Suzanne Somers Bioidentical Hormones – Good for You Or Not?

by Laura Ramirez on July 21, 2011

Suzanne Somer’s bioidentical hormones pitch should be taken for what it really is: a simple recommendation based on one woman’s experience. And while this woman happens to be a celebrity “with yellow hair” (as she once described herself), she is definitely not a doctor, and more specifically, not an endocrinologist who specializes in all the subtlties created by changing hormone levels in a menopausal woman.

Even though her books are written with great authority and she does call upon and even interview some doctors, be careful of taking medical advice when it’s not coming from someone who is not an expert familiar with your medical history and genetic tendencies.ᅠ

Although bioidentical hormone therapy works great for some women, natural remedies and even drug-based therapies like synthetic hormone replacement works for others. My point is that just like you shouldn’t let Oprah Winfrey tell you how to define yourself as a woman, you shouldn’t necessarily take medical advice from Suzanne Somers.

Suzanne Somers is a perfect example as she hypes “bioidentical hormones” that supposedly are the solution to menopausal side effects. Touting her daily routine on high-profile shows, Somers talks about taking upward of 60 pills per day, vaginal injections and rubbing estrogen/progesterone creams.

The problems with estrogen/progesterone-based drugs seen in major studies for increased risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease were for high-dose estrogens, not low dose (Menopause 2007). Topical estrogens have been available for years (such as Estrasorb) and seem to be effective, although topical progestin seems to not have a basis for use and may cause side effects

Since the FDA has issued a warning about using any external estrogens, plant-based or not, SuzanneᅠSomer’s bioidentical hormones recommendation should be heeded with great caution, if at all. Excess estrogen, no matter what its form can cause water retention and thrombosis. Remember that before synthetic hormone therapy was created in the 1940’s, women used herbs or nothing at all.

Way back in 1995, Prevention Magazine reported that the best way to relieve menopause symptoms and stop the progression of associated diseases like osteoporosis was exercise. Exercise strengthens bones, increases muscle mass, burns fat, lifts mood, improves heart function and regulates estrogen production.ᅠ

So maybe during the time of life when we are most inclined to sit in our rumps, is really intended for a time to moving more and getting even more engaged with life and the world around us.

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