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Bioidentical hormone therapy and is it safe?

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 Posted 2/6/2012 5:16:01 AM
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Hi Surfer Girl,

There seems to be so much conflicting and alarming info out there on hormone therapy, but once you sift through, you'll see that there is a big difference between bio-identical hormones and the synthetic hormones that most conventional doctors are prescribing.  A great book to read is by Dr. John Lee--"What Your Doctor May Not Have Told You About Breast Cancer."  He was a pioneer in progesterone therapy.  In 2008, at age 46, I had hormone receptive breast cancer and was treated with lumpectomy and radiation.  Luckily, I was not a candidate for chemotherapy, although they did recommend Tamoxifen, which I declined to take.  I was scared to even contemplate hormone balance, talking to my conventional doctors, but then last year, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and realized that I had to figure out what the root of my problems were.  Turns out I am estrogen dominant and needed to balance with progesterone (even though my cancer was both estrogen and progesterone positive--I had lots of estrogen and very little progesterone, and that sets the stage for problems).  I can't tell you how positively the bio-identical hormone therapy has impacted my life.  I am sure that my estrogen dominance contributed greatly to the development of my cancer, as well as my hypothyroidism and a host of other bothersome symptoms.   I have been doing this therapy since November of 2011 and will go back to the doctor in April to re-evaluate all my levels.  I wish I could have talked to someone who had successfully navigated this course when I was going through it, so I would be happy to talk to you about anything.  Suzanne Somers also wrote about this topic in "Ageless", FYI.  You just have to find an experienced anti-aging doctor.  Unfortunately, none of the good ones accept insurance, but it's a small price to pay for your health.  The hormone therapy is usually transdermal (via skin creams) and cheap (about $15/month for progesterone--no prescription necessary).  Of course you also have to eat right, exercise, get enough sleep, practice stress reduction, etc. and supplement--there are many estrogen modulators out there like Idole 3 Carbinols, and essential anti-oxidents like curcumin, green tea and resveratrol, which I would advise that you take.  Good luck in your journey and stay well.
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Hello!  I'm brand new here and trying to sort out some things.  I am 43 years old.  I have 3 small children (all under the age of 6).  My libido is gone.  I am tired the moment I wake up in the morning.  I want to sleep all the time.  I have NO ENERGY at all.  Foggy brain.  Moody, short-tempered, no patience, cry easily.  Hot flashes.  At age 30 I gained weight (about 30 pounds) for no reason and really never got rid of it.  At 40 I gained more weight (30 more pounds) and again, I have an extremely hard time taking it off.  Is 43 to young to need hormone replacement therapy?  I am considering making an appointment at HRC Medical.  Are they good?  Are they trustworthy?  Are pellets or pills better?  I desperately want to be a better wife and mother.  Any suggestions or advice?

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Welcome to the Forums.

Testing of all hormones for which blood tests are available will determine whether this is the cause of your symptoms.  Sometimes just dealing with three small children is enough to cause stress, fatigue, lack of sleep, irritability, etc.  Lack of quality sleep can cause weight gain, mental fog and fatigue. You should also have a complete blood count and chemistry panel.

In regard to hormone replacement, there are different ways to take different hormones.  While thyroid hormones are administered in oral form, patches or creams are best for estradiol and/or progesterone. 

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I've been on the Wiley Protocol for bioidentical hormone therapy.  You can only do this through specific doctors.
This website is very helpful.  http://www.thewileyprotocol.com
My doctor checks my estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels about every 6 to 9 months.  She does this through blood tests.  The idea is to have your hormones balanced... not too much or not too little.
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Age 43 is not too young to start bio-identical hormones - it depends on where your hormone levels are at.  With a blood test or urine analysis a doctor who specializes in bio identical hormones can help prescribe the correct dosage. I am 45 , have been on bio identical for one year and take them in cream form.  They are made by a compounding pharmacy. I have my blood work retested every 6 months or so to check that my hormone levels are ok and whether the treatment needs adjusting.
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I'm a naturopath and I work in a clinic in Montreal and we work with bio identical hormonal since twenty years.  Less studies have been done on bio-identical hormones than on synthetic hormones yet, but from what we can say, it seems to be far safer.  The best results we get is when patients change their lifestyle and when they follow very specific recommendations.  Bio-identical hormones therapy is a very useful and effective tool, and many of our patients couldn't reach optimal health without it.
Also, every health issue is multifactorial.  The best way to address hypothyroidism is to consider all possible causes: hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, body composition, blood sugar regulation, immune system balance, etc.  There is no easy way out, but many opportunities to reach your goals.

sources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23046013
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20688624
also: naturopathe a Montreal specialise dans la sante de la thyroide
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Hi Girl from Denver

I am a certified Integrated Medical Practitioner.

To answer your questions: I had a look at your lab results and I advise that you find an integrated medical practitioner close to you and arrange for a consultation. We do not work on the "normal ranges" for hormones, we strive to work on optimal ranges. Being on the lower "normal range" is therefore a cause for concern.

As an example you state a thyroid score of 2.8. We like to see scores below 2.0.

Is BHRT safe? Yes, and it will change your life. There are many urban legends and falsehoods about hormone restoration. For one we do not accept that any two people are 100% alike, therefore we taylor our treatment and tweak it until you have the desired results.

Will gladly answer any further questions.

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