Dear Dr. Blanscet,
I’m a 45-year old woman and for the last year I have not really been feeling all that great. I don’t feel sick or anything, I just don’t feel right. I have gained about 15 pounds in 12 months. I often have trouble sleeping now, which was never a problem before. I’m tired a lot lately and get headaches more than what I think is normal. I’m not really interested in intimacy with my husband and we seem to be arguing a lot. I just feel like things are off. When I told my primary doctor this, he did some tests and said everything is fine. Is this just a normal part of aging?
After going through some of those symptoms myself, I decided to get further education on bioidentical hormones and healthy aging. Helping men and women achieve optimal health is something I’m very passionate about.
When a primary doctor looks at your blood tests, they are often only checking to see whether your results are “normal.” The problem is, in our society “normal” is based on people who are overweight, fatigued and in general not feeling that great. You don’t necessarily want to be normal; you want optimal health.
Trust your intuition. If you are feeling like your body is “off,” then it probably is. If you’re doctor isn’t trained in bio identical hormones, you should really find someone who is. Bio identical hormones are usually plant based and are made to be biologically equivalent to the natural hormones your body produces. It just makes sense that a product with the exact chemical structure as your body makes will be safer and more effective.
Problems that are associated with hormonal changes in women include a decrease in energy, lack of sleep, night sweats, low libido, weight gain, migraines, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, a general feeling of malaise, and more. Men also experience many of these symptoms and feel like they have passed their peak even though they are only in their 40′s or 50′s.
Experts in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy strive to achieve optimal results by working with each individual’s unique biochemistry. Every person is different and will receive a plan customized to their needs. It takes time to properly evaluate your symptoms, interpret your lab work, and be educated on treatments. There are several ways to restore hormone balance in men and women: creams, oral capsules, implanted pellets, etc.
It is unfortunate, but current medical insurances do not cover the expense of a proper hormone consultation and treatment. This may change in the future, but you if you are experiencing hormonal imbalance, it’s best not to wait.