In the last couple of years, newsstories surrounding hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have brought to light just how risky it can be. The best-known pharmaceuticals in this category are Premarin and Premplus. Premarin contains the equine estrogen hormone, which is extracted from pregnant mare urine. Premplus is similar, but also contains progestin in a single medication.
As of 2013, U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer had paid $1.7 billion USD to settle almost all 10,000 lawsuits the company had received over HRT drugs. The settlements claimed the drugs had contributed to breast cancer, ovarian cancer, stroke, and heart disease. In 2004, a Canadian lawsuit was filed by Dianna Stanway, claiming that Premarin and progestin had caused breast cancer. Hundreds more joined the suit, and in 2015, Wyeth Canada (a subsidiary of Pfizer) paid out $13 million to the victims. After 2004, Health Canada changed the warnings for the product to include side effects such as coronary heart disease, gynecologic cancers, breast cancer and dementia.
For many women, the risks outweigh any benefit. In 2002, almost 18 per cent of Canadian women aged 50-69 were taking the drugs; by 2004, after the U.S. government-funded Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) results were published, that rate had dropped to less than five per cent.
While many may feel stuck between harmful pharmaceuticals and the harsh realities of non-medicated menopause, natural alternatives are available. Doctor's Choice Progest Liposome Cream is an excellent option to help balance the female hormones during the different phases of the cycles of life, from menstruation to menopause. With non-GMO soy isoflavones, clover leaf extract, and chastetree berry, Progest Liposome Cream is a great alternative for natural hormone balance. For those who prefer capsules to creams, our Balanced Female capsules contain these ingredients, plus many more, such as black cohosh root, false licorice root, and dong quai root. For maximum efficacy, we recommend using both products.
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