This is not thyroid-related but at least hormone-related so I hope it's OK.
The so called Hertoghe doctors insist you should not use synthetic estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone, but always use natural hormones. They also say you need to take them for life, whereas most mainstream doctors believe you should not use them for more than five years (now, I am referring to estrogen and progesterone in peri-menopausal women).
I have been on natural estrogel (Estrogel) and progesterone (Utrogestan) for the past five years, with spotty success to say the least (diagnosed with adrenal fatigue in 2011). Now, my OB-Gyn suggests we try synthetic hormones instead. Since my testosterone levels are very low, she wants me on a synthetic estrogen-testosterone combination drug.
Are synthetic hormones as bad as Hertoghe doctors seem to think? Are there really any advantages to taking natural hormones that I have yet to discover?