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.

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Why you don’t need to be scared of menopause

Many women are scared of menopause. Here we discuss why it's perfectly normal and allay your fears

Menopause has been a time which women have feared for many years. Unlike men, women have a clear indicator that they are getting older. The menopause has traditionally been a taboo subject, often referred to as ‘the change’.

Women are worried and frightened by menopause as it represents a time of loss: loss of fertility, youth, bone density and full functioning. Not only that, it brings with it an array of seemingly unconnected symptoms; hot flushes, memory loss, decreased libido, sleep problems and mood swings to name but a few. Small wonder then that one of the major symptoms: anxiety, has women beating a path to the surgery door in search of a cure for these ills.

There is no doubting that menopause with all its symptoms can be uncomfortable and frightening for some women. Just as a girl getting  her first period  can be confused and overwhelmed by all the changes occurring, a perimenopausal woman is equally unsure what is going to happen next for her. However menopause is a completely natural and expected stage of life. What woman would really want to be able to bear children into her eighties? (Urghh No Thanks!)  It makes biological sense that women shouldn’t be able to reproduce until the end of her life as human children require a very long period of care before they can fend for themselves (it seems to be getting longer all the time).

Now that  the average life expectancy of a woman is in the mid 80s and beyond, and the average age they go through menopause is 51, women can be reasonably sure they have 30+ years of life post menopause. When you consider that, it makes complete sense to embrace the menopause as not just marking the end of your reproductive years but the threshold to a previously unexperienced freedom. It’s a time to make plans for the future, learn new skills and determine how you are going to enjoy the rest of your life unfettered by previous responsibilities (and worry-free in white trousers!) if that’s what you want to do.

Yes, some of the symptoms are uncomfortable but that doesn’t mean they should be medicalised. There are many ways to treat the effects of the menopause without resorting to the dreaded HRT with all its associated risks.

A positive outlook will help you enormously.  You should also pay attention to what goes into your body as food and drink and on it as powders, creams, detergents and the like. Avoidance of toxic substances and a healthy organic diet will also make a big difference.

As proponents of a natural menopause we recommend applying a natural source of progesterone which will reduce all the symptoms. but there are many natural ways you can treat your symptoms.

Horror stories from women who have already been through it don’t help. Just like childbirth, every woman’s experience is slightly different. Many women hardly notice when they are menopausal and you may be one of them. Above all, whatever your experience of menopause, you can rest assured that you don’t have to suffer in silence. Remember this is your time to be awesome!!

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BHRT and Breast Cancer

BHRT and Breast Cancer

Using BHRT when you have breast cancer

I have been asked by lots of women about using natural progesterone (BHRT)  when you have, or have had breast cancer, so I wanted to clarify what’s best.

Dame Dr Shirley Bond MB BS, LRCP MRCS, FFARCS

Dr Bond is a Harley Street general practitioner. She was one of the very first doctors in the UK, over 25 years ago, to use bio-identical hormones, including natural progesterone, to enable women of all ages to balance their hormones naturally. She was also involved in the development of methods for diagnosing and treating osteoporosis in its early stages, before it becomes severe enough to lead to fractures.

During my research, I came across some answers to questions women had asked  about progesterone and breast cancer:

Can taking natural progesterone cause breast cancer?

Progesterone never causes breast cancer. If a breast cancer is described as being progesterone-sensitive, it does not mean that the progesterone caused the cancer or that the administration of progesterone will make it recur. What it means is that the breast cancer has receptors that are sensitive to progesterone. The effect of progesterone on the breast is to reduce proliferation of the tissues, and it is this proliferation that makes cancer more likely, so by using progesterone you are positively protecting your breasts against the risk of cancer.

I have been told that natural progesterone inhibits oestrogen, so can it be used instead of Tamoxifen following breast cancer? 

It is not true that natural progesterone inhibits oestrogen. Oestrogen and progesterone are female hormones that occur naturally in the body and should occur in quantities that balance each other out. The importance of progesterone is that it balances out the effects of oestrogen. Breast cancer is usually an effect of oestrogen dominance. If this dominance can be counteracted, then the activity of breast cancer cells should be inhibited. It is claimed that tamoxifen does this. However, it is a very potent drug (actually a weak oestrogen) with unpleasant side effects of its own and, in the opinion of many people, is best avoided. As natural progesterone prevents oestrogen dominance and has no reported side effects, it is preferable to use it.

I had breast cancer 15 years ago and now have osteoporosis. I believe I can’t have HRT,  what else can I do?

No, you will not be prescribed HRT as you would be a prime risk for further cancer if you were to be given it. However, there is still a great deal that can be done to help your osteoporosis; taking natural progesterone will enable you to build up new bone and will  be protective against any further breast cancer risk.

Hormones and Breast Cancer The findings from the Women’s Health Initiative by Dr David Zava

Hormones and Breast Cancer The findings from the Women's Health Initiative by Dr David Zava

Natural progesterone has a much safer profile than all forms of synthetic progestins, not only for the breasts, but for nearly all tissues of the body, including the reproductive tissues, the cardiovascular systems, and the brain. There is a plethora of published literature on this subject.

For those who are unsure about the striking differences in safety profiles of synthetic progestins versus natural progesterone as regards breast cancer risk, several clinical trials have clearly shown the superiority of natural progesterone. In a 2005 review of clinical studies comparing synthetic progestins to natural progesterone, Campagnoli and co-authors concluded that: “The balance of the in-vivo evidence is that progesterone does not have a cancer-promoting effect on breast tissue. …..We therefore suggest that when hormone therapy is indicated, preparations containing progesterone and not a synthetic progestin should be used. In this way the risk of endometrial cancer is minimised without increasing the risk of breast cancer.”
So why are the news media confusing synthetic progestins with natural progesterone? Too often information such as this is streamlined in mainstream media by those who have power, money and the ability to shout the loudest. Large pharmaceutical companies have a strangle hold on funding for universities, who gets grants, what gets published, whose opinions get press, the success of women’s health organisations and journals they represent.
“The decision on natural hormone therapy is one between a patient and physician; natural hormones, when properly balanced, allow the body to function at its optimal level.”

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Natural Ways to Relieve Hot Flushes

Natural remedies for hot flushes

Hot flushes (or flashes) and night sweats are a very well known symptom of menopause. They happen when blood vessels close to the skin dilate to cool. The sudden feeling of heat appears from nowhere and  seems to spread through your body. They can appear at any time and if they turn up at night for you, are known as night sweats. A flush can cause redness, sweating and sometimes palpitations. The incidence and severity, like all menopause symptoms, varies from woman to woman.

Hot flushes are often inconvenient and uncomfortable but there are plenty of natural ways you can try to reduce them.

Keep a diary of your hot flushes and see if there are any patterns or you notice any triggers. These may be caffeine, hot and spicy foods, alcohol or stress. Smoking may also trigger hot flushes.


Cut down on caffeine and hot spicy foods.

Wear clothes and choose bedsheets that wick away sweat, particularly those night sweats which leave you feeling cold and clammy afterwards. For natural fabrics try bamboo yarn which is naturally wicking. Avoid cotton as the moisture stays close to your skin.

Keep your rooms cool and sleep with a window open if possible

If you are a smoker then giving up the habit will benefit you in more ways than just hot flushes.

Other remedies

Meditation, yoga and breathing exercises all help reduce the stress that can be a trigger for hot flushes. Try a minute of slow deep breathing. 6-15  breaths per minute is ideal

Red clover provides a rich source of isoflavones (water soluble chemicals which act like oestrogen – known as phytoestrogens). It is available in tablet form, tea bags and dried flowers which can be taken as an infusion

Black cohosh used by native Americans for many years since it was discovered it can help reduce menstrual cramps and menopause symptoms

Sage has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. Sage tea has may uses not least of which is to reduce hot flushes and menopausal sweats. Sage is also available in tablet form.

Evening primrose oil  has many benefits for menopausal women including lessening the effects of hot flushes

Natural progesterone cream. I am a huge fan of this and know from experience that it is extremely effective in getting rid of hot flushes

Natural Progesterone for Menopause – Nature’s Magic Bullet

NATURAL PROGESTERONE Nature’s Magic Bullet for the problems of Menopause


Nature’s Magic Bullet for the problems of Menopause

is the mother hormone from which all hormones are made, including oestrogen.Natural, bio-identical progesterone is the exact match to the progesterone your body manufactures and allows the body’s innate intelligence to manufacture exactly what hormones it needs. It is a non-invasive, natural way of dealing with imbalances that are caused primarily by our toxic environment with its hormone disrupting chemicals, and is a wonderful treatment to apply from peri-menopause through menopause and beyond. Oestrogen should always be in balance with its antagonist, progesterone, which is secreted in large amounts during ovulation.When ovulation ceases (peri-menopause) so do progesterone secretions. This results in serious “oestrogen dominance” with its symptoms of bloating, weight gain, high blood pressure, mood swings, allergies, low libido, migraines and memory problems.

Here are some examples of how progesterone helps restore the balance: 

  • It is a wonderful diuretic, helping to reduce oestrogen dominant weight gain and normalising blood pressure due to fluid retention.
  • It improves thyroid function.
  • It helps prevent osteoporosis. While oestrogen prevents bone breakdown, progesterone actually promotes bone rebuilding by stimulating the osteoblasts, the cells that create bone. 
  • Progesterone concentrations in the brain are up to 20 times higher than in the blood, so it has a soothing effect.
  • It decreases migraines caused by excessive oestrogen. 
  • It  promotes sleep 
  • It helps with with memory loss due to low hormone levels.
  • It improves libido

This therapy is a far safer, natural alternative to synthetic HRT. It does not just treat symptoms but gets to the underlying cause of the problems and brings the body back to balance promoting healing in all areas..

with thanks to Sally Longden


Q: What is progesterone?
A: Progesterone is a steroid hormone made by the corpus luteum of the ovary at ovulation, and in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands. Progesterone is manufactured in the body from the steroid hormone pregnenolone, and is a precursor to most of the other steroid hormones.

Q: Why do women need progesterone?
A: Progesterone is needed by menopausal women for many reasons, but one of its most important roles is to balance or oppose the effects of oestrogen. Unopposed oestrogen creates a strong risk for breast and reproductive cancers. Progesterone also stimulates bone-building and thus helps protect against osteoporosis.

Q: What is bio-identical progesterone made from?
The bio-identical progesterone used for hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) comes from plant fats and oils, usually a substance called diosgenin which is extracted from a very specific type of wild yam that grows in Mexico, or from soybeans. In the laboratory diosgenin is chemically synthesised into real human progesterone.

Q: How long before the benefits are felt?
A: The recommended course is at least 3 months, as this is how long it takes to bring your body into hormonal balance.

Q: Why not just use the progestins (HRT) as prescribed by most doctors?
A: Bio-identical progesterone is preferable to the synthetic progestins, because it is natural to the body and has no undesirable side effects when used as directed. If you have any doubts about how different progesterone is from the progestins, remember that the placenta produces 300-400 mg of progesterone daily during the last few months of pregnancy, so we know that such levels are safe for the developing baby. But progestins, even at fractions of this dose, can cause birth defects, and many other side effects, including partial loss of vision, breast cancer in test dogs, an increased risk of strokes, fluid retention, migraine headaches, asthma, cardiac irregularities and depression.

Q: What is oestrogen dominance?
A: Oestrogen dominance occurs when the normal  balance of oestrogen to progesterone is changed by excess oestrogen or inadequate progesterone. Oestrogen is a potent and potentially dangerous hormone when not balanced by adequate progesterone. Women who have suffered from PMS and menopausal hormone imbalances, will recognise the hallmark symptoms of oestrogen dominance: weight gain, bloating, mood swings, irritability, tender breasts, headaches, fatigue, depression, hypoglycaemia, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and fibrocystic breasts. Oestrogen dominance is known to cause and/or contribute to cancer of the breast, ovary, endometrium (uterus).

Q: Why would a premenopausal woman need progesterone cream?
A: In the ten to fifteen years before menopause, many women have anovulatory cycles (when no egg is released by the ovary) in which they make enough oestrogen to create menstruation, but not enough progesterone, thus setting the stage for oestrogen dominance. Using progesterone cream during anovulatory months can help prevent the symptoms of PMS.

Q: How safe is progesterone cream?
A: A one-time overdose of the cream is virtually impossible. During the third trimester of pregnancy, the placenta produces about 300 mg of progesterone daily!

John R. Lee, M.D.

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause: The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone, (Warner Books, 1996)

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Pre menopause: Balance Your Hormones and Life from Thirty to Fifty  (Warner Books, 1999)


Bio-identical progesterone  comes from plant fats and oils, usually a substance called diosgenin. One source is a very specific type of wild yam that grows in Mexico.


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What is the NUMBER 1 secret to a health happy menopause?

The number one secret to a healthy, happy menopause is hormonal balance. 

The best way to achieve this is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, BHRT, which has been the biggest breakthrough in recent years. Shun synthetic hormone replacement therapy, HRT, like the plague! Many doctors treat menopause as a disease, prescribing synthetic hormones which make millions for  the drug companies. Instead, using only natural, bio-identical hormones, helps to relieve these distressing symptoms. Let me explain that more fully. Bio-identical means that it is identical to the same hormone that your body produces, and will fit exactly with the receptors in your body and comes from a natural source.
When doctors prescribe HRT, they are referring to synthetic hormones, such as oestrogen, estradiol, synthetic progesterone, progestin etc. in the form of tablets, injections, capsules, implants or creams.  These don’t fit your bodies receptors properly and cause confusion and disruption, not to mention ill health.
In 2002, researchers called a halt to a huge government- run study of hormone replacement therapy, used by millions of women under the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). Researchers discovered that the long-term use of synthetic oestrogen and progestin significantly increased women’s danger of stroke, blood clots, heart disease and invasive breast cancer.
Bio-identical hormones, however,  can help protect your body from cancer, stroke, and heart disease as well as other diseases related to inflammation and early ageing. The best form of BHRT is the natural hormone, progesterone, also known as the mother hormone. This is because it is the precursor to all the other hormones, including testosterone, and is vital in their manufacture.
If you are between the ages of 35 and 55, there are important truths you need to know. Symptoms can start  as long as 10 years before. Most doctors’ advice is hopelessly out of date. Many of them  know little or nothing about the benefits of bio-identical hormone therapy, although there are some enlightened ones out there. This is often not their fault as they were never taught about it in medical school, in the same way that learning about nutrition probably took up less then a day! What they were taught consists primarily of information from drug companies whose purpose is to sell the synthetic hormones of HRT, for obvious reasons. As I said before, this is a major break through in treating hormonal imbalances and inflammation, especially if combined with organic, healthy, unprocessed foods, good nutritional supplements, enough sleep and regular exercise. This can benefit your overall health and wellbeing physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I will go into this in more detail in my next post.
As a world expert on bio-identical hormone replacement says, “We age because our hormones decline… our hormones don’t decline because we age.”

A woman’s hormonal system, with all its ebbs and flows, like those of the earth’s tides and the moon, acts as an link between your emotional life and your body. Mess with your hormones and you may  undermine your ability to grow spiritually.’