Many women do not have a regular, pain-free menstrual cycle, which can be made worse if it is ‘masked’ long-term with synthetic hormones (e.g. the oral contraceptive pill, Depo-provera injections or Implanon hormonal implants).
Most hormonal imbalances are caused by nutritional deficiencies, liver detoxification issues, obesity, blood sugar imbalances and stress/anxiety/depression. Therefore, although synthetic hormones may appear to regulate your cycle, they are not addressing the underlying cause and are merely covering up the real issue. This generally results in a re-emergence of symptoms, when the medication is ceased.
Menopause is also another area where natural support generally has the best and safest long-term results. Hormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT) uses synthetic hormones (no, they do not use natural or bio-identical oestrogen) to once again ‘mask’ your symptoms, while your body naturally adjusts to the next phase of life. These synthetic hormones are also not risk free with research providing evidence of increased risks of cancer in women taking HRT.