The dangers associated with FDA-approved hormone replacement drugs have sent thousands of women looking for alternative methods for menopause relief. Some have completely abandoned hormone replacement therapy, relying on drug-free techniques to relieve the worst of their hot flashes, irritability and vaginal dryness. But others haven’t been so lucky and must remain on it. To diminish the risk, they have chosen to take bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) products, all-natural, custom-mixed drugs, believing that this route will prove safer. However, according to the FDA, that’s not the case.
Despite claims that BHRT drugs are safer and more effective than FDA-approved drugs, and can prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and breast cancer, they are no different from the ones regulated by the government. They are still hormones and thus, hold the same risks – heart disease, breast cancer, dementia – if not more, since women are blindly consuming them, taken in by the exorbitant declarations. The only true benefit of BHRT products over FDA-approved ones is that they can be custom compounded, meaning if someone has an allergy or difficulty swallowing pills, a pharmacist can create a chewable or allergen-free mixture.
If hormone replacement therapy is in your future or already present, you must be careful, regardless of whether you are taking BHRT or FDA-approved medications. Either path can be helpful; either path can be harmful. Take the lowest dose possible for the shortest period of time. Relieve your menopause symptoms without relieving your health.