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What is natural hormone replacement therapy (NHRT)?

Women, educated on the harmful effects of synthetic hormone replacement therapy, are now beginning to realize the great benefits of natural hormone replacement therapy that women in other parts of the world have known for ages. The proof of natural hormone replacement therapy's healthful effectiveness is found in pocket regions of the world where women routinely lean on nature's remedy for menopause with natural hormone replacement therapy. A high concentration of

women in Asia and some Mediterranean and Latin American countries use natural hormone replacement therapy instead of synthetics and these women typically breeze through menopause. The women using natural hormone replacement therapy report fewer hot flashes and other menopause symptoms, improved mental states and better sleep patterns. Women in these cultures using natural hormone replacement therapy have less heart disease and less breast cancer.

Natural hormone replacement therapy (NHRT) is a combination of human estrogens and natural human progesterone. HRT, on the other hand is a 'factory-made' estrogen, much of which is derived from horse estrogen and a man-made progesterone called progestin. The ratio of estriol to estrone and estradiol (all ingredients of estrogen) is different in NHRT which also includes DHEA (dehydropiandrosterone), which turns into a natural testosterone in the body to maintain one's sex drive.

NHRT can improve many bodily functions. NHRT can promote bone formation, reduce joint pain and increase flexibility, improve skin condition, and reduce sexual dysfunction symptoms such as painful intercourse, vaginal dryness, and decreased libido. The bottom line is that human women do better with human hormones rather than animal-derived hormones. Many studies show that the symptoms of menopause are better controlled with NHRT with fewer side effects, while protection from heart disease and osteoporosis is more dramatic using NHRT. There is a 'right' dosage of NHRT for each woman so you may have to experiment with the triple estrogen ratios. A typical prescription for NHRT is often 10% estrone, 10% estradiol and 80% estriol, mixed with 30 mg. of natural progesterone after menopause, and 10—30 mg DHEA, which should, but doesn't always, convert to testosterone (if it doesn't, you can discuss with your doctor adding a steroid to the mix of natural hormones if your sex drive is low).

An alternative to HRT is found in plant hormones called phytoestrogens which have been used in Asian cultures for centuries to treat hot flashes. Many food sources, such as tofu and soy contain high concentrations of phytoestrogens. Japanese women, who have a high soy-based diet, report hot flashes about one-sixth as often as Western women. Breast cancer rates are dramatically lower in Japan than in the United States; many experts believe this is because of protective benefits of plant hormones.

More information on menopause

What is menopause? - Menopause is a stage of the human female reproductive cycle that occurs as the ovaries stop producing estrogen, causing the reproductive system to gradually shut down.
When does menopause occur? - Most premenopausal women experience changes in their menstrual cycle. Perimenopause is the phase before menopause actually takes place, when ovarian hormone production is declining and fluctuating, causing a host of symptoms.
What are the signs and symptoms of menopause? - The symptoms of menopause can be divided into early and late onset symptoms. Early symptoms include abnormal vaginal bleeding, hot flashes, and mood changes. Late symptoms include vaginal dryness and irritation, osteoporosis, and heart disease.
What causes menopause? - Menopause occurs when the ovaries are totally depleted of eggs and no amount of stimulation from the regulating hormones can force them to work.
What is premature menopause? - Premature menopause is menopause that happens before the age of 40 - whether it is natural or induced.
What is perimenopause? - Perimenopause is the stage of a woman's life before menopause. The perimenopause is a normal period of transition between the childbearing years and menopause.
What is postmenopause? - Postmenopause is the time when most of the transitional stress of menopause has passed. Since postmenopausal women produce less estrogen, there are some symptoms that they might experience.
What are the treatment options for menopause? - Treatments for menopause can be divided based on those symptoms that are present in a given woman at a specific time. The standard of treatment for menopausal symptoms is replacement of one or both of the major female hormones.
What is hormone replacement therapy (HRT)? - Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment for women who have reached or passed menopause, which often is referred to as "the change of life."
What are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy? - The benefits of hormone replacement therapy include controlling menopause symptoms, preventing heart disease, preventing osteoporosis, preventing some hard-to-detect female cancers.
What are the risk factors for hormone replacement therapy? - Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) risks and possible side effects include increased risk of cancers, blood clots, gallbladder disease, and heart attack or stroke.
What hormones are used in hormone replacement therapy? - The menopause is associated with a relative lack of oestrogens and progestogens. Replacement therapy always requires oestrogens, which are given continuously.
How is hormone replacement therapy taken? - There are many ways of taking HRT, including a daily tablet, skin patches, a small pellet or implant under the skin, a gel applied daily to the skin, or a nasal spray.
What is natural hormone replacement therapy? - Natural hormone replacement therapy (NHRT) is a combination of human estrogens and natural human progesterone.
What are herbal remedies for menopause? - Some women take herbal, natural, or plant-based products to help their symptoms. Wort and chasteberry may help some women with depressed mood.
What is estrogen replacement therapy (ERT)? - Estrogen Replacement Therapy (ERT) is therapy to replace estrogen no longer made by a woman's body because she is post-menopausal or her ovaries have been damaged or removed.
What menopause diet is suggested? - Eating right can definitely ease the various discomforts of menopause including hot flashes, bloating and mood swings.
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