How To Get Off Synthetic Hormones And Change To Bio-identical HRT

1st Month:

Start your natural progesterone and estriol hormone cream. Take your synthetic estrogen pill (Premarin, Estrace, etc.) every other day, or cut estrogen patch in half. If you are one of those women who are taking a separate synthetic progestin such as Provera, you may drop it completely and immediately.

2nd Month:

Use your natural hormone cream. Take your synthetic estrogen pill (Premarin, Estrace, etc.) every third day, or cut estrogen patch in quarters (hold patch in place with paper tape if you need to.)

3rd Month:

Use your natural hormone cream. Take your synthetic estrogen pill (Premarin, Estrace, etc.) every fourth day. Go totally off estrogen patch.

4th Month:

Continue your natural hormone cream. Off all synthetic hormones.  Follow usage guidelines at the Quick Guide for using Natural Creams.

Possible Protocols:

NATURAL PROGESTERONE CREAM for women and men-(Delivers 20 mg Progesterone/use)

If Having Periods: Use Days 12 through 26 of cycle (1st day of period=Day 1)

Use ¼  tsp, 1-2x daily, for 2 weeks (days 12 through 26), rotating application sites.

If NOT Having Periods:  Use 25 days of a month, taking 5 days off.  (most take either first OR last 5 days of a month off just for ease of remembering)

Use ¼ tsp, 1-2x daily, rotating application sites.

Whether you are having periods or not determines HOW and WHEN you use hormone creams.  No exceptions.

NATURAL ESTRIOL E3 ESTROGEN CREAM  (Estriol 0.5-1.0 mg/application use) for Women with known low Estradiol or Estrogen levels

Use full pump compression (1.0 mg) 3-4x/wk, or as needed.  Some use ½ pump (0.5 mg) daily.  Some less, Some use more.  Listen to your body.

IMPORTANT: Use with Progesterone Cream. Do not use without progesterone!

Remember: Progesterone maintains a cell’s estrogen receptor sensitivity.

(Take breaks at same time as progesterone breaks, 5 days/mo.)

DHEA Pregnenolone, Progesterone Cream–Testosterone Boost Gel used for long term and corrective results! Women need less than men.

Formula containing natural hormones which convert to testosterone. Use ¼ tsp once daily as needed, rotating sites. Women use ½ the amount for men or 1/8 tsp.

Other Tips:

Women should taper off  ERT or HRT because the body has become accustomed to the very high levels of hormone supplementation and going “cold turkey” can cause resumption of symptoms.

Go from one estrogen (Premarin) tablet a day to one every other day for a month, then twice weekly for another month, and then, once a week for 2-3 weeks before stopping.

Progestins (Provera) can be stopped immediately without effect… supplement with a Progesterone and Estriol Cream immediately.

Prempro (estrogen and progestins) weaning and tapering off is also best done gradually and these women usually do best taking a natural progesterone AND a natural Estriol cream.

To taper off the combo estrogen-progestin or estrogen patch, cut patches in half, tape the edges and continue using it that way for a month, then cut patches into quarters for another month, and even eighths if symptoms warrant.  Hold patches on with tape at the edges.

Begin natural hormone creams even before you begin to taper off health care provider’s order HRT drugs.

If you not having symptoms as you taper off, you can speed up the process by accelerating your schedule.  No symptoms mean you can even stop abruptly.  Listen to your body.

Some women do well with isoflavones and estrogenic herbal plants, like soy, black cohosh, licorice, red clover, dong quai, etc..  Some get more symptoms.  Again listen to your body.

Give yourself time.  This gradual weaning process should help prevent the resumption of hot flashes or vaginal dryness. However, hot flashes sometimes do reoccur. Do not give up. Hot flashes are very annoying, but no one ever died from one.  Menopause is a normal process of life.  More women have died from the treatment of menopause than from hot flashes and vaginal dryness.  Synthetic hormones, on the other hand, can cause a variety of life-threatening conditions.

If you are still in menopause, your symptoms may resume. If you are past menopause, you may experience hot flashes, night sweats, or mood changes. If they occur, do not taper your regimen any further until they subside.

Vaginal dryness may return within two to three months. Women should use Estriol Cream vaginally and this will completely disappear.

Natural hormone cream supplementation of Estriol and Progesterone Creams speeds up the process and some have been able to totally HRT drugs in 2-3 weeks.

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