Medical Insights: When to Consider Alternatives to Hormone Therapy

June 6, 2024
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Hormone therapy is a treatment that helps relieve symptoms from hormonal imbalances, namely from menopause. It is commonly used to replace things like estrogen when the body stops producing them because of aging or other issues. However, in some cases, it might be necessary to consider alternatives to hormone therapy.

Hormone therapy comes in many types and can be used to treat menopause, gender transitions, thyroid disorders, and other circumstances. Benefits can include:

  • Relieving perimenopause and menopause symptoms such as vaginal dryness, anxiety, depression, insomnia, hot flashes or night sweats;
  • Preventing osteoporosis is one of the most common issues associated with menopause.
  • Maintaining muscle strength diminishes with menopause, but it boosts energy levels and metabolism and controls weight. 

There are many benefits to hormone therapy, particularly if you are trying to regulate some of the negative side effects of thyroid conditions or menopause, but there might be situations where you consider an alternative.

When to consider alternatives to hormone replacement therapy 

There are several situations where you might consider alternatives to hormone replacement therapy.

  1. Firstly, you might have health concerns or risk factors based on your medical history that make hormone replacement therapy an unsafe treatment option.
  2. Secondly, you might have started hormone therapy and found that there were side effects you didn't like, or you might have been told that because of pre-existing health factors, you might risk severe side effects.
  3. Thirdly, you simply might have a personal preference for natural treatment methods.

Hormone replacement alternatives 

There are a handful of successful alternatives to hormone replacement therapy that might be a better option for you if you have health risks, personal preferences for natural treatment, or are worried about side effects.

Lifestyle and dietary changes

Lifestyle and dietary changes are the most significant alternatives to hormone replacement therapy in terms of their efficacy. What you eat and how often you exercise can have a profound impact on managing hormones that regulate:

  • Sleep
  • Weight gain
  • Mood
  • Pain
  • Appetite
  • And more

Lifestyle recommendations to improve hormonal health naturally center on physical activity. Regular exercise is one of the things that tends to diminish during menopause. Studies have found that women who experience weight gain as a result of menopause or hormone replacement therapy do so in large part because they no longer engage in physical activity.

The food you eat can directly impact your mood and hormone levels, so consider a healthy diet that is well-balanced with whole, natural foods. Our team can help you review any food intolerances you might have so that you can pick a meal plan that is most supportive of your gut health.

Herbal supplements and vitamins

Several vitamin deficiencies can have a direct impact on the bioavailability of things like estrogen, as well as the health of your skin, metabolism, and more. Herbal supplements and vitamins can help balance your hormones in many different ways. For example, some herbal supplements and vitamins promote balanced hormone production of progesterone in the pituitary gland, which can help regulate fertility and menstruation as well as menopausal symptoms. 

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)

Traditional Chinese medicine relies on the same medicinal properties behind many Western pharmacological Solutions but with natural teas, tinctures, and other remedies. Acupuncture can stimulate the release of things like endorphins and reduce hormonal imbalances that are the result of stress. Several studies have indicated that acupuncture also increases things like estrogen and progesterone, which means it's a natural way to balance your hormone panel. 

Bioidentical hormones

Another hormone replacement alternative Is bioidentical hormones. This is something we can help you diagnose with our hormonal imbalance diagnosis. Bioidentical hormones are an alternative to traditional hormone therapy that is chemically identical to what your body produces. 

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be used to ease menopausal or perimenopausal symptoms. The lab-produced hormones come from natural plant-based sources, and the most commonly replicated hormones include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. 

Mind-body practices

Cortisol is a stress hormone that can affect many functions within your body, especially the severity of hormonal symptoms. With mind-body practices, you can better control your resting cortisol levels and, by extension, enjoy an alternative to hormone therapy.

These include:

  1. Stress management
  2. Meditation
  3. Yoga 

Many of these practices complement other treatments and can serve as standalone alternatives. But in general, meditation or yoga are complementary to healthy diets and acupuncture or traditional Chinese medicine. Stress management, meditation, and yoga all lend themselves to increased mindfulness, which helps you be aware of your thoughts and the physical signs in your body, which might include indicators of stress or hormonal imbalances, changes that you need to make to your lifestyle, physical activity, or diet.

When to explore hormone replacement alternatives

As mentioned, there are several situations where you might want to explore hormone replacement alternatives, especially if you have health risks that preclude you from using hormone replacement therapy or you simply want a natural and healthier alternative.

You can choose hormone replacement alternatives prior to investigating hormone replacement therapy, or you can switch, even if you are already undergoing hormone replacement therapy, to alternatives.

No matter the reason for exploring alternatives, it's important to consult with healthcare professionals before making changes to your treatment plan.

Yutopia’s hormonal replacement therapy

Yutopia offers hormonal replacement therapy, which is a safe and preferred option. Known as Bio-Identical Hormone therapy (bHRT), our therapy works to restore and optimize your body's hormone levels by using hormones identical to those made naturally. This can help offset the side effects of aging, menopause, or other Medical issues.

  1. When you contact our team, we will start with a consultation to learn about YU, your goals, and your expectations.
  2. After that, we will have you complete an advanced test panel for hormones so that we know how to customize your treatment plan.
  3. Treatment will include optimized nutritional plans to help control your hormone levels, limiting your exposure to hormone disruptors, and utilizing tailor-made bioidentical hormone formulas based on your test results.

With our treatment, you can enjoy benefits like:

  • Weight loss
  • Skin elasticity and glow
  • Increased energy levels
  • Restored sexual drive and libido
  • Increased lean muscle mass and decreased body fat
  • Better cognitive and memory function
  • Increased vitality and tolerance to stress
  • Improved bone and joint health
  • Restored immune function

We work hard to get to know you, determine whether this treatment is best for you, and guide you through the process. With a consultation, we can help you review alternatives to hormone replacement therapy and consider utilizing more than one service, such as testing for your hormone panel, hormonal replacement therapy, vitamin treatment, and nutritional plans. 

Summing Up

Overall, there are several hormone replacement alternatives and several reasons why you might need an alternative to hormone therapy. With our team we can review your needs, your goals, and your hormonal panel to customize a solution that works best. Always consult with your doctor before you change your treatment approach or consider a new treatment. And remember, it all starts with Yu.

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