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Question about HRT

Posted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 11:31 am
by lovinmyman
I just turned 40, and hopefully I'm many years away from menopause, but you never know. :? I haven't done any research or anything on the subject, and I'm just wondering, do all women typically go on a HRT of some type?

I've heard so many negatives about HRT that I really hope that I can get by without it.

Anyway, I'm just curious, if anyone has any answers they can give. :wave

Posted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:26 pm
by happilybedded
hey! welcome to the world of perimenopause! it can be a wild ride!

i've posted about my peri-journey on other threads. i want to send u a pm with info on where i go for all my meno info. i don't know what the rules are about posting that info publicly.

my answer to your question is that the trend is to stay away from synthetic hormones for as long as possible, using vitamins, nutritional supplements, "bio-identicals," WHATEVER and then using synthetic HRT as a last resort. from what i have read though, more and more people are saying that the best rule of thumb is "if u can manage without it, do so. if u can't and the symptoms are messing up your life, use treatment."

for me, i take "stuff." wasn't willing to sacrifice my marriage or sex life on the altar of perimenopause!

all the best!

Posted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:31 pm
by lovinmyman
Thanks for the info! You're welcome to PM me the other info; I'd be glad to check out any sites. I really want to be prepared for when it does actually get here!

Posted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:34 pm
by Vanna
All women don't go on HRT, the women in my family didn't, both sides. They did fine without it.

I would say it will depend on the degree of your symptoms and whether or not they respond to other dietary changes or supplements.

In the end it is a personal choice you make, I just recommend that whatever you do is an informed choice that fits your needs. 8)

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 2:08 pm
by James186282
My wife and I did a lot of reading and we conclude that women who have gone through menopause and wait 15 years then go on strong doses of synthetic horse urine hormones will have increased health problems. Which btw is the conclusion of the study that has everyone going crazy.

In our case going on BioIdentical (Human Hormones) when menopause strikes has been the greatest blessing. Is it really safer? No one can say for sure but it seems to me that this is better then Synthetics which don't pass our sniff test.

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 5:59 pm
by robin
Bio identical are usually plant based hormones. Synthetic are animal based if I remember right. I could be wrong, it's been a long day with my brain stuck in 2nd gear.

Anyway, get thee to a compounding pharmacy yesterday and get a saliva test done. Then have them mix up your super special batch of plant based creams and gels based on exactly what your body needs. The only way negative side effects come in is if you are getting too much, if it's custom mixed the chances of that are reduced.

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 6:30 am
by James186282
The main problem I have with Prempro etc are that these are female hormones syntheticaly made different so that the drug makers can patent them and charge what they like. The bioidenticals are created to be identical to human hormones which btw can't be patented except by the creator who in this case would be God I guess?

My wife started on them a while ago and the tension level around the house went way down. She is due to be "adjusted" after a 24 hour urine test. *No need to study for that one!

Anyway, looking forward to whatever her dose will end up being. Things are 'better' but still far from perfect. We hope to fully eliminate hot flashes and improve her lubrication and sex drive. *Well I do anyway! ;-)

Re: Question about HRT

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 2:11 pm
by James186282
Just an update. We went back in and had labs done again to see where she was. Some of the things we were changing with HRT were not effective so they changed the type of cream and increased the dose. They also started her on a weekly vaginal cream that increases her Testosterone and Estrogen levels. This helps a lot with lubrication as well.

In short what I want to say is that we are now very happy with the results of our HRT program. I think its important to keep giving feedback to the medical people and to get labs done so that your adjusting whats low and not just shooting in the dark

Re: Question about HRT

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:12 pm
by Paul B
James186282 wrote:Just an update. We went back in and had labs done again to see where she was. Some of the things we were changing with HRT were not effective so they changed the type of cream and increased the dose. They also started her on a weekly vaginal cream that increases her Testosterone and Estrogen levels. This helps a lot with lubrication as well.

In short what I want to say is that we are now very happy with the results of our HRT program. I think its important to keep giving feedback to the medical people and to get labs done so that your adjusting whats low and not just shooting in the dark

This is an extremely important point! HRT is a very new science, and that plus the fact that individuals react differntly to various hormones means your chance of getting it right the first try is about as good as winning the lottery.

Paul

Re: Question about HRT

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:00 am
by James186282
The FDA first approved estrogen therapy in 1941 so I'm not sure I agree that its that new. :?

As to getting it right? I think you need to do regular labs and adjust as you do with things like statins, blood pressure pills etc. If this makes us more likely to win the lotto? Eerr I ahh don't buy the tickets so its not gonna happen!

:D

Re: Question about HRT

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:22 pm
by Paul B
James186282 wrote:The FDA first approved estrogen therapy in 1941 so I'm not sure I agree that its that new. :?

When you consider that the science of vaccines is over 200 year old, the study of hormones is a very, very young field.

James186282 wrote:As to getting it right? I think you need to do regular labs and adjust as you do with things like statins, blood pressure pills etc.

On that we agree fully.

Paul

Re: Question about HRT

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:59 am
by James186282
Some Chinese texts talk about vaccinating from 200BC but thats a different topic altogether. And the FDA only approved this after it had become fairly common in other countries for some time. Paul my friend - I AM glad we agree on some of this. :D I don't disregard your caution about HRT. It is a serious issue and one that should not be jumped into without a lot of study and (I think) prayer. Its also not an easy or quick fix. I say if your are going to do it. Do it with lots of knowledge. And always ask your doctor for advise in culling out the internet "facts" from reality.