Our doctors are experienced and educated in hormone prescribing for men and for perimenopausal and menopausal women.
We share decades of experience in prescribing hormones from all sources for hundreds of individuals.
"Natural" is so poorly defined in medicine that it is virtually meaningless. Some say Premarin (a pharmaceutical preparation of estrogen made from the urine of pregnant mares) is natural because it comes from a horse.
But is that natural for a human woman? Is it natural for You?
You should schedule an appointment with your doctor or with Dr. Roush to get crystal clear on your best, and safest, solution.
Plant hormones either have no hormonal activity in human metabolism, or have it at about 1/400th to 1/1000th the strength of human hormone. To demonstrate how powerful hormones (and plants for that matter) can be, even at that fraction plant hormones are often enough to help symptoms.
The term "bioidentical" refers not to plant hormone in the raw. Bio-identical hormones are those taken from plants (either soy or one species of wild yam) and acted on with enzymes until they are in-distinguishable from human hormone. The result is a "natural" hormone, but the process does not occur in nature!
At one end of the spectrum conventional practitioners think the pharmaceutical hormones are safer because they are more rigidly manufactured. We have learned to regard most information from drug companies as marketing rather than science. While the goal is always science-based medicine, their science is too often suspect.
At the other end of the spectrum is Suzanne Sommers saying all women should use bioidentical hormones to achieve the levels that are necessary to continue menstruating well into aging. Who wants that?!
An aging actress as a source of science? Not in our clinic.
We sit in the middle. It makes sense that bioidenticals are safer because they follow normal female metabolism. Still we study the conventional and alternative literature to carefully assess the risk of any hormone prescribing.
Then we make the assumption that any hormone from any source has that risk.
Assuming the risk keeps patients safer.
Until your doctor knows more about you and your symptoms and most likely does some simple, non invasive, tests there is no way for us (or any doctor) to recommend any specific solution for your symptoms. We do not have a "One Size Fits all" approach to balancing hormones.
While we do know diet and exercise and overall well being plays a big part helping to balance your hormones, when it comes to considering hormone therapy, the first step is the schedule an appointment with the doctor to discuss your symptoms and most likely do some initial hormone tests. Armed with that information the doctor will be able to advise you on the best treatment and/or therapy for you.
In Dr. Roush's Free 30 Day Guide to Menopause Solutions you will learn healthy habits you can implement yourself from home to balance your hormones naturally and start your journey to symptom relief.