Hormone Replacement Therapy and Strokes

Millions and millions of women who had been on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for years got some unfortunate news a few years ago: HRT leads to an increase risk of some serious health problems. While the vast majority of menopausal woman had been put on HRT to prevent everything from osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease and even dementia, a few bombshell studies came out which refuted the claim that HRT protects against these at all.

The hormones used in hormone replacement therapy are derived from animal sources, most commonly horses. Premarin, the most common replacement estrogen prescribed, is derived from PREgnant MARe urINe. This is the type of estrogen that has been studied and now found to be unsafe. In fact, a review of 28 clinical trials involving nearly 40,000 women on HRT confirmed the finding: HRT use raises risk of strokes by almost 30%, and the severity of stoke is increased as well.

It is unknown why HRT leads to this increase in strokes. But consider the following: women naturally produce three kinds of estrogen, each in different amounts. Each type of estrogen that is produced has a very different level of activity in the body, so the ratio of these types is very important for overall hormone balance.

Horses, from which the estrogens are derived for HRT, naturally produce seven different estrogens in their body. All seven types of estrogen are combined into the pill given as HRT. Thus, women taking horse-derived HRT are being exposed to 4 types of estrogen that are “foreign” to their bodies.

For millions of women experiencing menopause, symptoms associated with that transition can be extremely disruptive. Unfortunately, the conventional medical world has generally had only one answer to those symptoms: HRT. Now that the evidence is overwhelming that HRT increases the risk of some fatal diseases and conditions, the conventional medical world is at a loss for what to do.

There are dozens of safe, effective and inexpensive therapies available to naturopathic physicians which can significantly reduce and even eliminate the most troubling symptoms associated with menopause, including insomnia, hot flashes, mood changes, vaginal dryness and others. These therapies not only address the symptoms, but they also enhance overall health and vitality.

When health care truly cares for the health of the individual, therapies that are used should not just relieve a particular symptom or group of symptoms. Those therapies should make the individual more healthy generally, such that the risk of all diseases and conditions is lowered. This is precisely the result of a comprehensive naturopathic and Chinese medicine treatment plan that addresses the unique needs of each individual.

If you or someone you know is experiencing life-disrupting symptoms associated with menopause, schedule a visit with one of the physicians at Nature Cures Clinic and discuss some of the options for safe, effective, health-enhancing treatment. Simple visit our Appointments Page, request a most convenient time for your visit, and we will contact you with more information.

In medicine, it is not always possible to eliminate every symptom associated with a condition. However, it is always possible to advance the overall health of the patient through a treatment plan that manages those symptoms with supportive, balancing therapies.