There has been controversy on the topic of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for the last 15 years. Negative attitudes have drastically dominated the media since 2002. Combined with the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study that was halted three years ago because of health risks, the controversy has caused confusion for women trying to make informed decisions about their health.

Let’s shed a little light on the confusion. First, the WHI study and the subsequent media reports about HRT are based on Commercial Conventional HRT only. The reports are based on findings about the combed use of conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone (called PremPro). Thus, when you hear about HRT in the news, this is what is being referring to.

There are alternatives. Over-the-counter, there are products containing phytoestrogens, and topical products containing low-dose progesterone. These will provide temporary relief of PMS, perimenopausal, and menopausal symptoms. Long-term benefits and improved health can be achieved through Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, a prescription alternative.