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So many women on hormonal replacement therapy enquire about alternatives. Why? Most of them suffer drug side effects such as painful breasts, weight gain, water retention, nausea, bloatedness, headaches, to name but a few. Obviously the side effects to the hormonal replacement therapy drugs will prompt them to want natural medication with no side effects. That is one possibility. They confide that they know instinctively that the ongoing use of a drug to elevate their oestrogen level, unnaturally high for their age, just does not feel right. They are caught between the pull of the benefits of oestrogen replacement and the innate knowledge that the drug also has its side effects, of which breast cancer is their greatest worry. Women who have not had a hysterectomy can also develop a thickening of the uterine wall with possibilities of malignancy setting in there as well. The benefits of oestrogen therapy relate to prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, as well as prevention from possible heart attacks, as post-menopausal women are more susceptible to cardiac disorders. The prospect of brittle bones, ageing and cardiac disorders is often the deciding factor in why women will choose to go onto the drug. Taking the drug for these purposes does not leave the consumer free of the fear of potential malignancies. They go for regular checkups to reassure themselves. It is kind of like living with a sword hanging above their heads for many of these regular HRT users.
Why do they keep on using the drug? In most instances the fear of not being on the drug and possibly developing osteoporosis is as great as the fear of developing cancer while on the drug. Depending on their level of trust in the medical system, they believe that all is fine as long as they are assured by the numerous articles in favour of HRT, which regularly appear in magazines or in radio talk shows. It is true that many women feel very well while taking the drug. They are not the ones who question and look for alternatives. Those who are concerned with the long term side effects keep feeling uneasy and wish there was another way.