Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD
Do you need your hormones ‘balanced?’ Some alternative doctors are promoting hormone cocktails to cure what ails you, and if you think nothing ails you, well, maybe that’s just your haywire hormones talking.
Amidst the large and sometimes confusing variety of hormone replacement therapy options, “natural” hormones have been growing in both visibility and popularity. Creams containing wild yam extracts or natural progesterone, or oral natural progesterone preparations are emerging as the HRT option of choice for some women. What are these products, and what is known about their safety and efficacy?