Natural Hormone Balance for Women: Look Younger, Feel Stronger, and Live Life with Exuberance

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In Natural Hormone Balance for Women, Beverly Hills obstetrician-gynecologist Uzzi Reiss makes it clear that he believes in hormone replacement therapy for women, but not the "chemicalized hormonal substitutes" usually prescribed. "I emphasize natural hormones that are precise replicas of your own hormones," he writes, which can increase energy and memory, decrease symptoms of menopause and PMS, improve skin and mood, and enhance sleep, sexuality, and well-being. But neither the widely used hormonal medications, such as estrogens derived from horse urine, nor the "natural" hormonal products derived from soy or yams replicate the hormones produced by a woman's body. Rather, he recommends a natural estrogen formula balanced with natural progesterone, both available through compounding pharmacies (with a doctor's prescription).

Dr. Reiss and talented cowriter Martin Zucker explain why, how, and when to use natural hormones. This is not a snappy, one-size-fits-all program--rather, you, with the involvement of your physician, learn how to analyze your needs and individualize your treatment for your own optimal hormonal balance. Reiss describes the benefits and uses of natural estrogen and progesterone, then discusses other natural hormones that might be helpful: testosterone, human growth hormone, DHEA, melatonin, and pregnenolone. This is a provocative book that's worth sharing with your doctor. --Joan Price

A pioneering gynecologist and antiaging specialist with a successful Beverly Hills practice, Dr. Uzzi Reiss shows the way for women who want to turn back the effects of time through natural hormone therapy, but who wonder: is it safe? Does it work? Is hormone therapy right for me?


is Dr. Reiss's breakthrough, step-by-step program for women who want to take control of their lives by restoring hormonal balance. This revolutionary, commonsense natural hormone replacement program is designed to meet the individual needs of most women looking to rejuvenate body and mind -- and offers astounding benefits for women of all ages:

More energy and stamina * Improved memory * Healthier, more youthful skin * Balanced moods * Less depression and anxiety * Stabilization of weight and more muscle definition * Better sleep patterns * PMS and menopausal symptoms reduced or eliminated * Enhanced sexuality

Dr. Reiss takes the confusion out of the medical information you need to know. In clear, nontechnical language, he thoroughly explains:

  • the important difference between standard chemical hormone prescriptions and natural hormone replacements

  • which hormone replacements are best for you and how to adjust them to your maximum individual benefit

  • how to take hormones without worry

  • how to choose the most effective hormonal gel, cream, pill, or sublingual drops, and when to use them.

    Dr. Reiss has helped thousands of women transform their lives by achieving natural hormone balance. Now you can tap into the replenishing "fountain of youthfulness" that is not only essential for better life, but easier and safer to achieve than ever before.

  • Customer Reviews:

    • A lot of information
      This book is very helpful for anyone that is going through the change of life. I learned a lot from it....more info
    • Natural Hormone Balance
      I found this book to be highly informative and detailed. Most doctors do not go into this kind of detail or they don't know enough about hormones. My doctor is limited to only the what pharmaceutical companies tell them. I highly recommend this book to any female premenopausal, menopausal or postmenopausal....more info
    • Toast 'n jam in Taos
      Good explanation on hormones. But the Dr.s assumption that American women's imbalances are due to not having several children I find insulting. I think rather than menopause being easier for women who have had several pregnancies I think it more likely to be more related to diet and lifestyle. Nevertheless I was able to use his information on the several hormones (not just sexual hormones) and their interrelations to good use. If you are struggling to balance your hormones (and thus return to feeling normal) I would also recommend you read books on how hormones are produced in the adrenal glands such as "Adrenal Fatigue" by James L. Wilson....more info
    • A Must-Read For Women
      Dr. Reiss does a great job of explaining to women what is going on in their bodies and how symptoms can be safely mitigated through balancing hormones without getting too technical or dry. I'm giving my copy to my former GYN who prescribed synthetic hormones me. The side-effects were horrible (severe headaches, rashes, hives, and depression.)...more info
    • A Valuable Reference Manual
      Hormones are not adjuncts of a healthy lifestyle. They are curcial! And balancing the two major female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, can be the key to physical and mental well-being. In this comprehensive and easy to understand book, Dr. Reiss gives a step-by-step guideline to individualizing hormone balance - different in every woman and different at different times. With each separate hormone (including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, human growth hormone, pregnenolone and melatonin), he lists the signs of deficiency and the signs of excess, explains what forms the hormone comes in, how to take it and where to get it. He further tells why natural hormones are vital and synthetics are dangerous. This book should be considered a most valuable reference manual....more info
      Dr Reiss obviously LOVES women...I have read over 25 menopause books and this is the BEST. It is written for all women to understand with great patience and caring. He has separated the hormones and clearly explains what each does and the symptoms of their imbalance. He includes contacts to locate a Dr in your area to help with the tests you will need to find out what you will need...not a "one size fits all" approach, but a customized just-for-you regimen of health to truly grow old gracefully....without the hot flashes, weight gain, fuzzy thinking, and loss of interest in your romantic life.
      I would also recommend T.S. Wiley's book "Sex, Lies, and Menopause" which explains why we are seeing so much female cancer and how to protect yourself and your daughters from the problems our generation is experiencing.
      Women who breeze thru menopause have had low estrogen levels all their lives, so the absence is not much of a shock. If you are contemplating a hysterectomy and your Dr does not do saliva hormone testing and have BIOIDENTICAL hormones ready for you to take afterwards, FIND a Dr thru the Women's International Pharmacy. You will avoid all the symptoms that are joked about....they are NO JOKE. These BIOIDENTICAL hormones DO NOT CAUSE CANCER!!!!!! They cause good sleep, weight loss, and finding yourself again. ...more info
    • Very informative book
      This book helped me give information to my doctor to help in my diagnosis. It was very good. ...more info
    • Don't be held hostage by your hormones
      A very easy to understand book that every woman should own. Easy to use. A good reference to manage hormones. A must for mid-life changes yet highly suggested for young women to take ownership of their bodies....more info
    • Saved my SLEEP!
      I am now a happy, WELL-RESTED 40 yr old due to this book (and another book: What your Dr may not tell you about PreMenopause) Both of these have saved my LIFE, most importantly my SLEEP!

      For the past few years (after having a 3rd child) from age 37 onward, I could no longer fall deeply asleep, nor get REM/Delta SLEEP and NOTHING would work! (except Ambien)

      Well now I've learned about natural Progesterone cream, and other helpful necessary hormones the body may need (and mine did): DHEA and Melatonin, I now use all three of those nearly every night at bedtime: One tiny dab of a natural progesterone cream, (2 sprays equal to 10 mg) of a DHEA spray called Biosom, and a half of a pill (1 mg or less) of Melatonin Plus by Schiff (Found at Sam's, it also contains Vit B6 and L-Theanine,also very important additions to helping Melatonin work).

      NOW, I sleep like a baby, every night!
      No more Ambien!:)

      THIS regimen works for ME, PLEASE do NOT follow my steps WITHOUT checking with your doctor/Naturopath, FIRST!!!

      Buy this book (and the other one I mentioned).

      OB/GYN's disappointed me by recommending HRT or even hysterectomy, ALL because I simply had hormone-imbalance-related Insomnia and Adrenal fatigue.
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    • Excellent
      This is an excellent resource for anyone using bioidentical hormones. It helps you know how to dose yourself and how to tell if you are taking too much or not enough. I will always use this book as a reference tool....more info
    • Protect Yourself from Endocrine Pollution
      Recent articles in the Los Angeles Times have pointed out that pollutants discharged and mixed in the Pacific Ocean are so great, even in this diluted state, some male fish are developing eggs. This book and the companion titled "What your Doctor Might Not Tell you About Pre-menopause by Lee guides you on how endocrine pollution is effecting us and what to do about it. My doctor told me ten years ago that all his women patients that turned forty must read this book to be prepared when our bodies start to go through the change into menopause. I am now 51 and I'm back to buy another updated copy as menopause has hit me hard. My current M.D. put me on emergency medication of anti-depressants and I know this book will provide me with the tools to get off of them and get my heath back! This is the book that will teach you how to protect yourself so you don't get breast cancer (now one in 8 women), cysts, fibroids, etc. Anti-depressants do not protect you from this kind of pollution, they only treat the symptoms. Doctors were bombarded from drug companies that wanted to sell their patented fake hormones. Thousands of women died from these drugs and so now many doctors are afraid of any kind of hormone therapy. Natural hormones protect the body, which we need now to counteract estrogen based pollution. You can not afford to do nothing. Four of my family members got estrogen based cancers and none of us had the genes to predispose them for these cancers. Because these natural hormones can't be patented there is no big money to do the double blind studies nor is there anyone beating down doctor's doors to educate them. The doctors that have taken up the cause for natural hormone therapy do not have the high cancer rates in their patients as is found in the general population. Over ten years of experience is proof enough for these M.D.s to go against the norms as pushed by pharmaceutical companies. ...more info
    • No, you don't need Prozac
      This is an amazing book. After going to God knows how many Doctor's and being prescribed Prozac and birth control pills (with horrible side effects!!) this book was a God send. It described all of the symptoms I have been having for the past several years which have only been getting worse and excellent information on how to treat them. I have finally found another Doctor who practices Natural Hormone REplacement and hopefully she will be more compassionate (now the hard part now is getting an appointment early enough). I would recommend all women who are constantly being told that all their tests are coming out "normal" therefore your misery is all in your head to please, please, please, read this book. It is a lifesaver!!...more info
    • It finally makes sense!
      This book was well written for the layman. I was able to read and understand what I read and return to my doctor educated and armed with questions. ...more info
    • Natural hormone balance
      Didn't find this book real interesting. I've read other books on this topic that was easier to understand....more info
    • an excellent resource book about hormones
      This book was recommended by my longevity physician, and I can understand why. It is a great guide to anyone using or considering natural hormone replacement therapy (which is a gift from God and Nature by the way...) This publication is not just about menopause, it is about female (and male) hormones across the lifespan. It helps you to self regulate by learning your own symptoms. And at these prices, everyone should have a copy in the family medical library!...more info
    • Superb Reference Book!
      This book is user-friendly for laypersons, yet sophisticated and detailed enough for healthcare professionals. Dr. Reiss has clarified a confusing, sometimes worrisome subject and gives specific, easy-to-follow information. He is an experienced clinician and focuses on what actually works. I unreservedly recommend this book to any woman of any age to better understand how hormones work and how strongly imbalances can affect health....more info
    • Uzzi Reiss book
      Book received in new condition as time acceptable. Good reliable service from Amazon and from seller. ...more info
    • ALL women should own this book, it's the "Female Bible" !
      Great book, and I have RESEARCHED menopause and have read 4 books now on this subject, because I am going through a hell of a menopause, at the age of 45! I am saturating myself on this subject because woman need to know the truth about NATURAL, BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONES to get help! NOT the synthetic, cancer causing horse-urine (yes, made from pregnant mare urine) crap that has been offered in the past. These NATURAL hormones mimic a woman's own estrogen and progesterone, etc., that she has lost during menopause; that is what is happening here. Lost estrogen and progesterone must be balanced and replaced at menopause, regulated through blood work to get a woman's hormone levels back to as close to "normal" as possible.

      Dr. Uzzi Reiss has loaded this book with ALL, MUST NEEDED info; he covers EVERYTHING needed to know about menopause and hormones and how to regulate and talk to your own doctor and it is just a necessary book. Natural hormones must be replaced for a woman's health and sanity, for bone loss, sleep, mental clarity, weight gain, sex life, numerous reasons to own this book. It has helped me beyond what I could have imagined. It is the best, most informative, out of all I own on this subject. Now, if only GYN's would get up on the subject and learn about natural hormones and menopause, because I found out, calling to make an appointment, most of them know nothing, and admitted that only a few hours of hormone information is required for them in school. How horrible that this is shoved unded the carpet like this! The quest is to find a decent doctor who is willing to learn and help with this horrible time of life; most of them say you just have to "live with it", which is not true! It is difficult to find an up-to-date GYN, who cares to learn the truth about natural hormones, but take this book and all information and show them and tell them what you need to do. An "endocrinologist" would also be in the category to help with natural hormones. Armed with this great information from Dr. Reiss, middle-age women now have a chance at a happy, healthy, harmonious life. I wish I could move to California and have Dr. Reiss as my personal doctor. ...more info
    • Help is on the Way
      This book gives you all of the information to help you menopause. It's a must read....more info
    • One of the best I've read
      Natural Hormone Balance for Women is one of the finest books ever written for women living with ovarian failure(menopause). It describes very clearly the benefits of replacing ovarian hormones with bio-identical hormones (exact replica's of what the body naturally produces), and the benefits to the body. Dr. Reiss' passion for creating a true ovarian hormone balance is apparent and he more than adequately justifies every point he makes. His knowledge and respect for appropriate healthcare for women is also clear. Unfortunately, he does not offer any advice on how to extend the functional life of the ovaries, only how to supplement after they have failed. ...more info
    • A Valuable Reference Manual
      Hormones are not adjuncts of a healthy lifestyle. They are crucial! And balancing the two major female hormones can be the key to physical and mental well-being. In this comprehensive and easy to understand book, Dr. Reiss gives a step-by-step guideline to individualizing hormone balance - different in every woman and different at different times. With each separate hormone (including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, human growth hormone), he lists the signs of a deficiency and the signs of excess, explains what forms the hormone comes in, how to take it and where to get it. He also tells why natural hormones are vital and synthetics are dangerous. This book should be considered a most valuable reference manual for optimal health....more info
    • Must read!
      This is an eye-opener! Give it to your daughters, mothers, aunts, sisters, friends! And don't forget yourself!...more info
    • Amazing!!
      Next to the Bible, this is the most useful book a woman will ever use!! I've been following the recommendations of Dr. Reiss for over a year now (I just turned 41) and I feel like myself again.
      For many years I argued with my PCP that I wasn't depressed, his position was that I was still having my period so my hormones were just fine. After talking with a friend about how I felt, she referred me to this book and a FNP that specialized in women's hormones. After all the tests were run, I was diagnosed as having pre-mature menopause due to an excessively stressful lifestyle.
      I have always been very health conscious - eating healthy, working out, etc..., but my life of go, go, go finally caught up with me. Since starting the BHRT the excess weight has easily gone away, my skin looks great, I have energy. So many people have noticed and complimented me asking what am I doing differently. Thank you Dr. Reiss for giving me my life back! I was too young to feel that old!!
      If you are a woman of any age - buy this book and buy several for your friends.
      If you are a man with a woman in your life - read this book, it will give you a tremendous understanding of what your woman is going through as well as give you insight about your own hormones....more info
    • A Must Read for Any Woman Over 40
      This book, this doctor, changed my life for the better. I've purchased 8 copies for my friends to read. It's easy reading. I actually visited this doctor and within two weeks almost all symptoms of menopause disappeared. This is a great alternative to synthetic hormones....more info
    • Angels Answered my Prayers with this Book!!!
      Finally!! After exhausting searches through books and the internet comes a valuable, easy to read book on women's hormones! Every young woman should have the opportunity to be informed of hormones.(Hormone loss starts in our late 20's & early 30's!) We are so programmed to "just deal with" so many female hormonal issues. We are under the guise that we have to stop having periods or have hot flashes before we can benefit from hormones! Oh how wrong! This book makes you feel empowered and SAFE! A priceless education. Every Doctor and woman should read this. I can't wait to get started on Dr. Weiss'recomendations. I now have hope!...more info
    • A Woman's Practical Guide to Natural Hormones
      Natural Hormone Balance for Women by Uzzi Reiss MD

      This is currently one of the best books for women who want to know about natural bio-identical hormones for the menopausal symptoms of night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, weight gain, and foggy mind.

      I met Uzzi Reiss at a medical meeting a few years ago, and he mentioned his new book during conversation. After returning from the meeting, I read Suzanne Somers' book in which she mentioned that Uzzi Reiss had been one of her doctors during her long odyssey to find bio-identical hormone replacement. As a gynecologist with a large clinical practice in Los Angeles, Dr. Uzzi Reiss has accumulated a considerable amount of knowledge and experience using natural hormones for women, and Dr. Reiss is one of the few physicians willing to share this knowledge.

      Reiss's book provides a practical guide for the safe use of natural hormones, and answers the following questions:

      1) When to use natural hormones, when to not use them
      2) The difference between unsafe patented synthetic hormones, and the safe natural hormones.
      3) Why natural hormones are safe.
      4) What route of administration is best, pills, gels, creams, drops, etc.
      5) What are your possible responses to each hormone in terms of how you will feel.
      6) How to monitor our response and adjust your hormone dosage individually.
      7) How to work with your doctor to adjust your hormone dosage for optimal effect avoiding hormone excess symptoms.

      Regarding hormone testing:

      Dr. Reiss uses blood testing for baseline hormone levels, however, he says: "The heavy reliance on normal-range readings is nothing less than a tragic, medical addiction"

      Dr. Reiss's approach:

      After a routine history and physical exam, baseline blood hormone levels and a pelvic sonogram, treatment is started at a relatively low hormone dosage, adjusting upward as needed. For the adjustment phase, Dr. Reiss empowers his patients with the knowledge to adjust their individual hormone levels. This is done based on symptoms of hormone deficiency or excess, clearly described in detail in his book, which serves as an educational tool for his patients.

      Separate chapters are devoted to Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone with very detailed descriptions of symptoms of hormonal deficiency and hormonal excess. Dr. Reiss does not discuss thyroid, leaving that for other authors. Also, there are only limited comments about adrenal fatigue and the problems associated with low cortisol.

      A major strength of the book is that Dr. Reiss provides exact hormone dosages and route of administration for his Los Angeles patient population. However, as a matter of practical experience, I have found his starting estrogen dosage somewhat on the high side of the scale for my area of the country, so I would caution the reader about that. Also, Dr. Reiss does not explain why he changed the standard formulation of Tri-Est (10/10/80) to a different unique formulation of Tri-Est gel (0.25E1/ 0.75E2/ 2.75E3). According to most large national compounding pharmacies, the most common formulation is Bi-Est in 0.625 mg to 1.25 mg dosage with (20 E2 / 80 E3) formulation.

      In any event, these minor flaws are outweighed by the many strengths of the book which empowers women to learn about natural hormone balance. I applaud Dr. Reiss for providing a valuable public service with a book that should be in every woman's library on natural hormone replacement.

      Jeffrey Dach MD
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    • Great book!
      This book was recommended to me by my doctor after I came in to the office with many, many things wrong with me. I felt like I had neglected so many things that it was hopeless and I couldnt do anything to change how i felt. I was so exhausted ALL THE TIME yet couldnt sleep at bed time, I was dizzy, cranky, anxious among other things - just sick of feeling like crap. This book is great and breaks everything down so easily so anyone could follow this program. I am very thankful for this book but it saddens me to think that my OB really should have been telling me this a long time ago!...more info
    • Solid Information, Solid Advice!
      I am 41, already have osteoporosis, and was in desperate need of some reliable information on hormone therapy. I read this book from cover to cover like a novel. It makes hormones and their effects so much easier to understand. Now I know how to recognize deficiencies and excesses of the most important hormones. Based on Dr. Reiss's recommendations for working with a physician, I found a doctor that understands my needs, conducted thorough testing, and is prescribing exactly what I need. I bring this book with me to the doctor's office, and I refer to it regularly now. It's going to be one of the most well-used books in my home library. Thank you, Dr. Reiss!...more info
    • a woman's best friend
      Dr. Reiss is a pioneer in the field of hormone balance for women. THis book is really every women's best friend when trying to understand the complicated effects of hormone imbalance. But even better than that, he tells you exactly what to do to make it better! This book stands the test of time and should be a continous reference and reminder for each one of us....more info
    • saved my life, teaches you how to talk to a dismissive doctor
      This book saved my life, that's how bad my hot flashes, insomnia, mood swing & fatige were... made worse by a woman internist who wanted to put me on high blood pressure medicine (my BP is normal) or a male gyn/ob who told me my symptoms were 'normal' and they'd be 'gone in 10 years' & then offered anti-depressants. Instead, I demanded bioidentical hormones, showed him the author's (board certified gyn) chapters on how to tell your MD what blood tests you need, then with the help of my compounding pharmacy, he was able to write a prescription for tri-est gel (which is covered by insurance) & progesterone caps and within 24 hours, my mood swings vanished, the hot flashes stopped, I was able to sleep, the mental fogginess went away & I was my happy self again. OTC DHEA (every AM) also helped. I've recommended this book to many women. Menopause is a hormone deficiency & there's no reason it shouldn't be treated as one... the problem is, US MDs don't study this in AMA run medical schools. Bioidientical hormones have been studied in Europe & Canada for decades & are being studied in Japan. Since Big Pharma controls/funds research in the US, and bioidenticals can't be patented, there's no research in US medical schools because there's no money to be made from it. As someone who was unable to tolerate Fosamax, my bone density scans showed a 3.3% increase in bone density after 3 months on bioidenticals, DHEA, liquid calcium & 1000 IU of vitamin D. The bone density specialist did a dance & asked me for the name of this book....more info
    • Enlightening and Important
      This book is a must for anyone seeking information about bio-identical hormone replacement and anti-aging in general. I learned a wealth of facts from this book and find myself referring to it often. I'm informed now when I speak to my doctor. This book allows us all to be proactive and preventative regarding our health. It truly is empowering. I recommend this book to everyone I know, because although Dr. Reiss's main audience is women, there's also much in it that benefits men. Read this book along with Suzanne Somer's "The Sexy Years." We learn from both books that we can stay energized, young looking, smart and content throughout our entire lives. Growing old can, indeed, be a graceful process. Thank you Dr. Reiss for writing this book. The information given is pricelss....more info
    • Life changing
      I found this book to be extremely informational in helping me understand the way my body reacts to hormones. Highly reccomended read for every woman. ...more info


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