The co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates, women’s health expert and author Marla Ahlgrimm is a knowledgeable resource for information about natural hormone therapy for women.
Q: Why is natural hormone therapy such a potent solution for many women?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Natural hormone therapy, or HT, is an effective, sensible and safe form of therapy that has fewer of the side effects often associated with the use of synthetic hormones. For women dealing with menopause, perimenopause, PMS, osteoporosis or hypothyroidism, HT may be the right choice.
Q: How does natural HT compared with synthetic options on the market?
Marla Ahlgrimm: In the U.S., more than 5,000 women begin menopause each day. Up to 30 percent of these women have used synthetic hormone replacement to alleviate many of their toughest symptoms. With the emergence of natural HT, they now hold an even more powerful solution in their grasp.
Q: After menopause, how often should a woman take hormone therapy?
Marla Ahlgrimm: HT regimens come in two different types: continuous combined and cyclical. Most women prefer continuous combined, meaning that the patient takes progesterone and estrogen each day. Additionally, there are fewer negative side effects with continuous combined, and women can avoid monthly bleeding. In the cyclical HT regimen, that’s not always the case.
Q: Once the first dose of hormone therapy has been administered, can I expect to continue this regimen indefinitely?
Marla Ahlgrimm: While that may be the case, hormone therapy should be revisited during each regular checkup with your physician. At this time, he or she may test your hormone levels and then alter the prescription if necessary.
Q: Where else can I find out more information about natural HT?
Marla Ahlgrimm: In terms of hormone therapy, women should always consult their physicians. Each prescription issued by a physician is personalized to help the patient using natural hormones and low dosing.