NATURAL REMEDIES, LIFESTYLE & PRESCRIPTION
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- I found some wild yam crème at the health food store can I just take this?
- Will it help if I just eat more wild yams?
- I feel like I need help right away, how quickly can I get started on hormones?
- Are HIHS/BHRT hormones expensive?
- How are the hormones administered? How often?
- How long do I need to take it?
- Do I need to change my diet?
- What other supplements should I take with the HIHS/BHRT?NATURAL REMEDIES, & LIFESTYLE :
I found some wild yam crème at the health food store can I just take this?
The wild yam crème that is often sold in health food stores contains wild yam which is a plant that contains diosgenin, which in the laboratory is used to make hormones like estrogen and dehydroepandrosterone ( DHEA).(1) Wild yam is suggested to have some phytoprogesterone, phytoestrogen, and phytoDHEA activity, meaning that it has some weak “progesterone, estrogen and DHEA like” activity, but there is no scientific evidence that suggest it can be converted into the active hormones progesterone, estrogen or DHEA in the body. (1)(2)(3)(4 )This conversion can only take place in a laboratory. In some wild yam crème’s progesterone is added and thus can have some pharmacologic effects. It is recommended to work with a hormone doctor and health team that can properly assess, dose, titrate and continue to monitor your health and hormones optimally.
(1) Fugh-Berman, A. Wild yam cream, diosgenin, and natural progesterone: What can they really do for you? National Women’s Health Network. The Network News, January 1, 1999
(2)Bown, D, New Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses, New York, NY:DK Publishing Inc; 2001
(3) Foster S, Duke J. A. A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants: Eastern and Central North America, Boston, MA, Houghton Mifflin, 1990
(4) Fugh-Berman, A. “Bust-enhancing” herbal products, Obstet Gynecol, 2003: 1001:1345-1349
(5) Komesaroff P.A., Black CV, Cable V Sudhir, K. Effects of wild yam extract on menopausal symptoms, lipids and sex hormones in healthy menopausal women, Climacteric, 2001, 4: 144-50
Will it help if I just eat more wild yams?
If you are asking this question, you may have watched one too many episodes of “Sex in the City” watching Samantha take her “hormones” to alleviate her hot flashes by eating wild yams for breakfast, because her bio-identical ones were confiscated by customs as “drugs”, despite her insistence that they were merely “bioidentical and extracted from yams”, while traveling. Wild yams however, do not contain the hormones estrogen, progesterone or DHEA, but a precursor diosgenin. Wild yams thus have some estrogen, progesterone and DHEA “like” activity, which is very weak as compared to the human hormone counterparts but not in significant amounts to have a therapeutic effect. In addition, although there are over 6000 different varieties of wild yam, only 12 of the 6000 are considered not too bitter and are edible. It’s also important to note that we don’t have enough research to suggest that excess amounts are safe to use during pregnancy, breast feeding , for hormone sensitive conditions like breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis or uterine fibroids and or anyone with a Protein S deficiency. People with protein S deficiency have an increased risk of forming clots. There is some concern that wild yam might increase the risk of clot formation in these people because it might act like estrogen. Thus if you have any of the above , it’s best to avoid using wild yam until more is known.
I feel like I need help right away, how quickly can I get started on hormones?
We can help you schedule your New Patient appointment , to fit your schedule quite quickly. It is important to prepare the body and ensure that simple things that impact your hormones are taken care of as well, to get optimum benefit from Human Identical Hormone Support (HIHS)/ Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. ( BHRT)
Are HIHS/BHRT hormones expensive?
The cost of your therapy depends on your individual needs, form used and number of hormones that are required to be balanced. Commonly the compounded prescription costs may range from $50-$100/month. Some people also ask if custom compounding hormones is more expensive than FDA approved options. Custom compounded medications are equal in cost and in some cases less than FDA approved standard formulations. Occasionally custom compounding can be more expensive when formulations are lengthy or ingredient costs are high. In every situation it is important to weight the investment with the benefits, if you have any concerns please feel free to discuss this with your hormone doctor.
How are the hormones administered? How often?
You and your hormone doctor will decide the best form of hormones to use. Hormones are self-administered daily (once or twice per day) or a few times per week via transdermal creams, oral capsules, or subcutaneous injections.
How long do I need to take it?
It is an individual’s choice how long one uses hormone support. Both you and your hormone doctor can decide what is right for you. Ideally the hormone support is used to continue supporting the natural decline in hormone levels with the aging process.
Do I need to take the hormones forever?
Not necessarily, it depends on how well your body responds to Human Identical Hormone Support ( HIHS)/Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). For optimal hormone function it is important for you to manage your diet, sleep patterns, exercise, and stress levels. We will address these issues as part of your treatment plan.
Some patients can wean off various hormones once they become balanced and have fewer symptoms of menopause or andropause. There are also patients who can wean off adrenal and thyroid support once their adrenals or thyroid glands have healed. There is no single answer for everyone, it depends on your individual hormone stability and how well your diet and lifestyle will support everything else.
What happens if I stop the program?
In general, supplementation by exogenous (external) hormones will result in decreased endogenous (internal) production. However, the body tends to restore hormones to pre-treatment levels after treatment is stopped. If your own hormone production was low before treatment, it will most likely return to the same levels after treatment. As a result, most of the physical changes enabled by the program will gradually revert back to “normal”.
Do I need to change my diet?
Bio-identical hormones do have an impact on your health on their own, however this effect will be amplified if you are eating well. The team at Revivelife™ will help to assist you in finding the right lifestyle changes including nutrition. Certain foods can help support the digestive system, the liver and hormone production which are all needed to function optimally for the best hormone balancing results.
What other supplements should I take with the HIHS/BHRT?
Your Revivelife™ team will help to determine if nutrient deficiencies exist, organ weakness including the adrenal gland or other supplement needs to compliment your Human Identical Hormone Support or Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. The professionals at Revivelife™ recommend high quality supplements that give you optimal bio-availability.
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