chemical changes a substance
undergoes in the tissue.)
There are three significant metabolites of estrogen that determine cancer risk:
- The first is
(good for you). It does not stimulate cell division and it attaches
to estrogen cell receptors and blocks attachment of more aggressive
- The second is
(bad for you). This one strongly attaches to receptors and
stimulated DNA synthesis and cell replication. It binds permanently
tor receptors, while other estrogens attach briefly and are
- The third metabolite
is 4-hydroxy Estrone
(also bad for you). May directly damage DNA and can cause mutations
that are carcinogenic.
estrogens (Premarin, Prempro) promote metabolism of the 4-hydroxy
estrones, causing mutagenic damage (cancer potential) five
times more rapidly
than human 4-hydroxy estrones.
high (or low) doses of ANY type of hormone (hormone imbalance) will
cause undesirable side effects. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
Therapy is prescribed at the lowest effective doses, and treatment is
followed with regular lab tests (saliva) and regular visits to the
Himes Health and Wellness Center office.