Listen as Miriam shares her osteopenia and menopause story.
My name is Miriam Hinrich, and I live in Hong Kong, but I travel constantly all over the world. Ten years ago I was put on hormones because I started developing osteopenia, which is just the beginning of osteoporosis. So they put me on hormones in order to prevent osteoporosis. I tolerated the hormones pretty well in the beginning, and then with all the scares that were introduced later with the hormones, I stopped and then I started again and from thereon it was just downhill. I could not tolerate any other kind of hormones. Not the first one I tried, not the patches that gave me horrible allergies, not separate progesterone and estrogen. Any kind of hormone I tried from thereon I could not tolerate it. Then I tried to go without hormones, and I went a little bit crazy, and my husband begged me to go back on it. So finally my gynecologist in Hong Kong suggested a very creative solution. He suggested to use an IUD, which is actually developed for birth control, which has a minute amount of progesterone that is released into the uterus, which will then take care of the progesterone part of the common combination. For the estrogen, he suggested a gel, which is actually called Estreva. This gel, I can see here is made in Monaco by Laboratories Theramax of Monaco; you buy it in France. You just use 2½ palms to 3 palms on the skin every evening before you go to sleep, and it does not go through the liver so it is very, very easy tolerated. The IUD is called Mirena, and I know that they now use them in the United States. So it can be actually prescribed in the United States. I found--I have been on this combination for the last two years--and I found it to really work very, very well for me. I do not have the side effect of hormones, which is water retention, fluid retention, moodiness, etc. I just do not feel it at all. I have not put on any weight. I have really not felt any of the side effects of the hormones. So I am pretty happy with this combination. I do not think a lot of doctors actually suggest it or prescribe it. I do not know why, but for me it is really lifesaving because it got me back on to hormones and I have been on it for two years. I am very, very happy with it, and I would like to actually recommend it to other women; maybe go see your gynecologist and see if it is something that would be good for you because the separation of the progesterone from the estrogen is really what works for me since nothing is ingested into the system. There is no problem at all. I am very happy.
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