THE NATURAL APPROACH VS HRT
Our ever-changing hormones
Many people think we’re only affected by hormonal changes when we hit peri-menopause. This is the time when many of us will start to notice our hormone levels declining and we start getting our first menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, difficulties with sleeping, losing our sex drive and, often, anxiety.
But in reality, our hormone levels start to slowly decline from the age of 30. Menopause is the time when we haven’t had a period for a year. Hormone levels then start declining often at a much more rapid rate, hence the more dramatic symptoms! At this time we become more prone to age-related diseases, such as heart and blood pressure problems, osteoporosis and loss of memory.
This is when we may start considering hormone replacement therapy.
BHRT hormones are made from natural products such as soya beans (bioidentical means that their molecular structure is similar to that of our own hormones). Because of this similarity, we can easily adapt them into our hormonal system. They can also be tailored to individual needs, whereas HRT is a one-size-fits-all approach which clearly will not suit everyone.
The difference between HRT and BHRT is that pharmaceutical drugs are synthetic – they are manufactured in a laboratory.
Unfortunately, we will all experience some age-related health issues. This is a case of don’t panic, but do get educated, do your research, talk to experts and discover what’s right for you.
So many of us just rush around fire fighting instead of looking at prevention. At Femolene we encourage women to take action before serious health issues set in, living a healthy life and managing their diet and weight.
Getting the right balance
Everyone reacts differently to menopause. As different hormones bring different benefits, it’s important to get the balance right.
- Oestrogen is the main female hormone, responsible for at least 400 bodily functions so maintaining good levels of oestrogen is vitally important to support memory, strengthen skin and bones, protect our hair, boost energy levels and keep us feeling and looking younger.
- Progesterone is the calming hormone which supports sleep and reduces anxiety, alleviates depression, increases metabolism and promotes weight loss.
- Testosterone supports self confidence, helps you think clearly, maintains your desire for sex and helps build bone and muscle strength.
- Thyroid hormones also support our metabolism and sleep patterns and are important for our moods. There is now strong evidence connecting levels of thyroid hormones and depression (unfortunately this is often missed by many in the medical profession).
- DHEA – often overlooked – is the most plentiful hormone in the body. Often considered an anti-ageing hormone, DHEA is good for the brain and immune system, enhances feelings of wellbeing, raises growth hormone levels, decreases body fat and maintains youthful appearance.
Making the change
If you’re already on HRT it’s pretty easy to change over to BHRT. Hot flushes, itching and mood swings could start to disappear in the first month, but we recommend taking two to three months to allow your hormones to balance out.