Why Getting the correct name matters

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How the definition of “natural” hormones has led to confusion in the media and elsewhere -. Personally by Dr. Tony Coope


in my previous articles I touched the problem of how to distinguish truth from distortion in the vast ocean of health information that is already available to us. Anyone with experience in medicine knows that truth today may become tomorrow false (or vice versa). It can be changed by a new fundamental finding a compelling piece of research, a re-evaluation of the available information, the dictates of apparent medical fashion, or even a concentrated disinformation campaign by some stakeholders.

If we have the same chance of getting to the truth, we have to be very precise in the terms and definitions to be used in the description of our subject. Medicine is usually very good at this part, but for various reasons there are discrepancies in how different disciplines think and speak of hormones in women’s health, which can of course only lead to confusion and uncertainty among patients, and even their doctors. Not just the accumulation of knowledge but on the development of judgment, discrimination and wisdom.

So the language we use and how we think about one thing is vital to accurate communication of ideas. In the field of hormones, there are two areas of confusion that appear to arise again and again. The first is relatively simple to lay to rest, but the second is really important and subject to misunderstanding that still influences doctors and health writers with unnecessary consequences for the health of their patients and readers.

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What bioidentical really mean?

The first is to do with whether the ‘bio-identical’ progesterone is the same as the “natural” progesterone. The simple answer is “yes” because this is the way it has been used natural word, being easier to bio-identical alternative. However, “natural” has a much less specific meaning. It can rightly in this context can be considered as means, with the implication being good for you “natural to the human body of nature ‘and therefore bio-identical O in the sense.'”; however, many things are natural in this way (hawthorn berries, certain species of fungi, for example), but certainly not recommend it to anyone who include them in your diet!

Premarin (prepared from the urine of pregnant mares), is a form commonly prescribed HRT and containing a mixture of estrogen, can be said to be natural, but not natural to humans horses. To complicate matters, just over half of estrogens in Premarin is estrone and natural for women, especially during pregnancy, the rest are mainly ‘equilins’, horse estrogens the exact effects of which on the human body they are still under discussion.

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The importance of hormones being “bio-identical”, ie a molecular structure identical to the hormone equivalent found in the human body, it is of utmost importance, since the hormone is “natural”, synthetic or even a mixture of the two. An example of the latter is the hormone we know as natural progesterone, which is actually derived from natural plant sources such as soy or wild yam, but altered in the laboratory to meet human molecule. Therefore, although it can be said to be both natural and synthetic, the important thing is that it is definitely bio-identical.

Confusion between 3 P

This brings us to the second recurring confusion; how we use the words “progesterone”, “progestogen” and “progestin”. Clarity here is vital, since it has been established that synthetic substances, either as progestogens or progestins, depending on use UK or US are known. These are used in contraception and therapy standard hormone replacement, but increase the risks in the areas of cancer (breast, uterus and ovary), disorders of blood clotting (stroke, heart problems and deep vein thrombosis) and can worsen mood, premenstrual syndrome and depression in vulnerable women.

While the important principle is that ‘bio-identical’ is much safer and more effective often follows often not understood that progesterone, for example, is not the same as progestins / synthetic progestins. However, if one takes into account the origin of these words, this may not be surprising. The word PRO-Gest-erone is derived from pro Latin ( “for” or “support”) and gestatio (of support, usually a child in the womb), which means support pregnancy substance. What is progesterone undoubtedly be important in fertility and stability of a pregnancy

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Logically, the progestogen words and progestin, which is derived from the same root, it must mean the same thing. but in reality these terms They are used to describe synthetic hormones that block or discourage conception either alone or in combination with estrogen. its action is indeed the opposite of what one might deduce from their names! This is a very curious state of things and could lead to more than a suspicion of obfuscation (of obfuscare, – to black, dark make dark) in the initial appointment If someone can “shed light” on this, I’ll be very happy to hear from them



synthetic / progestogen progestogens in use today have been misnamed, so it is not surprising that confusion occurs both in the media, including women, and parts of the medical profession. Unfortunately, it probably will continue to do so, innocently or of intention diverted to disguise its true nature.


This article was originally published on bio-hormone-health, Read the original article here

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