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Can You Help Your Doctor?

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This past year has been a different year, physically, than any other year of my life. At the very beginning of 2008, I had no idea I was about to start a whole new era of my life, and I was not completely prepared.

I had no idea that I would be starting my road to menopause at 42. At first I was shocked. I felt I was too young, but when I realized I really was going through it and decided that I had enough of the hot flashes and sleepless nights, I went for help. My chiropractor had mentioned a compounding pharmacy she liked, so I got the number and scheduled a saliva test.

Once the test came back and I met with the pharmacist, I found out that I was not only estrogen dominant but really low on the progesterone, and my adrenals were worn out. He recommended that I start using a bioidentical progesterone cream formulated for my needs and that I take a calcium supplement and a multivitamin. He also recommended that I take a supplement for adrenal support. When I met with him about my test results, he spent an hour with me talking about the test results and my symptomology. I was confident that he knew how to help me, and he was definitely passionate.

I took the supplements and hormone cream as scheduled and was amazed to see the results after just six weeks. Natural cures don't work as immediate as drugs, but I was willing to see how it went. At about the six week mark, I got a little cold. After I was over the cold, I noticed I was sleeping better and wasn't having the 50+ hot flashes a day. My body aches were gone. I had so much energy! So the question arose in my mind, "Can you help your doctor?" "Can you educate him?"

I started reading up on bioidentical hormones. I started finding articles about it in natural health magazines. I decided to make it my mission to share this information with the women in my life. I was sure they were just as clueless as I was. I started openly speaking with them about my experience and how they need to start monitoring it now before it hits them like a ton of bricks. There are some friends already on top of it but so many had no idea.

I read books to recommend to friends to help them along in their journey.

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Great point! Yes, doctors know a lot, but we know our bodies the best. Listen to your body and don't hold back in speaking up for it. The more information you give your doctor, the more informed decisions you can make together on your health. Providing your doctor with information will help them more accurately assess your health. Yes, doctors do need our help. :)

June 17, 2009 - 6:56pm
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We believe that bioidentical hormone therapy is definitely a good way to end the suffering caused by menopause, andropause, and other hormonal imbalances. If you would like to read more about bioidentical hormone therapy then click here.


-Alex from BodyLogicMD

June 17, 2009 - 12:57pm
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