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What Is a Natural Estrogen Hormone Replacement?

by Katiana Zimmerman
  • Overview

    Women going through menopause often seek hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with natural estrogen to relieve their symptoms. Women may choose natural or synthetic hormones, depending on their needs and preferences.
  • Meaning

    Natural estrogen, also known as bio-identical estrogen, is chemically equal to the estrogen your body produces. Estrone (E1), estradiol (E2) and estriol (E3) are the three types of estrogen used in natural estrogen hormone replacement.
 
  • Symptoms

    Women take natural estrogen to alleviate symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, irritability and fatigue.
  • Treatment

    Your doctor may prescribe natural estrogen as treatment for symptoms of menopause. A compounding pharmacist will prepare the prescribed combination of natural estrogens.
  • Tips

    Take HRT for the shortest possible time and at the lowest effective dose to prevent associated risks.
  • Warning

    Natural estrogen, while an excellent treatment for symptoms of menopause, is associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart disease and breast cancer. See your physician for the treatment program that best fits your needs.

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