Are there side effects to natural hormonal replacement therapy?

Note that natural (a word that includes so-called bioidentical) hormone replacement therapy has not proven to be more effective or safer than FDA-approved hormone replacement therapy drugs. But there are serious side effects to hormonal replacement therapy that you and your doctor should consider before making treatment decisions. Women who use hormonal replacement therapy are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer and heart disease. They can also have serious health risks like strokes. However, there are many benefits of hormone replacement therapy as treatment for oligomenorrhea, menopause, and prevention for osteoporosis.

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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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