The most common hormone replacement therapies stick to a static, standard dosing from day to day and month to month. But the latest advancement in hormone replacement therapy is rhythmic cycling, which changes the dosing of hormones from day to day to better mirror the body’s natural hormonal cycles. This method often keeps the menstrual cycle going (or restarts it anew) for women who are perimenopausal or postmenopausal.
You might be looking at that last sentence, thinking, “What? Reactivate my period?!” Yes. You read correctly. According to most doctors I’ve interviewed, it’s absolutely crucial to replicate nature. When we go against nature, we get into trouble. Reactivating our menstrual cycle is replicating nature; that’s right — unless, of course, you view aging as the only natural way of going through life! If you want to continue feeling young and healthy — and we have the technology and intelligence to do that — doesn’t it make sense that we’d need our bodies to be operating in the same manner as they always have?
To follow this type of hormone-replacement regime, you’d need varying doses of hormones for each day of the month and a calendar to help you keep track of how large a dose to take on any given day. (The hormone is often given in cream form and simply applied to the skin.) For women, it would replace the estrogen and progesterone levels that often drop as they reach menopause; for men, it would improve the levels of DHEA and testosterone.
Rhythmic hormone replacement tends to work especially well for women who have reached or already passed menopause, while the more traditional static dosing may be a better choice for younger women who simply need hormone replacement to achieve optimal levels. You may want to try both methods of hormone replacement to determine which one will give you the best results.
The most important piece of advice I can give you is to work with a qualified expert in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Then use your body as a guide. If you are feeling emotionally stable, dropping weight, increasing your sex drive, and sleeping better, you are on the right path. If you are struggling with those issues, you may need to tweak your protocol. It's not magic — it takes some time to find just the right amounts for you, but oh, when you do…it's worth it!