LECTURE HANDOUT: Options in Hormone Replacement Therapy (2001)


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  • What is “NATURAL” Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Utilizing hormones that are exactly like the hormones made by your body
  • These are called “BIOIDENTICAL” (meaning identical to your bodies hormones)
  • These are made in the lab from plant sources (soybean and yam)
  • Utilizing these bioidentical hormones in a way that honors natures healing power and that fits “naturally” into your life and belief system
  • These medicines require a physicians prescription (except low dose progesterone cream)

Natural Estrogens                                 Other Estrogens

estradiol (Estrace, Patches)                  conjugated equine estrogens (Premarin)

estrone  (Ogen)                                  esterified estrogens (Estratab, Menest)


Natural Progesterone                            Synthetic Progestogins

                                                        medroxyprogesterone acetate (Provera, Cycrin, Amen)

                                                        norethindrone acetate (Aygestin)

Natural Testosterone                            Methyltestosterone

How can I take Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy

Brand Name Options

  • Oral or patches
  • limited by what is marketed by pharmaceutical companies
  • more medical research available
  • often times generic available/less expensive and on insurance formulary

Compounding Pharmacy  (a pharmacy that makes medicine per individualized prescription)

  • Oral, skin cream or gel, vaginal suppositories or gel
  • unlimited options, can be prescribed in any combination in any dose
  • less medical research available
  • may  be more expensive or not covered by insurance (fight for your rights!!!)
  • Over the counter Natural Progesterone Creams
  • dose ranges from 400 - 900 mg / ounce of cream 
  • needs to be used properly for the individual

3)   How do I decide what to use???   Empower yourself and involve your physician.













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