Menopause: Myths vs. Facts
of the estrogen replacement hormones are natural hormones; those that are synthetic
act as natural hormones.|
replacement hormones are not natural to women's bodies. So-called natural hormones
are not part of the body's process of making hormones and have not had long-term
large-scale studies to determine safety. |
hormone drugs are synthetic chemicals that are manufactured in laboratories; even
the ones derived from plants have been chemically altered in laboratories. The
closest to "natural," the most popularly prescribed and longest on the
market - Premarin - is reconstituted from PREgnant Mares' UrINe (PRE+MAR+IN).
Once the mare's urine is altered in the lab, Premarin is not even natural to a
Drug companies deliberately make their synthetic hormones NOT identical
to human hormones so that they can patent these products and make them financially
Our endocrine glands respond to very subtle stimuli and the
amount of hormone secreted by any gland can vary widely throughout the day. Finding
a dosage of synthetic hormones that feels comfortable in you body is still a crude
way of trying to mimic what our bodies will do if left alone.
amount of estrogen secreted by our ovaries during a normal menstrual cycle is
measured in millionths and billionths of a gram - a phantom, a wisp of mist suffusing
our body. Yet this minute amount has profound effects in our bodies.
the category of "natural" are isolated substances derived from plants,
such as soy and Mexican wild yams, none of which contain any human hormones. When
these molecules are altered in the laboratory to match the structure of human
hormones, they are marketed as "bio-identical" or "natural"
hormones. Even though these engineered molecules are identical to our own progesterone
and estrogen, they can never match what our body's timing, quantity, or natural
Unless these new molecules can be patented it is extremely
unlikely that long-term studies of large numbers of women will be done to determine
the effects and safety of "natural" hormones.
is an excerpt from the book, Menopause
Myths & Facts: What Every Woman Should Know about Hormone Replacement Therapy,
by Lorraine Rothman MS MS, (co-founder of the Los Angeles Feminist Women's Health
Center) with Marcia Wexler PhD.
here with permission from Lorraine Rothman.
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