What Dr Erika Schwartz doesn’t know about hormones isn’t worth knowing – she is the author of The Hormone Solution, a devotee of bio-identical hormones and is on many a hotlister’s speed dial (Trinny Woodhall is effusive in her praise). Based in New York she regularly holds clinics in London.
What happens to our hormones in perimenopause and menopause?
YOUR SEX HORMONES, ESTROGEN, PROGESTERONE AND TESTOSTERONE ALONG WITH THYROID AND ADRENAL TAKE A NOSEDIVE AND LEAVE US DEPLETED AND PRECIPITATE THE AGING PROCESS THAT MAY LEAD TO CHRONIC ILLNESSES.
How can Bio Identical hormones help?
BY REPLENISHING THE DIMINISHED OR VANISHING HORMONES, BIOIDENTICALS (HUMAN IDENTICAL- LOOK JUST LIKE OUR OWN HORMONES) OUR BODIES RECOGNIZE THE HORMONES AS THEIR OWN AND USE THEM TO FUNCTION AT SAME LEVELS OF EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS AS WHEN WE WERE IN OUR 30S WHEN THESE HORMONES WERE IN ABUNDANCE AND IN BALANCE.
How do you know if you need them?
YOU START FEELING TIRED, HAVE HOT FLUSHES, NIGHT SWEATS, INSOMNIA, IRRITABILITY, PALPITATIONS, ANXIETY, WEIGHT GAIN, ALLERGIES, FOOD INTOLERANCES, LOSS OF LIBIDO. TOO MANY WOMEN AND THEIR DOCTORS DON’T THINK HORMONES ARE THE CULPRITS SO YOU MAY BE BOUNCED AROUND AND BE SUBJECTED TO NUMEROUS TESTS AND SPECULATIVE DIAGNOSIS WHEN IN FACT THE FIRST THING TO THINK ABOUT IF YOU ARE OVER 45 IS HORMONES.
How can you feel healthy well and still look at your best physically – with great skin and hair – as you go through your fifties?
EASY. BALANCE YOUR HORMONES BY WORKING WITH A PHYSICIAN WHO UNDERSTANDS THEIR IMPORTANCE AND ROLE IN YOUR WELLBEING. ONCE YOUR HORMONES ARE IN BALANCE AGAIN YOU WILL FEEL YOURSELF AGAIN. USE THAT MOMENT TO IMPROVE YOUR DIET, EXERCISE REGULARLY, GET 7-8 HOURS OF SLEEP EVERY NIGHT, MANAGE STRESS BETTER BY REMOVING NEGATIVITY FROM YOUR LIFE AND TAKE SUPPLEMENTS SPECIFICALLY TO IMPROVE ENERGY PRODUCTION, BOOST IMMUNE FUNCTION AND DECREASE INFLAMMATION. AND ABOVE ALL, BECOME A CONTRIBUTOR IN YOUR LIFE.
Can sex and your libido actually get better after the menopause?
IF YOU BALANCE YOUR HORMONES AND ARE IN AN EXCITING RELATIONSHIP, SEX WILL BE BETTER BECAUSE YOU HAVE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE AND LEVEL OF SELF AWARENESS AND COMFORT WITH YOUR BODY.
Night sweats, migraines, weight gain – what is your specific approach?
INDIVIDUALIZED HORMONE SUPPLEMENTATION, EVALUATION OF YOUR ENTIRE LIFESTYLES, DIET, EXERCISE, SLEEP AND OTHER STRESSORS.
Can your fifties actually be the best time of your life in your view?
UNEQUIVOCALLY YES. YOU ARE ABLE TO FOCUS ON THE BIGGER PICTURE AND IF YOU FEEL GREAT YOU ARE LESS REACTIVE AND MORE PROACTIVE, MORE INTENTIONAL IN YOUR ACTIONS AND YOUR LIFE EXPERIENCES GET BETTER AND BETTER.
WHAT DO BIO IDENTICAL HORMONES DO?
Bio-identicals are derived from plants: the oestrogen comes from soy and yam oils ; the progesterone from yams(remember Samantha in Sex & the City applying them in the office!).
Bio-Identical hormones, also known as ‘natural’ hormones, are a form of HRT used mainly to alleviate the symptoms of the menopause.
They work by boosting levels of hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone, which decline as we age.
They have the same chemical structure as human hormones, which is why they are called bio-identical.
According to Dr Erika Schwartz, this means they are gentler and safer to use. However, others say more evidence is needed.
There are two types of bio-identical products available in Britain. Some are made by drug companies and provide a standard dose; these can be prescribed by your GP. You can also get prescriptions for bio-identical products that are mixed specially for you by so-called ‘compounding’ pharmacies. These are available only via a private doctor or clinic.
Critics suggest ‘compounded’ hormones are expensive and unnecessary.
The oestrogen used in most conventional hormone replacement therapy is derived from pregnant mares’ urine; the progesterone is created in a laboratory.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Erika Schwartz, MD
Evolved Science – New York
724 Fifth Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10019
t: 212-873-3420 / f: 212-937-2279