Dr. Helene Leonetti responds to questions and comments from readers about bioidentical hormones, progesterone cream, Dr. John Lee, thyroid, the effects of getting tubes tied and more…
Over the past few years controversy has erupted over the risk of developing breast cancer with estriol therapy. A study from Sweden (Rosenberg et al, 2006) suggests that estriol can increase risk of lobular carcinoma when used for five years or less, and decrease the risk when used for more than five years. Unlike estriol however, oral estradiol and progestins continue to increase risk after five years. The results of this study may appear to be confusing, but can be explained by the differences in cancer initiation and cancer promotion by different types of estrogen.
Q: My doctor has me taking natural progesterone sublingual pills—twice a day because she says the progesterone cream can build up under the skin. What do you say to that?
A handy hormone guide from a physician who answers these questions every day!
Ever since Oprah, Dr. Phil’s wife, and Suzanne Sommers have opened the door onto natural hormone replacement therapy, patients have lined up, dropping even from moonbeams for the coveted nectar to balance our hormones, make us sex goddesses, and turn us into youthful vixens.
May I remind you that I have been using natural hormones (recently dubbed ‘bioidentical’ hormones) for 18 years.
Although sex drive or libido in women is multi-faceted, it’s often closely tied to testosterone levels, and a new review study from researchers at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, published in the journal Maturitas, shows that testosterone replacement can bring many health benefits and few risks….