Sunday, September 30, 2012

How Natural Hormone Replacement Works

By Randi Boyer

As women get older their bodies are unable to produce certain hormones or reduce the production, this stage in life is referred to a menopause. The use of hormone therapy to treat the symptoms of menopause is common. Many women are choosing to use natural hormone replacement rather than traditional forms because it is believed that these products, being natural, work better with the body's systems. The products come from substances found in nature and are very similar to hormones produces by the body.

Menopause is the reason most women need or choose therapy. The symptoms commonly associated with menopause are moodiness, inability to sleep comfortable, and hot flashes. These symptoms can be easily treated with the right combination of supplements. Although treatment will vary from person to person, depending on their specific condition.

The use of these drugs can also treat premature menopause or the early loss of ovarian function. There are a wide range of causes for these conditions and differ greatly depending on genetics, specific surgeries, or medical conditions. Symptoms of these health issues can be reduced by regular therapy before they reach the average age of menopause.

The loss or weakening of bone mass is another reason for the use of natural hormone replacement therapy. It usually occurs in women after they have gone through menopause or if they have a medical condition that may cause it. Using therapy can lower the risk for fractures and decrease the rate of bone mass loss.

The most effective direct way of applying treatment is to administer it using a cream or gel. Using this method allows the hormones to be absorbed through the skin into the blood. This way of treatment is simple and can be directed to specific areas where they are required.

There are also oral forms of treatment administered through pills. The drawback of this way is that the product must go through the digestive system before it is able to be absorbed into the blood. As the hormones are making their way through the digestive track they may be altered by chemicals in the body before they are able to do their job fully.

Because this type of therapy is not approved by the FDA, the risks are not well known. The therapies are produced by companies that promote the use of natural products, and not by pharmaceutical companies to back them. The lack of scientific backing means the only means of proving their effectiveness comes from trials and satisfied users.

Benefits of these products claim to be similar to those of traditional hormone treatments. They help women to deal with the symptoms of menopause and early onset menopause, as well as preventing and treating bone mass loss and ovarian function. Unlike traditional therapies, these products use all naturally occurring substances that are found in plants and other places. These substances are very similar to those produced by humans and work with the body in similar ways.

Like all medical therapies, consult a physician before starting a natural hormone replacement therapy. If any problems arise it is important to let your doctor know as soon as possible. Most importantly, do research before hand to see if this may be right for you.

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