The traditional method of treating symptoms associated with hormone deficiency includes anti-depressants and synthetic hormones (which might include Provera, Premarin, Evista, Activella, and/or oral contraceptives) in the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time. Many providers are almost hesitant to prescribe hormone therapy. Yet, these providers are failing to make a very important distinction between synthetic hormones and Bio-identical Hormones.
Traditional hormone therapy included the use of synthetic hormones, which have a different molecular structure than natural hormones. Although they have proven to relieve vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness), traditional hormone therapy doesn’t have the ability to relieve all the symptoms that can be caused by hormone deficiencies. In addition, according to the Women’s Health Initiative that was published in 2003, Prempro and Provera were found to carry increased risks of breast cancer, heart attack, and stroke. These foreign hormones can be harmful since the molecular structure is not identical to a woman’s natural hormones and is not metabolized by her body in the same manner.