The thing we need to remember is that women go through various hormone stages in life; 1) young and cycling 2) pregnant, 3) breastfeeding or 4) declining hormones. It’s pretty nice to hang out in that number 1 slot — young and cycling – which seems to replicate that optimal state of hormonal health where women usually feel their best. What this means is that women cycle up to a peak of estrogen and then the body lets it fall and then brings it down again for a second smaller peak. Progesterone peaks on its own rhythm on day 21. Healthy women have a period that lasts for about five days with a heavier flow on day two and three. Therefore, one might easily conclude that bioidentical hormones can only be truly bio-mimetic, if the hormones for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy actually mimic not only those chemically found in the body, but also mimic the natural biological rhthmic process as well, ie on a lunar calendar.
On my other bioidentical regime which consisted of the progesterone only capsule which I took for several years with the same dose every day for half the month, I never had a period. Once I learned about not only bioidentical hormones, but bio-mimetic rhythmic hormone use, it made cyrstal clear sense to me and resonated in that way that we all have when we trust our bodies to tell us what works and what doesn’t. I am not alone in my feelings about this regime as there are some very high profile, famous names, in the bioidentical arena today who have made this method quite famous!
Research is focusing more and more on healthy hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and it suggests that women must cycle their hormones and have a menstrual bleed to be truly safe from cardiovascular events. According to a Danish study, a combined cyclic regimen with monthly bleeding creates a lower cardiovascular risk for women than continuous-combined estrogen/progesterone therapy, which does not cause a menstrual bleed. The study also found that overall there was no increased risk of heart attacks in current users of HRT compared to women who had never taken hormones.
The principal investigator of this research, Dr. Ellen Løkkegaard, is a gynecologist at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark. She said, “The main message is that when hormone therapy is indicated for a woman, then a cyclic combined regimen should be preferred, and that application via the skin or the vagina is associated with a decreased risk of myocardial infarction. “ The observational study, the largest to look at the effects of HRT since the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) trial in 1991, followed 698,098 healthy 51-69 year-old Danish women.
On a recent visit to my doctor, even after reading the books I brought him, he ordered an ultra-sound of my uterus, as he was still worried about how a woman my age could still be having a normal period. He was surprised to see the results concluded I was perfectly normal and doing beautifully.
There is a rhythm to the way hormones work, and it has a beat just like music offers. Pills, gels, drops and static dosing do not honor the bodies beautiful, natural music nor its elegant rhythm. But the Wiley Protocol bio-mimetic, rhythmic, bioidentical hormone therapy does.
When women have enough hormones they feel good, and some even feel better than they did during their entire lives. This is something T.S. Wiley explains in her book “Sex, Lies & Menopause,” Harper Collins, 2003. Her previous book, “Light’s Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival,” Pocket Books, Simon and Shuster, 2000 are both must reads that I recommend every man and woman read sooner than later! “Sex, Lies and Menopause” offers some great resources to find doctors who specialize all over the world in this and other anti-aging therapies. There are even special pharmacies worldwide who compound these protocols and others as well. I am available as a holistic life coach to help and guide both men and women on their anti-aging protocols and often work closely with peoples primary physicians, nutritionally in order to be of support. Its very encouraging when holistic practitioners and traditional medical doctors are all reading from the same sheet music and playing in the same symphony. The patient is truly the winner when this type of cooperation occurs amongst professionals.
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