It doesn’t happen as often as it used to, but it happened last week, when one of our clients stopped listening to her body and herself and gave up her truth, by listening to her ob gyn. I appreciate doctors. I do. But they know what they know. And my experience over the past 10 years with my Happy Hormone Cottage and helping women achieve optimal hormone balance is that most don’t know a lot about natural hormone balance. So when one of our clients, who was feeling great and had healed from all of her hormone imbalance issues that happen as we get into our late 30s, 40s and beyond when our hormone production decreases: fatigue, low libido, weight gain, dryness, brain fog, hair loss, sleep issues …..had her annual Ob Gyn visit, her doctor told her she was too old to be “using hormones.” So she stopped our customized Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (bhrt) and all of her hormone issues returned. Why? Because our hormone receptors deplete as we age beyond 35, and it is our responsibility to keep them refilled as naturally as possible. Our choice is Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (bhrt) with hormones, made from plant-based powders, that are created to mimic the hormones our bodies used to make but with aging, no longer make what our bodies need.
Here’s the thing- our hormones are really important. They are responsible for many, many jobs in our body.
>Estrogen, for example, performs over 300 jobs in our body. The main ones are to protect our heart from heart disease and our brain from dementia.
>Progesterone is our “joy of life” hormone that decreases starting around age 35, and is responsible for sleep, reducing anxiety, reducing aches & pains, lessening sugar cravings, helping to prevent breast cancer by balancing estrogen, and other important tasks.
>Testosterone helps build new bone to prevent osteoporosis, helps memory recall, energy and libido (when we also address adrenal fatigue.)
Years ago, we would be dead by now. Today, as we are living longer and longer, it is imperative that we recognize and acknowledge the importance of refilling our hormone receptors as we age, so we can:
-Feel our best
-Go the distance with a higher quality of life.
For a doctor to tell our client that she is “too old” for hormones makes no sense and is contrary to the biochemistry of our body. And we don’t “use hormones” or “take hormones,” we REFILL our depleting hormone receptors with Bioidentical hormones that are customized for each woman, based on her body’s needs.
This philosophy, based on study after study and written about in book after book (by doctors) is not part of medical school training. It is not standard of care. See, my Happy Hormone Cottage operates in the world of Functional Medicine, where we look at the whole body and work to fix issues. So in our world of WELLNESS, we REFILL hormone receptors, HEAL tired adrenal glands, CHECK the thyroid with a 10-point blood panel (as opposed to a 2-point panel offered by standard of care) so our women can feel their best BECAUSE they have the hormones they need doing the jobs that are critical for health and wellness. To me, this is not rocket science. It all just makes sense.
So when we go to our doctors for our check-ups and we have a conversation about our hormones, it is important to remember:
-doctors know what they know
-we know our bodies and how we feel
-we MUST own our journey and think for ourselves
We have permission to think for ourselves and make informed choices that serve us in our best interests. I think actress Viola Davis says it best, “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
I love this! Visit www.happyhormonecottage.com and then give us a call at 513-444-6343. Become a warrior for your wellness!