Natural hormone therapy for menopause

Gynecol Endocrinol. 2010 Feb;26(2):81-5. doi: 10.3109/09513590903184134.


Menopausal women are deficient in estrogen, progesterone, and frequently in testosterone and DHEA. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in the United States has generally consisted of one or two agents, typically equine estrogen and medroxyprogesterone, with increased risk of heart attack, stroke, dementia, and breast cancer [WHI trials]. Bio-identical hormones [chemically endogenous hormones] have gained popularity and can be mixed according to physician's orders by compounding pharmacists in the United States. However, there is little published information about the use of such hormones. This paper reports a 12 plus months follow up on 189 patients who were administered natural estrogen plus progesterone with or without DHEA or testosterone according to a rationalized protocol described later. Ninety-seven percent of the patients experienced varying degrees of symptom control, whereas three had minimal or questionable benefit. Mental symptoms experienced upon presentation improved in 90% of the patients. Sixty percent of the patients, who had gained weight during menopause, lost an average of 14.8 lbs [SD 11.98 lbs]. Complications described with traditional HRT did not develop in this group of patients. These findings point out a need for larger controlled trials of similar protocols in the management of menopause.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cognition / drug effects
  • Dehydroepiandrosterone / administration & dosage
  • Estradiol / administration & dosage
  • Estriol / administration & dosage
  • Female
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy / methods*
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy / standards
  • Hot Flashes / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Menopause / drug effects*
  • Menopause / metabolism
  • Middle Aged
  • Progesterone / administration & dosage
  • Testosterone / administration & dosage


  • Testosterone
  • Dehydroepiandrosterone
  • Progesterone
  • Estradiol
  • Estriol