Angelina Jolie Discusses Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy

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In a recent interview, Angelina Jolie admitted her recent decision to use bio-identical hormones.

She found a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which has been linked to a high likelihood of developing both breast and ovarian cancer. The mutation increases the chances of a woman developing breast cancer by almost 90%, and of ovarian cancer by 50%.

Jolie lost her mother, her grandmother, and an aunt to cancer. Given her family history, and knowing she had the mutated gene, she made the controversial decision two years ago to have a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer.

On the heels of that decision, she has also opted to have her fallopian tubes and ovaries removed to prevent the risk of ovarian cancer. The procedure, known as risk-reducing, or prophylactic oophorectomy, has been shown to considerably lower the chances of getting ovarian cancer in women known to carry the BRCA1 mutation.

Recent breakthroughs in genetic screenings are changing the way patients and their doctors look at preventive medicine, which is one reason Jolie knew she could benefit from bio-identical hormone therapy after her surgery.

How Can Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy help?

In cases such as Jolie’s, Hormone Replacement Therapy, or HRT is required to literally replace the female hormones that will no longer be produced by her removed ovaries. Basically, while the surgery does significantly lower the risk of ovarian cancer in women like Jolie, it also puts them into early menopause. With that comes the full array of the complications of menopause, such as, hot flashes, libido issues, night sweats, and increased risk of bone loss and osteoporosis.

In cases of induced, or natural menopause, bio-identical hormone therapy is still the most effective treatment we have available to combat the most uncomfortable and debilitating symptoms. In Jolie’s case, she is now wearing a patch that delivers bio-identical hormones through her skin. This is currently one of the most common methods for the delivery of bio-identical HRT for the treatment of menopausal symptoms.

It is important to use bio-identical hormones, as these are the exact same compounds – molecule for molecule – as those naturally produced by the body, and therefore are safer and more effective.

Hormone Optimization Therapy for Women

Hormone Replacement Therapy for WomenToday, hormone optimization for women through the use of HRT is very individualized. It starts with an evaluation of your symptoms, and specific blood tests to check your hormone levels. HRT is usually used when women enter menopause, either naturally or due to preventive surgery, as in Jolie’s case. But it is important to note that women of any age may benefit from hormone optimization.

As women age, the production of estrogen and progesterone naturally declines. This decline can cause problems, before, during, and after menopause.

Hormonal decline as you get older, can negatively impact your life, long before you have a problem with the full-blown symptoms of menopause. Fatigue, lack of libido, vaginal dryness, mood swings and foggy thinking, are just some of the issues you may begin to face as early as your mid-30s.

Hormone Optimization can literally “bring you back in balance”, physically and emotionally, and return a sense of youth and vitality to your life!

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