How not to get caught short by the HRT shortage

If you’re in the UK you have probably heard in the news recently that there is a national shortage of hormone replacement therapy due to manufacturing delays.  The appearance of symptoms is due to hormone imbalance at perimenopause in your 40s and 50s. We encourage a natural approach to menopause and managing hormone balance with diet, exercise, avoidance of toxins containing xeno-oestrogens and the use of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.

What can you do if the HRT shortage affects you?

We encourage you to try alternatives to HRT.  

Diet

A healthy diet can really help to balance your hormones. You can read more about what we recommend diet wise here. In the mean time stick to fresh, unprocessed foods, organic where possible. Sugar should be cut to a minimum or eliminated altogether if you can. Alcohol and caffeine can exacerbate hot flushes, so reduce their intake too.

Exercise

Feel better and protect yourself from osteoporosis by with  regular weight bearing exercise. Exercise also stimulates the production of endorphins so you’ll feel better emotionally too.  There are many menopause symptoms which can be alleviated by yoga and you can find how yoga can help you here.

Avoidance of toxins

Xeno-oestrogens are hormone disruptors which have occurred as a result of industrialization. Xeno-oestrogens mimics oestrogen in the body leading to oestrogen dominance which causes hormone imbalance. They can be found in all sorts of products such as cosmetics, cleaning products, plastics. Our article 10 signs of oestrogen dominance and what you can do about it tells you more about toxins and how to avoid them.

Natural progesterone cream

Natural progesterone or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is, for us, the gold standard in hormone balancing for easing symptoms of menopause You can read more here  When buying a natural progesterone cream it is essential to ensure that the cream you buy has the correct amount of the active ingredient. At Menopause Matters Guru we have teamed up with our preferred supplier of the cream and you can find out more by emailing us at info@menopausematters.guru

Pressing for progress on menopause – Happy International Women’s Day

How to have a stress free natural menopause. Happy International Womens Day

It’s International Women’s Day on Thursday 8th March, IWD is a global day celebrating the social economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also calls for gender parity. We have come a long way but there is still work to do. 

Each year there is a theme and this year it’s press for progress focussing on equal pay and recognition for women. 

 At Menopause Matters Guru we are pressing for progress to ensure women are enlightened and empowered about the menopause. Many women have been taught to fear the menopause believing that it is nothing but gloom and doom coupled with a huge mixture of horrible symptoms ranging from well known hot flushes and mood swings to the lesser known joint pain and burning tongue. With those thoughts in your head who could be blamed for dreading this time that all women experience?

 It doesn’t have to be like that.

 There’s lots you can do and you don’t have to resort to hormone replacement therapy or antidepressants. 

 We are great advocates of using natural remedies and holistic methods. We believe by taking a whole body approach you can have a stress free, natural menopause. 

 Start with what goes on in your head and work down. Just believing that the menopause is the start of all good things and freedom from lots of other parts of life that have been holding you back will help immensely. We regularly publish positive affirmations on our social media to get you on the right track. 

Hormone imbalance which is the cause of most menopause symptoms can be approached from a whole variety of angle. You can apply a natural progesterone cream which fits with your body’s own receptors. You should ensure it has the correct percentage of progesterone in it or it will be ineffective.

Next think about what you are fuelling your body with. If you feed it with junk food, highly processed foods and sugar, it doesn’t owe you any favours. Adapt your diet to contain more natural, organic vegetables, fruits fish and meat. The closer your food is to its natural state, the better.  The beauty of home cooked food is you know what goes in it. You can be sure there will be no nasty additives or artificial ingredients.

Take a good look in your cleaning  cupboards and the products you use for self care. Are they chemical cocktails of toxic substances. These all affect your hormone balance in the form of xeno-oestrogens. Check the ingredients and reduce harmful chemicals where possible by switching to natural alternatives. 

Exercise is also crucial to your wellbeing. You don’t need to do lots but it’s good to establish a regular habit. We like the 7 minute workouts which can easily be found on YouTube.

Lastly take time to relax and refresh your mind with some meditation. Just 5 minutes a day will soon get you feeling more chilled and less stressed.

Our blog contains lots of information on how you can make your menopause a happier, stress free time. Take a look through and feel free to email us with any questions at info@menopausematters.guru or join our Facebook group for mutual support and a safe space to share your wins and worries

BHRT: Doctors and the use of bio-identical hormone therapy

Wild yam

From the website of Jerry Tennant, MD, MD (H), PScD.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Menopausal symptoms are annoying and sometimes debilitating to many women.  For many years, standard therapy was Premarin, a form of oestrogen from horse urine. Rarely was progesterone included.  Eventually, it was recognised that the most important issue with hormones is balance.  Oestrogen must be balanced with progesterone.  Without progesterone in adequate amounts, one has what is called “oestrogen dominance”.  It is oestrogen dominance that causes many of the side effects of hormone inadequacy.

 

Because one cannot patent natural substances, pharmaceutical companies modify natural products so they will have a similar effect but they can patent the modified compound and thus make a profit from it.  Such a substance is progestin, a synthetic progesterone.

 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) established the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) in 1991 to address the most common causes of death, disability and impaired quality of life in postmenopausal women. The WHI addressed cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. The WHI was a 15 year multi-million dollar endeavour, and one of the largest U.S. prevention studies of its kind. The three major components of the WHI were:

* a randomised controlled clinical trial of promising but unproven approaches to prevention;

* an observational study to identify predictors of disease;

* a study of community approaches to developing healthful behaviours.

 

 

The study was discontinued after seven years because it was clear that the synthetic hormones were increasing risks—see below.  This has made many women fear the use of hormones of any type.

 

It appears that the use of bio-identical (same of the human makes) hormones instead of synthetic hormones have the reverse effect.  These hormones must be compounded by a compounding pharmacy since regular drug companies have no interest in these natural compounds as they can’t patent and pay the cost of getting the FDA to approve them.  If one company paid the FDA the millions of dollars it would take to get them approved, all of their competitors could make/sell them with no opportunity for the first company to recover the millions of dollars paid to the FDA to approve them.  Thus there is a constant effort to discredit bio-identical hormones in the U.S.  Since the FDA can’t control the use of natural substances, they have recently received authority to enforce severe requirements upon compounding pharmacies.  This increases the cost of bio-identical hormones above the price affordable by most consumers.  Thus there is a problem:  synthetic hormones are harmful and bio-identical hormones are helpful but difficult to afford.  However, women who can find them at an affordable price usually feel amazingly better without the risks of synthetic hormones.

(pictured; wild yam)

To read more: go here

10 Signs of Oestrogen Dominance and What You Can Do About It

How oestrogen dominance affects your menopause and what to do about it

Oestrogen dominance has become a hot topic, particularly during peri-menopause and menopause when progesterone levels start to decrease. We all have much to be thankful for in our modern world, but unfortunately, a side-effect of greater industrialisation is the introduction of harmful chemicals in our daily life, such as ‘xeno-oestrogen’, an unnatural substance which mimics oestrogen in the body, leading to oestrogen dominance.

Signs of Oestrogen Dominance

1. Heavier than normal periods
2. Severe PMS (breast tenderness, mood swings, headaches)
3. Loss of libido
4. Weight gain (especially round middle)
5. Tiredness
6. Brain fog
7. Hair loss
8. Abnormal thyroid function
9. Sluggish metabolism
10. Sleeping problems

Xeno-oestrogens can be found in some surprising places so it pays to be aware of them and reduce your exposure to them where possible

Here are some of the top offenders:

  • Plastic water bottles
    Plastic food containers
  • Cosmetics, makeup and toiletries, cleaning products (opt for natural lines)
  • Non-organic dairy, vegetables, meat, fish, chicken
  • Tap water
  • Cans lined with BPA (bisphenol A, an industrial chemical used in plastics)
  • Dryer sheets
  • Birth control pill
  • Non-fermented soy protein

 

These 3 simple steps will help you bring your hormones back into balance.

 

  1. Avoid constipation:
  • Drink 2-3L of water per day
  • Fill up half your plate with vegetables at each meal
  • Eat probiotic foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, kefir, plain full cream yogurt and tempeh
  • Add a scoop of fibre to your daily smoothie

body brushing to reduce oestrogen dominance

To support elimination throughout the body, do the following as well:

  • Take deep breaths to support the lungs
  • Go for a massage to support the lymph system
  • Work up a sweat through exercise or sit in a sauna to support the elimination of toxins through the skin
  • Use a dry skin brush to remove dead skin cells

 

  1. healthy food for oestrogen dominanceSupport your liver!
  • Eat a real, whole-foods based diet , and avoid processed food
  • Drink plenty of clean, filtered water
  • Avoid overeating
  • Avoid alcohol abuse
  • Eat plenty of foods that support liver health:

beets, dark leafy greens, artichoke, onions, garlic, leeks, shallots, eggs, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale etc.)

 

  1. Natural progesterone

Find a source of natural progesterone, preferably in cream form, as it is the natural antagonist to oestrogen dominance.

 

(Sources; Sally Longden, holistic health practitioner,

Alina Islam, nutritional practitioner)