My doctor prescribed bioidentical hormone therapy near me (BHRT) a few years ago, to treat my mild perimenopausal symptoms. I was 45 at the time and not in the best of health. I did not want to risk taking a new drug that would give me more trouble than it was worth, so BHRT seemed like the safest route. I also knew that I wanted to remain a woman, so the idea of taking a new synthetic hormone seemed like a bad one. Did BHRT work?
I went in for my first appointment with my doctor with a positive outlook in mind. He examined me and explained that, because of my age, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy would not be effective. But he added that it might be worth a try if other factors such as stress, diabetes, obesity, depression, or other health conditions were causing my symptoms. He prescribed an estrogen and progesterone pill, to be taken daily.
Two weeks later I had my first follow-up appointment with my doctor. During this appointment, he informed me that he was still recommending bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for me, but he had changed his mind due to the positive response he had observed in my initial visit. Instead of prescribing more hormones, he suggested that I try an herbal dietary supplement. He said that the herbs he used for this treatment contained substances known to stimulate the pituitary gland into producing more of the hormones that my body is needed to balance its metabolism and produce the hormones needed for normal functioning.
Two months later, I started taking the bhrt. During each of my four scheduled short doses, I noticed little to no change in my mood, my sexual drive, or in my energy level. My blood pressure and cholesterol were also low. My skin was feeling better than it had in years. However, because of the side effects associated with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, my doctor put me on a wait-list for hormone replacement therapy. Then he suddenly asked me if I wanted to try another herbal dietary supplement he knew of.
Within a few months my blood pressure was back to normal. My cholesterol was still within the recommended range, and my energy levels returned to normal. My mood improved. I felt more like myself. After six months on bhrt I still had not considered bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
In my second month on that, I began to notice some positive changes. My skin and hair started to look better. I still had a little wispy hair but it was more manageable. I noticed a decrease in my stress level.