Dear Dr. Blanscet,
I’m a 47-year old woman and for the last year or two I have not really been feeling myself. I don’t feel sick, I just don’t feel right. I have gained about 8-10 pounds in the last year and I started having trouble falling asleep and I wake up during the night more often than I ever have in the past. I feel tired and I do not feel that I recover well from workouts when I do have the energy to actually exercise. Overall I have more aches and pains. I also feel more irritable and I definitely do not feel like having intimate relations with my husband like I used to. 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? Christine S.
Trust your intuition. If you are feeling like your body is “off,” then it probably is. If your doctor isn’t trained in bioidentical hormones, you should really find someone who is.
After going through some of those symptoms myself, I completely relate to where you are coming from. I suffered as you did and unfortunately ended up having a hysterectomy which did not end well in the short term. Since I have a medical degree I took matters into my own hands about eight years ago and I decided to get further education on bioidentical hormones and healthy aging. As a result I was able to balance my own hormones and am now able to help others do the same. 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 often based on people who are overweight, fatigued and in general not feeling that great. You don’t necessarily want to be normal; you want to be optimal and in optimal health.
Hormonal changes for women can start in your early 30’s. Problems that are associated with hormonal changes in females include a decrease in energy, trouble going to sleep or staying asleep, night sweats, low libido, weight gain, migraines, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, a general feeling of malaise, and more. Men share many of these same symptoms in their 30’s and 40’s as they experience hormonal changes, although their changes seem to occur more subtly and are often misdiagnosed.
Experts in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy strive to achieve optimal results by working with each individual’s unique biochemistry. Bioidentical hormones are generally 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. Every person is different and requires 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 bio-identical hormone consultation and treatment. This may change in the future, but if you are experiencing hormonal imbalance, it’s best not to wait. Your health and vitality are worth it!