Updated 4/2023. We discuss HRT, everything from what it is, the type of doctor you may see, hormone testing, to how you take it (oral, pellet, patch, etc). We also discuss some studies on the safety of HRT.
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—Hormones – write up from my website
—Is the Dutch test worth the money? – Review by Abby Langer
—North American Menopause Society – info on menopause + has option to look up a provider
–Lara Briden – The Period Revolutionary – I’ve found her information on hormones helpful to understand the menstrual cycle, perimenopause, and menopause, and how to support our bodies during this time to help with associated symptoms. **However, as for the information on her website about endometriosis, I have seen misinformation there, so take any of that info with a grain of salt.** Having said that though, some of her recommendations may be helpful for some people to manage endometriosis symptoms, but not to suppress the disease, shrink, or remove it. While she links to some studies on how X supplement etc can “reduce lesions” and other claims, these studies have design flaws. Remember – no matter the diet, lifestyle, herbs, supplements, etc, endometriosis still remains and can even progress leading to fused organs, bowel blockages, silent kidney death, etc, even if a person becomes asymptomatic.
—How Birth Control Switches Off Hormones and Why That Matters – Article by naturopath doctor Lara Briden.
—Guide to Using Progesterone for Women’s Health – Article by naturopath doctor Lara Briden.
—Does taking progesterone (alone or with estrogen) increase women’s risk for breast cancer? – Article from The Center for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research.
—Beyond the Pill: A 30-Day Program to Balance Your Hormones, Reclaim Your Body, and Reverse the Dangerous Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill by Dr Jolene Brighten.
—When Is the Best Time to Test Hormone Levels? – Article by Dr. Jolene Brighten.
—Dutch Test – Info from their website.
–Cagnacci A, Venier M. The Controversial History of Hormone Replacement Therapy. Medicina (Kaunas). 2019;55(9):602. Published 2019 Sep 18. doi:10.3390/medicina55090602
–Holtorf K. The bioidentical hormone debate: are bioidentical hormones (estradiol, estriol, and progesterone) safer or more efficacious than commonly used synthetic versions in hormone replacement therapy? Postgrad Med. 2009 Jan;121(1):73-85. doi: 10.3810/pgm.2009.01.1949. PMID: 19179815.
–Moskowitz D. A comprehensive review of the safety and efficacy of bioidentical hormones for the management of menopause and related health risks. Altern Med Rev. 2006 Sep;11(3):208-23. PMID: 17217322.
—Bioidentical Hormones, Acne Scars, and Heavy Metal Toxins – From Dr Chris Kresser.
—RHR: The Right and Wrong Way to Treat Hormone Imbalance – From Dr Chris Kresser.