Traditionally, doctors have prescribed synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat the symptoms of menopause. These symptoms include hot flashes, irritability, insomnia, vaginal dryness.
While HRT is effective, it can also be very dangerous. Studies show that women who have been treated with conventional HRT are at greater risk of developing breast cancer, heart attacks, strokes and life-threatening blood clots, compared to those who have not used HRT. (WHI, 2002)
The problem with conventional HRT is that it is created from synthetic chemicals that our bodies do not recognize as naturally occurring hormones. While many doctors continue to prescribe synthetic HRT in spite of dangerous outcomes, the Naturopathic Doctors at Bronte Wellness Boutique are trained to prescribe bioidentical hormones – a safer and more beneficial therapy.
Bioidentical hormones are an effective alternative since they are biologically identical to our own hormones and, therefore, are broken down in exactly the same manner as our own hormones. Researchers have concluded that bioidentical hormones are associated with lower risks of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease, and that they are even more effective than conventional HRT. (Holtorf, 2009)