Hormone therapy is used when a patient’s hormones get out of balance. Imbalance can occur throughout one’s life and can be due to diet, stress, anxiety, pregnancy, or peri-menopause/menopause. Hormone imbalance increases as women age, thus the need for a way to rebalance those hormones and allow an onset of the aging process to be more comfortable and manageable.
One way to balance hormones is through hormone therapy. Hormone therapy encompasses all forms of hormones used in association with peri-menopause/menopause symptom treatment, including contraception (previously known as Hormone Replacement Therapy, or HRT).
While most women are familiar with Hormone Therapy, many women are unaware that there is a difference between synthetic/non-endogenous hormone therapy and natural hormone therapy.
Synthetic/non-endogenous hormone therapy means using hormones that are chemically manufactured (synthetic) or not native to a woman’s body (non-endogenous) to boost the loss of hormones associated with the onset of menopause. In our current medical world, non-endogenous hormones are natural hormones, yet they come from horses and therefore are not native hormones within a woman’s body.
Natural hormone therapy, which Dr. Lemley is an expert in, means using natural hormones (from a woman, not from a horse or from a lab) that are bio-identical to the hormones currently existing in a woman’s body to boost the body’s lackluster production of hormones, resulting from the onset of menopause. Natural hormones that can be prescribed by Dr. Lemley include estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, and testosterone.
While hormone therapy is not the only option, patients that choose integrative health care at Bridger Natural Medicine can rest assured that Dr. Lemley has the knowledge and expertise in a variety of perimenopausal and menopausal treatments, one of them being natural hormone therapy.