hrtEver since the invention of synthetic hormones for contraception, hormone therapy has been the go-to treatment option for the medical community. But is it the best option and are we doing more damage than good?

Modern medicine has developed as a supply and demand model. People demand fast results, so pharmaceutical companies develop fast treatment options with little consideration for the totality of the human form.

Hormone therapy and hormonal contraceptives fit squarely into this model. I cannot blame the medical profession because it is the consumer that has demanded this model, but there are deeper issues that need to be considered and I spend a large bulk of my time dealing with the secondary consequences of hormonal therapy and trying to educate women why they are suffering as a result.

Contraception aside, the fundamental concept of treating hormonal imbalances with hormones is flawed. It is impossible due to the fact that hormones literally shift hourly.

“What will your body do when you add a hormone into the system?”

Well the answer is that it automatically reduces the production of its own hormone levels which compounds the existing problem.

Now for menopause your body does not stop producing hormones completely. There is a transition period where your body needs to start producing hormones itself via the adrenals and also still from your ovaries. By adding hormones into the system “natural or not” you stop this process.

For younger women you need the natural production of your own hormones to be in balance and the blanket dosing of hormones via the pill or other hormonal contraceptives switches your own innate production off.

Now this may improve your symptoms or even stop the natural process of menstruation however the underlying imbalance continues. There is a saying that you cannot stop a river flowing. It’s the same for your endocrine system and if the symptoms are suppressed the effect will resurface elsewhere often in a more sinister and chronic manner.

These symptoms maybe like weight gain (there is a reason farmers gave hormones to cattle) foggy brain, irritability, mood swings, libido changes, thyroid issues, fatigue, endometriosis, PCOS, fibroids and the list goes on.

For women who already have an issue with hormone metabolism, and most chronic hormonal imbalances this is the case, synthetic or natural hormone replacement are literally a poison to the body. Women who have always had painful periods from the start of menstruation may be able to relate to this as the first point of treatment is often the pill. These women react poorly to the pill and symptoms often get worse. After many attempts with different options and symptoms only getting worse often these ladies end up with hysterectomies.

This is particularly common in women with endometriosis and PCOS who simply cannot metabolise hormones via the liver and GUT. Often there is a genetic predisposition for these women.

I realise this is radically different from the mainstream school of thought but from years of balancing women properly I know there is a better way for overall health and wellbeing. For a very small percentage of women this may be the best option however for the bulk of ladies you should investigate other options.

Instead of trying to suppress hormonal related symptoms it is far more successful to balance the hormone control centre in the brain. The hypothalamus/pituitary axis if you want the exact term. Only herbal medicines which are adaptogenic can achieve this result. Black cohosh, Chaste Tree and Sage (all contained in Happy Hormones) are the 3 most effective herbal medicines to achieve this. They do not increase or decrease hormones directly. This is a misconception created by people who don’t understand how the endocrine system works or how these herbal medicines act.

They are called adaptogenic herbs because whatever the hormonal imbalance they correct it by balancing the hormone control centre, not influencing hormones directly. Many people just can’t comprehend this concept because it is so foreign an idea when you are used to trying to correct hormonal imbalances by prescribing hormones. But it’s a much smarter and sophisticated way to manage hormonal imbalances and avoids all the side effects which go with hormonal prescriptions.

The other important part of correcting hormonal imbalances is to look at the core issue that caused the imbalance in the first instant. Hormone metabolism. When your hormones are not metabolised correctly then the hormones recirculate in the body causing the control centre in the brain to become confused in its own production. Then adding synthetic hormones on top of this issues totally disrupts the body’s own ability to regulate hormones.

So we need to go back to the liver and GUT to improve this functionality to allow the body to effectively excrete hormone levels. Once this occurs and you remove synthetic hormones, the body will balance itself naturally with the help of diet, lifestyle and Happy Hormones which accelerates this balancing process.

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About Jeff Butterworth:

Jeff Butterworth B.App. Sc, N.D is a Naturopath with over 20 years experience specialising in treating hormonal disorders. Jeff developed the Happy Hormones program after discovering a unique way of treating hormonal disorders - by focusing on endocrine balance rather than hormonal levels - which gives long-lasting and dramatic results.