18 August 2014
A case study from Case Western Reserve University shows that many women have turned to hormonal treatments to treat the effects of the menopause.
The findings indicate that this was because many females felt as though conventional doctors did not take their suffering seriously, while they had safety concerns about the side effects from conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Instead, according to the study, many menopausal women are turning to bioidentical, "natural" hormones that were prescribed by their anti-aging doctors, despite a lack of conventional scientific evidence showing that they are safe.
Michael Flatt, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Case Western Reserve University, and Jennifer Fishman, assistant professor at McGill University, conducted the study with Professor Richard Settersten Jr of public health at Oregon State University.
The study wanted to explore why so many were drawn to anti-aging medicine, despite the costs not being covered by medical insurance. Some 25 women who used bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) prescribed by an anti-aging clinician provided in-depth interviews and suggest it is more than about vanity.
Instead, women want to relieve their menopausal symptoms, feel energized and avoid chronic illnesses associated with aging, according to the researchers, and believed that bioidentical hormones would do this.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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