Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
The hormonal changes that women’s bodies go through during the middle and later stages of their lives can be significant. Fortunately, the understanding around what is happening inside the body due to menopause has come a long way, and doctors can now address the changes and decreases in hormones with an effective solution. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, or BHRT, is used by many—but is it safe? Hormone Replacement History As far back as 11th century China, Taoist physicians were concentrating the urine from young men and women and making it into pills for emperors and empresses to live longer. It was documented that these high society men and women looked younger than others. Fast forward to the 20th century in America when the pharmaceutical industry developed and popularized Premarin® (pregnant mare urine) to alleviate the unwanted symptoms of perimenopause and postmenopause in human females. In 1966 the famous Nurses’ Health Study was published, which followed nearly 60,000 women through menopause. The New England Journal of Medicine concluded, “we observed a marked decrease in the risk of major coronary heart disease among women who took estrogen with progestin.” Postmenopausal Estrogen and Progestin Use and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease |...