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Bioidentical hormone therapy and is it safe?

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 Posted 5/22/2011 2:50:05 PM
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I've been using  *Bioidentical Hormonal Therapy*  for 2 years, against the better judgment of gynocologist. Prefer it over the Rx testererone cream.  BI female t-cream lasts 2 months @ $21 per container @ my local health store. Rx cream?  $91 per MONTH.

Neither above covered by my Blue Cross.

Also, I do use the Rx estrogen patch. $40 co-pay. Combination has meant ZERO hot flashes or other issues.

IMPORTANT:  twice my testerone blood work has returned PERFECTLY. To the amazement of my Gyno. They are quite shocked my way WORKS.

Also, I take, 5,000 i.u.'s of Vitamin D-3. High to most folks. I've had almost ZERO Vit. D in the past. After a round of Rx capsules to bring Vot. to normal, I went aggressive on the dosage. I live in the deep south where sun exposure should not be a problem.

Same round of tests showed PERFECT score on the Vit. D. Doc was amazed that MY dosage was working better than his recommended 1,0000 i.u.'s !!!
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 Posted 5/23/2011 4:29:29 AM
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Welcome to the Forums and thanks for sharing your great results. 

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 Posted 6/9/2011 8:23:50 PM
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My wife, Debbie, had a partial hysterectomy when she was 26 (placenta previa/problem final pregnancy). Tried what was available then to keep her hormone levels up (synthetic hormones), but those caused too many problems, not to mention the cancer risk that were coming to light even back then.

Since she had been complaining about constant fatigue and a lot of other problems, we went in to HRC Medical Center here in Charlotte ( http://www.hrcmedical.com/charlotte.html ) and had her tested. Since she was abysmally low on everything (except B-12, which she supplements with), we went ahead and did the "pellet" process to bring that all back up. She hasn't reached the three-week mark yet, so she hasn't had her second set of bloodwork done yet.

I hope it does some good. Pete


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 Posted 6/10/2011 4:29:44 AM
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How old is your wife now?
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 Posted 6/13/2011 10:00:38 AM
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 Posted 6/17/2011 4:31:17 PM
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Life Extension has excellent information on bio-identical therapies.  Google Dr. Hotze....he has an outstanding audio resource library on many health-related subjects, including bio-identical therapy for men and women.  I've been using bio-identical hormones for a couple of years, and started Bi-Est this year.  My husband, who is 51, just started on testosterone therapy this year and it's been fantastic.  I have our creams compounded by Women's International Pharmacy...they have the best prices that I've found anywhere and their creams absorb immediately and are non-greasy.  They have an excellent website with lots of information as well.
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I am wondering where it is suggested to wait FIVE YEARS after menopause for best results?!  Never heard this before but have heard just the opposite.  If one's hormone levels fell at menopause (as mine did) a lot of damage would be done during 5 years!  I started a year before my last period - very late menopause - full year was up at 59!  I was miserable before I got on them - sickening hot flashes, migraines every week and atrophy/dryness BAD!    Had I lived like that for five years I'm not sure where I would be and I also started noticing changes in my body as soon as the estrogen fell which did not reverse!

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woman: 61.5 yrs of age

post menopausal ..last menses 12 yrs ago..no previous hrt or bhrt

tested estrogen/progestrone/dhea-s /testoterone free t4...  all are lowest number on standard ranges

tested thyroid..2.8 in standard range of .5 -- 5.99

symptomatic--few  focus and goal to balance and make body as healthy as possible.

have been told at this age and post menopausal tissue sensitivity etc body and long lack of hormones:bhrt will not be successful

Anyone have experience or knowldege if post menopausal 61 yr od can be helped???????????

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An OB/GYN told me that women who wait to start HRT have lost their estrogen receptors and that's why they have a greater risk of some conditions associated with female hormone replacement. 

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So I'm too young for this at 48?
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