Back in 2020, I found myself in the doctor's office, thinking that I might be pregnant. To my surprise, I found out that I was actually perimenopausal. It was a shock, to say the least. Fast forward a year later, and I found myself with a prescription for Progesterone and Estradiol to manage my symptoms.
However, after some research, I decided that the potential risks and costs outweighed the benefits for me. That's why I chose to manage my symptoms with natural remedies instead.
The risks of hormone therapy concerned me. Hormone therapy increases the risk of developing breast cancer, strokes, and blood clots. As someone with a family history of cancer, this worried me.
Hormone therapy was not a cheap remedy. A 30-day supply of both prescriptions cost over $120, and with perimenopause potentially lasting up to 4 years and menopause symptoms lasting between 7 and 14 years, the cost would add up quickly.
I didn't want to become dependent on drugs, even prescribed ones. I preferred to manage my symptoms naturally, without relying on medications.
I made changes to my diet, started exercising, added supplements and discovered natural ingredients that were effective. While science doesn't always support the effectiveness of natural remedies, I believe that plant power has been around for ages and can be a powerful tool in managing menopausal symptoms.
The decision to use hormone therapy or going the natural route is a personal one. It's important to weigh the pros and cons and have an in-depth conversation with your doctor.
For me, I recommend that everyone educate themselves first and consider natural remedies as an effective option. Speak with your healthcare provider to determine what is best for your situation rather natural or not. Take a proactive approach to managing your symptoms.
Don't let menopause control your life - take control of your health and start feeling your best again! -xoxo Valencia
P.S. Hormone therapy (HT) and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are essentially the same thing. While the terms are often used interchangeably, "HRT" is a more specific term that refers to the use of hormone medications to replace the hormones that the body is no longer producing in sufficient amounts. "HT" is a broader term that can refer to any type of hormone treatment, including the use of medications to supplement the body's natural hormone production. 😉 (The more you know!)