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WE MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT! September 30, 2013

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I heard someone say the other day, “You know are doing something right when you find you have enemies!”  This really resonates with me. Everywhere I turn there is more bad information after more bad information in the media about hormone replacement therapy. I have yet to read even one media “report” that doesn’t have drug companies agenda all over it. Each piece I read spews untruth after untruth. Why? To me the answer is obvious. It is all about money. If women and their doctors can be scared into believing that their one-size-fits-most hormone drug is the way to go, then women will be afraid to think for themselves and pursue other options for their best health naturally.  It does makes sense to me that when it comes to our health, the most obvious person to discuss concerns with is our doctor. But in this arena of women’s health, hormone balance, current standard of care is most definitely not behind the eight ball. Natural hormone balance is not taught in medical school, so most doctors simply aren’t in the know when it comes to personalized hormone therapy. I am not being critical of doctors. They know what they know.  It just doesn’t happen to be everything….and especially in this area of women’s health, when doctors are visited by drug rep after drug rep selling their latest hormone product, this continues to muddy the waters and perpetuate the misinformation and untruths. We DO have studies for our practitioners. Go to my website at www.happyhormonecottage.com and click on Recommended Reading and Resources. There is a Practitioner’s Resources section that is chock full of studies and information.  Our doctors need to be encouraged to read this latest information so their clients can feel validated and heard.
I read a comment on our Happy Hormone Facebook page this morning where a reader posted that she mentioned our Happy Hormone Cottage to her doctor and her doctor “went spastic.” Why is this? I responded to the reader that my experience has been that “Condemnation Without Investigation is the Height of Arrogance.”  I don’t know about anyone else, but if I broached a subject to my healthcare practitioner and s/he “went spastic,” I would look for another healthcare practitioner who is more open to hearing what I have to say and investigating that WITH me, instead of having a strong negative reaction. If we continue to do what we do, we will continue to get what we get. If women felt better by the “strategies” of their doctors, they wouldn’t be coming in droves to see me and my Happy Hormone Cottage. I get emails from women all over the country who can’t find a doctor to work with them in natural hormone balance. I guess if I kept reading and believing all of the misinformation and untruths being perpetuated in the media, I would probably be resistant as well. So it really is up to us to do the research and become educated, enlightened and empowered for our best health naturally.
Here is a study written by two doctors that is one of the best I have read. This would be one to share with your doctor. You can find it on my website’s Readings/Resources section. It is called “Hormone Therapy in the Geriatric Patient” by Dr Erika Schwartz and Dr Kent Holtorf. It talks about the tasks of hormones and why it is necessary to replace our hormone levels as they deplete with age. Two of the most important points of this study are:
1) “The scientific literature suggests that natural hormone supplementation with estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, and thyroid hormone has the potential to improve the quality of life and to prevent, or reverse, the many symptoms and conditions associated with aging including: fatigue, depression, weight gain, frailty, osteoporosis, loss of libido and heart disease.”
2) “By the year 2025, there will be 1.1 billion women older than 50 in the world. Women should no longer accept a pat on the back and an antidepressant as a best therapy for hormone imbalance symptoms, often caused by aging and its attendant loss of hormones. Physicians must expand their knowledge and expertise to be able to provide aging women with safe and effective approaches to aging–and provide them with sound information to help them with sound information to help them make the best decisions for their individual situation.”
This is my truth. We can’t believe the media articles by so-called experts. One recently came out that was so blatantly obviously written with the pharmaceutical industry’s agenda, we actually wrote a letter to the editor. These lies and untruths do so much damage to unsuspecting readers. You know, I began my Happy Hormone Cottage educational facility 4 years ago to listen to women, validate them, and educate them on their bodies. I have had to become a women’s healthcare advocate. It was never my intention. But someone has to do it. So now the question I ask is, “Why not me?”  Someone has to have women’s backs in this area of women’s health. Women have got to take their power back and fight for the truth for their bodies. We have to do the work, get the research, and think for ourselves. Our very lives depend on it.

And the Saga Continues……My Most Popular Blog Ever September 15, 2013

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I wrote a blog on January 8, 2012 that was so popular, I updated it on June 17, 2013 and I am still getting comments and questions on it. Just today I received 2 more emails from concerned users of the popular pellet strategy for hormone replacement. My heart goes out to these women. Read on:
Dear Lyn,
I saw your website and the comments made from others about their experiences using the pellets. I’ve been on bhrt for a year using the Soto Pellets for estradiol and testosterone, along with oral progesterone. Since beginning with these pellets, I have been having periods every two weeks, along with hair loss, facial hair growth, and a lack of energy. My doctor suggested that I cut back about half on the progesterone, which did not solve the problems.  Do you think I should cut back on the testosterone instead and if so, what dose would you suggest?
Your reply is appreciated. Thank you.

My response:
As you know from my blog and the resulting comments from other pellet-users, you understand that our truth is one replaces depleted hormone levels with bhrt that is customized for each individual and in physiological doses only. (the exact amount each body needs, based on accurate hormone levels that are checked in urine strip testing or saliva….not blood serum).
Pellets are supra physiological doses of testosterone (and sometimes estradiol) that are implanted about every 3 months underneath the skin of the hip or buttocks area. Obviously your body isn’t doing well with this strategy. (oral progesterone converts to allapregnenelone and not progesterone, so you aren’t really getting progesterone….but your doctors don’t know this? Why not? No one has ever told them this. But those of us who compound progesterone and recommend using progesterone as a topical cream or for vaginal use, know this fact).
I guess my question for you is this: “Your body obviously isn’t doing well with these pellet implantations, so why do you continue on?” Since you asked, my strong suggestion for you is that you let the last pellet implantation run its course and then do not get any more pellets. We just do not believe in using pellets for women. (to find out more, reread my blogs on pellets and side effects) We have had much success with checking hormone levels in urine strip testing or saliva, and then customizing dosing for each individual using topical or vaginal application of hormone creams; then continuing to listen to the body’s biofeedback to adjust dosing as needed. Check out my website’s testimonial section for confidence in our strategy. For further information, go to my website’s “Begin Your Journey” and/or call us at 513-444-6343.

Dear Lyn,
I just found your blog and have a question regarding the pellet. I just had my first testosterone pellet put in 2 months ago and am having severe hair loss. When I retested the testosterone level a month after having it inserted the level was 225. I am also on progesterone 2 weeks of the month.
I am not going to do anymore pellets. I am so worried and depressed over my hair loss.  Will it ever grow back? I am worried that my hair follicles have died and the hair won’t grow back. What can I do right away to help it?
Thanks so much for your help. I feel sick about this.

My response:
If I had a dollar for every email I get on pellets. You are my second one today alone.
I am so sorry for your experience and your resultant hair loss. I do have to ask you a question about your hair loss before I can help you. Is your hair loss all over your head, or is it more like male pattern baldness? The more information I have, the more I can guide you.
I would spread the word to your friends about your experience with pellets so this doesn’t happen to them. You can also file a complaint with the medical board in your state. If they get enough complaints, they most likely will investigate.  Certainly telling clients of potential side effects from pellet use would be considered, in my book, important information to share with prospective pellet users.
Looking forward to more details on your specific hair loss so I can help you.

Continuing to stay informed and educated on your best health naturally is critical. My biggest mission in life is to continue to educate women on optimal hormone balance using topical hormone creams in physiological dosing, AND to continue to clear up the confusion about bhrt. There is so much misinformation in the media, at our doctors’ offices, with current standard of care. The truth is, personalized (customized) bhrt has been done in Europe for 30 years and we have many studies on their importance and significance. I urge you to continue to question your beliefs so you can get to the truth.  Please go to my website’s Recommended Readings and Resources section to read more.

FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY REFLECTION August 21, 2013

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Four years ago today, I opened my tiny little cottage in the Heart of Centerville. My intention was simply to talk with women. Through my own journey with hormone imbalance issues, and in my ongoing conversations with women of all ages, I recognized the desperate need for a safe place for women to come, tell their story, be heard, understood and validated and most importantly, to be educated on their bodies and hormone imbalance symptoms. I knew that I was one of the lucky few. I had a husband who became a compounding pharmacist because of my emergency radical hysterectomy and potential hormone issues. He was not about to let happen to me, what he saw happening to his clients on a daily basis when they would come to his pharmacy to pick up their prescription hormone products. He saw women in my situation with 40 pound weight gain, irritability, depression, anxiety, no energy, brain fog and no libido. He made the decision that this was not going to happen on his watch. So he went to Houston, Texas to be trained as a compounding pharmacist. When I returned to my ob gyn for my 10 follow up appointment after surgery, Jeff went with me and was able to talk my open-minded doctor into allowing me to be open to the possibilities of compounded, personalized bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. The result? I didn’t gain 40 pounds (or any weight). I didn’t experience any of the issues typical of women with hormone imbalance; especially those women having a radical hysterectomy (ovaries removed). I didn’t have brain fog, fatigue, sleeplessness or low libido. Obviously we were on to something! But in speaking with women, what I found their reality to be left much to be desired. Most of the women I met in their mid 30′s and 40′s (and beyond) were on an antidepressant, a sleeping aid or an estrogen-of-the-month club product. None had had their hormone levels checked, none were feeling better, all had fatigue, low libido and had lost their joy of life. I knew I had to get the word out about their options for a more natural approach to their best health naturally.  So I hung a sign at the rustic little cottage behind the Joli Boutique in Centerville and the rest is history! Women showed up! They were validated, educated, offered hope and empowered to have a dialogue with their doctor that leveled the playing field in hopes they would have an easier time getting their needs met. These women talked to their inner circle, and the word spread. Today, we have Happy Hormone Cottages in Kettering, Vandalia, Mason, Northern Kentucky and two in St. Louis, Missouri.
The most exciting part for me is that women who want the help, who own their journey, who have what it takes to get their needs met (assertiveness, patience, determination and a sense of humor) are feeling better! What I have learned is my truth–that what we place our attention on determines the quality of our lives. I have learned that when we know better, we do better and that it IS necessary to question our beliefs. I have also learned that I can’t please everyone and I most certainly can’t own anyone else’s journey, no matter how badly I want to. Each woman is in charge of her own health and I can only help the ones who want to be helped and are willing to put in the time, effort and resources necessary to fix her hormone imbalance. What we offer, a strategy for getting tested, treated and better does cost money….but I think it is a reasonable cost. How much is one’s best health worth? My answer is “priceless,” but every woman needs to decide that for herself. I have learned that if we, as women, do nothing to own our own journey to our best health naturally, TODAY is the best day we will have. I have learned that we ARE worth it to be put back on our own list and take care of ourselves so we CAN take care of our family. I have learned that women have to be patient with our therapy so they CAN feel better. My question is always, “How long have you not felt well? We do need some time (typically 3 weeks to 3 months) to refill hormone receptors so we CAN feel better.” I also know that we can’t isolate body systems to fix them. We have to look at the body holistically and impact adrenal and thyroid health as well as the sex hormones, and that this is just the FIRST step to wellness.
I was listening to a CD by Tara Brach the other day and she asked the question, “What does your heart most want?” After giving this deep thought, I decided that what my heart wants the most is for the women I come into contact with every single day, to feel heard, understood, valued and most of all to know that they matter. Oprah once said, “Everyone just wants to know they matter to someone.” This is my truth. I want to continue to positively impact women’s lives every day so that they know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that more than anything, they DO matter to someone. They matter to me.

EXCITING VALIDATION FOR NATURAL HORMONE THERAPY! August 5, 2013

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A recent study by 2 well respected doctors in our field, Erika Schwartz, MD and Kent Holtorf, MD, is really exciting for me to read because it validates what I have know for a long time- that replacing depleted hormone levels, that deplete naturally through the aging process, is the key to living a longer, higher quality life! This study, also on my website under Recommended  Resources and Readings, “Hormone Replacement Therapy in the Geriatric Patient: Current State of the Evidence” clears up misconceptions and confusion in this area of synthetic hormones vs bioidentical hormones that is prevalent in current standard of care. Check out this next information:
“By the year 2025, there will be 1.1 billion women older than the age of 50 in the world. The magnitude and significance of this number must be addressed from the perspective of the primary care practitioner who is now faced with an exploding number of aging women seeking to maintain, and even improve, their health. In these authors’ opinions, women who are menopausal and postmenopausal should no longer accept a pat on the back and an antidepressant as a best therapy for postmenopausal symptoms often caused by aging and its attendant loss of hormones. We as physicians need to expand our knowledge and expertise to be able to provide aging women with safe and effective approaches to aging-to provide then with sound information to help them make the best decisions for their individual situation.” Yes! This is what I have been preaching for the past 4 years and exactly WHY I opened my Happy Hormone Cottage in the first place. What we do at our HHC, natural hormone replacement therapy, IS science-based medicine. Just because it is not yet a part of current standard of care does not mean it is not valid or backed up by study after study. What we do is personalized care, meaning we compound individual therapies from a doctor’s prescription for each individual, based on his or her body’s needs. This is as opposed to taking a drug for the masses with a one-size-fits-most dosing, made by a pharmaceutical company. Our studies and science-based information IS out there. It needs to be studied and understood by our physicians for our best over-all health.
The study continues with the following perspective: “With the transition of the baby boomers into the geriatric population, a significant movement away from the disease-centric model and toward PREVENTION AND WELLNESS maintenance and enhancement is taking place. The scientific literature suggests that hormone supplementation with estrogen, progesterone testosterone, growth hormone, and thyroid hormone has the potential to improve the quality of life and to prevent, or reverse, the many symptoms and conditions associated with aging, including fatigue, depression, weight gain, frailty, osteoporosis, loss of libido and heart disease. When attempting to find the ideal balance for the individual patient, physicians should be concerned not only with improving their patients’ life spans, but also their HEALTH SPANS-the duration of time a person experiences a high-quality, vigorous, and enjoyable life.” Yes, yes, yes! This is why my Happy Hormone Cottage is a Wellness Facility. We understand that optimal hormone balance (this means measuring hormone levels and replacing depleted levels with physiological dosing in the exact amounts the body needs….and maintaining these optimal levels for life) is just the FIRST step to wellness. From here we can move on to cardiovascular health and addressing metabolic syndrome (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, weight gain).
The study concludes with, “In summary, based on the literature reviewed and the state of the evidence in our clinical experiences that span decades and includes tens of thousands of women the authors believe that aging women should not be deprived of hormone therapies. Many studies and practical clinical experience demonstrate on an ongoing basis the safety and efficacy of bioidentical hormones (the HHC believes these should be personalized and customized physiological dosings based on the individual needs of each woman) for improved well-being, elimination of symptoms of menopause, and even prevention of chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, hyperlipidemia, clotting disorders and atherosclerosis. We also recommend the individual physician become well versed in the scientific literature presented in this article and work with each patient individually to provide her with the best possible care.”  Amen! I couldn’t have said this better myself!
For more information or to make an appointment for your first step on your journey to wellness, email us at info@happyhormonecottage.com or call us at 513-444-6343. Kentucky women, email kentuckyinfo@happyhormonecottage.com and call 859-360-6696. We are women helping women and we look forward to serving you!

MY MOST POPULAR BLOG EVER! June 17, 2013

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My January 8, 2012 blog “I Get Asked This Question A Lot” has generated much discussion that is still on-going today. What’s all the fuss about? The use of pellets as a hormone replacement option and why we at our HHC simply don’t believe in them as a viable hormone balance strategy for women. A client of mine told me she was at her young son’s baseball game recently and overheard a woman behind her saying how she had just gotten her first pellet implantation. She turned around and said, “Oh, I’m so sorry! You need to go to the Happy Hormone Cottage!” I think our nurse practitioner says it best when she says, “Topical hormone creams are better!” So what is all the fuss about? Let me explain!
Pellets are small implantable fused hormones that are typically testosterone and maybe estradiol, that are inserted under the skin of the hip with local anesthesia. Usually pellets are reinserted every 3 months. Clinical studies were done in men to determine dosing and men were given dosing every 4-5 months. The dose for women was extrapolated from the doses for men, and herein lies the problem:  women tend to need more insertions (about every 3 months) and there is an unpredictable conversion to dht (dihydrotestosterone) and/or estradiol. Some women do fine on pellets, while others, if they convert mostly to estradiol, will gain weight. If these women convert these pellet implants mainly to dht, they will start showing masculinizing symptoms such as:  male pattern baldness, facial and body hair, acne and voice deepening, among other serious health issues. And once these issues develop, it is too late. The damage has already been done. Symptoms often materialize after the 3rd and 4th pellet insertion (i.e. about a year). Another concern is that these pellets often lead to extremely elevated levels of testosterone that is much higher than normal female physiology.
For me personally, pellets for women simply don’t make sense. All that testosterone being implanted continuously has to go somewhere. Women simply aren’t meant to metabolize all that testosterone. And when it converts to estrogen it is problematic. Women over the age of 35 are already estrogen dominant. This is the weight gain piece. Remember these 5 words:
“ESTROGEN IS A FAT STORER!” So why would I want to put even more estrogen into my already estrogen dominant body? Even more importantly is the fact that estrogen dominance can lead to a heightened risk of breast cancer. So for me to put anything in my body with this risk just doesn’t make sense.
What we do at our HHC that sets us apart is that we DOSE OUR TOPICAL HORMONE CREAMS PHYSIOLOGICALLY for our bodies. When considering hormone balance, it is important to balance the 3 major sex hormones of estradiol, progesterone and testosterone. In fact, our first line of defense at our HHC is always progesterone. What we know is that women who are still having their monthly cycles don’t need estrogen. So we never give estrogen to women who are still having regular periods. We check your hormone levels first (using cutting edge urine analysis from Precision Analytical Lab) and then we customize your hormone replacement therapy for you and each individual client. It is this physiological dosing that achieves hormone balance. When we give each woman the hormone dose SHE needs with a daily application of her topical cream and we adjust this dosing slightly over time, based on the biofeedback from HER body, AND we recheck these levels annually to maintain this hormone balance, we have happy women who are issue-free. And isn’t this the point of hormone replacement therapy? To restore hormone balance as an anti-aging strategy AND to prevent disease? And for how long do we recommend we use this natural hormone replacement therapy? My response is a frank, “Until we are dead!” Why wouldn’t we do this? As we age and our bodies lose their ability to make their own hormones so the risk of disease increases, and we have found a reliable, safe and responsible way to restore this balance with physiological dosing of topical hormone creams, why in heaven’s name would we ever stop?

Let’s Work Together to Save Bioidentical Hormones June 7, 2013

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Let’s Work Together to Save Bioidentical  Hormones

June 6, 2013

The U.S. Senate is about to give the FDA unprecedented new powers, which would include the right to ban bioidentical hormones. We need to act now to prevent this from happening. Otherwise, we will soon lose access to a safe, effective, and valuable therapy that many Whitaker Wellness patients and others depend on.

I urge you to contact your Senators and Congressman today by going to the website www.mymedsmatter.com and sending each one an email instructing them to oppose S.959, which gives the FDA the authority to restrict and eliminate bioidentical hormones.

The U.S. Senate will vote on S.959 within the next 2 weeks, so we must act now to stop this bill from passing.

To learn more about this proposed legislation and how you can help stop it, read the information below from my friend and colleague, Steven F. Hotze, MD.

Senate Prepares to Pass Bill Giving FDA
Authority to Ban Bio-Identical Hormones

The U.S. Senate is preparing to give the FDA the right to ban your bio-identical hormones. You need to act now to prevent this from happening.

You need to contact your Senators and Congressman today by going to the website www.mymedsmatter.com and send them an email, instructing them to oppose S.959. The provisions contained in S.959 give the FDA the authority to restrict and eliminate the bioidentical hormones upon which millions of women and men depend.

Five years ago, the FDA tried to ban the most commonly compounded bio-identical hormone treatments. The agency failed because it did not have the authority to do so, but S.959 would give the FDA the authority to do that and much more.

On May 22, 2013, the U.S. Senate Health, Energy, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved S.959, which would give FDA unprecedented control over compounding pharmacies and the medications upon which patients depend. Currently, all pharmacies, including compounding pharmacies, are under the jurisdiction of their respective state boards of pharmacy. Now the FDA wants to regulate compounding pharmacies and help Big Pharma by eliminating the competition of bio-identical hormones.

The U.S. Senate will vote on S.959 within the next 2 weeks, so you must act now to stop this bill from passing.

S.959 is in response to a tragedy caused by contaminated injections distributed by New England Compounding Center (NECC), which had no connection with bio-identical hormones.  The FDA already has the authority to prevent the recurrence of that tragedy, but Big Pharma is using this as an excuse to eliminate competition by compounding pharmacies that do not even sell such injections.

Now, having proved itself incompetent in dealing with the NECC, the FDA wants to expand its jurisdiction over thousands of compounding pharmacies which ultimately will lead to banning bio-identical hormones and other compounded medications upon which millions of patients rely.   

Here’s the short version on how S.959 can harm you and interfere with your access to the bio-identical hormones that you take:

1)    This bill would give the FDA the right to ban certain components of compounded bio-identical hormones if, in the opinion of the FDA, they pose “public health concerns.” In 2005, Wyeth, a pharmaceutical company, filed a complaint with the FDA, asking that all bio-identical hormones that contained the human estrogen hormone estriol be banned. Estriol is one of the most common components of bio-identical hormones, so this action would have disrupted the lives of countless women. The FDA ignored the voices and comments of more than 77,000 patients and physicians who opposed the Wyeth complaint and three years later in 2008 they sided with Wyeth, even though the FDA could not document a single adverse event with estriol. Fortunately, the FDA did not have the authority to enforce its decision in 2008.  If S.959passes, then the FDA would have that authority.

2)    FDA would be given the authority to ban your bio-identical hormones by declaring them to be “similar” to the drug-company drugs which are counterfeit hormones.

The FDA has been openly hostile to bio-identical hormones and compounding pharmacies for over 20 years. The FDA only recognizes bio-identical hormone therapy as a marketing term. With this hostile attitude that refuses to even recognize this important medication that millions of women take, what do you think FDA will do when they get full authority to determine whether women can have access to bio-identical hormones? Drug companies would love to eliminate the competition for their synthetic counterfeit hormones.

Please go to www.mymedsmatter.com today and email your Senators and Congressmen and have them oppose S.959. We are all for increased safety, but the NECC tragedy should not be used to deny you the bio-identical hormones that you need. Tell Congress what you think. Click here to enter your ZIP Code and address and send emails to Congress!

“IT SAVED MY LIFE! EVERY WOMAN SHOULD READ THIS!” June 2, 2013

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I came across a blog posting recently at myfitnesspal.com with the title, “I got my life back and lost weight too.” The first sentences really caught my eye when the blogger says, “It saved my life! Every woman should read this.” So I did (!) and discovered it was about my Happy Hormone Cottage! Read what she says:

“I was diagnosed with about everything under the sun and put on just about every medication known to man and none of them worked. I was obese and addicted to food. I had horrible food cravings like a drug addict. I had no energy. I was depressed, anxious and nervous all the time. I had anxiety and panic attacks that landed me in the emergency room. I cried constantly over nothing. I had severe insomnia. I was diabetic. I had digestive problems and mysterious aches pains and random rashes. I was moody, cranky and sometimes downright hateful and mean. My periods were irregular and erratic. I had clotting and all kinds of awful things. I had severe headaches frequently and atleast a mild headache every day. Most days I couldn’t even leave my house and some days I couldn’t get out of bed. almost every day of my life I wished I was dead and some days I would actually research ways to kill myself on the internet (if you feel like this seek help immediately because there is always light at the end of the tunnel) and vow that as soon as my kids graduated from high school and moved out I would end my misery.

nobody would help me and the few people who did care enough to help were clueless as to what the problem could possibly be so I did the research on my own and it took me about 3 or 4 years to figure it out but I finally did, I had a severe hormonal imbalance. A hormonal imbalance can create all kinds of problems from barely noticeable to severe and it’s easy to diagnose and fix. I found an amazing place called The Happy Hormone Cottage where I got tested and discovered that I was estrogen dominant and did not have enough progesterone and now I am on an all natural bio-identical progesterone cream which is very inexpensive. I take it once a day and rub the cream into my wrists. I have only been on it for 6 months and all of my symptoms are gone. I have tons of energy, no food cravings, no depression, anxiety, panic attacks. I’m no longer diabetic and I sleep fine at night and no more headaches. I’ve also lost 42 pounds in 6 months and I haven’t even started to exercise yet. It also treats PMS and PMDD. This is something that everyone should look into just to be sure. not having enough progesterone can also cause pcos and miscarriages. A healthy progesterone level helps you carry a baby to term and give birth to a healthy baby.

I don’t think anyone should have to go through what I went through not even for a day. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy so if I can help even one person get help it is definitely worth it.

The Happy Hormone Cottage is in Ohio but everything can be done over the phone or computer so they can help anyone in any state all over the USA. There are also other companies that do the same thing it doesn’t matter which one you go to as long as you make sure it is all natural bio identical hormones and not synthetic. It does require a prescription from your doctor and is completely safe. your doctor will determine from your test results if you need it and how much you need. I know this is a weight loss site and I’m posting it here because before I got on the progesterone I couldn’t lose weight no matter what I tried and believe me I tried EVERYTHING but now that I’ve got the progesterone the weight is just falling off which is just an added bonus. The best thing is I’m happy again and I got my life back.. I hope this helps. Good luck everyone and God bless.”

I am SO very happy we could help and have such a positive, life-changing effect on someone’s life. But this is what we do every day. We ARE women helping women. And we DO make a difference every single day. And now that we have our own nurse practitioner on staff, we are so happy that we can impact women without current standard of care standing in our way. But I do disagree with the writer of the blog above when she says, “The Happy Hormone Cottage is in Ohio and they can help others in any state because much of what they do can be done over the phone and computer. But there are other companies who do the same things. Your doctor will determine from your test results if you need hormone therapy and how much….” This is simply NOT true. I actually do NOT know of any other company who does what we do:
-offer an initial free consultation
-offer easy, affordable, cutting edge take home testing for hormone levels in several key areas
-write the recommendation FOR the practitioner
-offer a second free consultation to go over how to use the therapy and supplements
-provide free monthly follow up phone calls and emails
-provide excellent customer service that is immediate and validating
-provide access to the compounding pharmacists who make the therapy and write the
recommendations
-provide holistic health care in the realm of Functional Medicine that focuses on disease
prevention and anti-aging
To go to your doctor and have him/her check hormone levels in anything other than blood serum is rare (almost unheard of) and most healthcare practitioners certainly do not have the training to be able to write a strategy for natural, optimal hormone balance. We just have not found this approach to be successful. This is why we like to partner with doctors who are open to being mentored in all of the nuances of customized, compounded hormone therapy. Those doctors who allow us to do so are the ones with the most satisfied clients. And we can help you find those doctors in other states. We look forward to serving you!

COTTAGE HAPPENINGS! May 14, 2013

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We have lots going on at our Happy Hormone Cottage facilities! Women are happy, we are growing, and blessed to be changing the face of hormone imbalance on a daily basis. I think over the past 4 years, what has been most impactful for me, is the opportunity I have had to speak with women about the truth of hormone imbalance: what it looks like, why it happens, and what they can do about it. As an educator of over 30 years and a public speaker, I have had the privilege of speaking to many women about this natural aging process and the latest research on ways to help prevent disease by reestablishing optimal hormone balance as naturally as possible AND make this their first step to wellness. My mantra for the year continues to be “What We Place Our Attention On Determines The Quality of Our Lives,” and I continue to not only live this in my own life, but stress this importance to the women I work with, speak with and meet. My message is always the same: YOU are in charge of your journey so YOU will have to do what it takes for YOUR best health naturally. And because this message is different than what we traditionally hear at our healthcare practitioners’ offices, you DO have permission to DO WHAT IT TAKES to meet the needs of your body as you age, with preventative measures that work to fix our health issues, and not just band-aid them.
With our continuing quest to stay on the cutting edge of all things hormonal, we are very excited to announce our partnership with Precision Analytical Lab and their forward-thinking technology with testing hormone levels in urine. This super simple take-home kit uses urine samples on strips of paper to analyze not only our sex hormones, but also cortisol, metabolites and the methylation pathway. We are finding this information to be extremely helpful for our women in not only measuring current hormone levels of new clients, but also for our women currently on hormone therapy. The risk of contamination from the topical hormone creams is significantly reduced and the information we can collect allows us to make the best recommendation we can for our clients on their hormone journey. The cost of this kit is comparable to our saliva testing and is reimbursable by many insurance providers.
Finally, we are pleased to announce the addition of our own Nurse Practitioner, Angela Rothstein, to our Kettering and Mason facilities. She is working with us full time to meet with our clients to start them on their journey to wellness, as well as to work with them on the successful continuation of their hormone journey. She will work closely with Jeff in not only hormone balance, but also in Functional Medicine, so we can continue to focus on holistic health, anti-aging and disease prevention. Women can also meet with Angela on our new weight loss program, which is a special passion of hers. The beauty of working with Angela is you can still keep your current ob gyn for your gyn needs and see Angela for your BHRT needs. If you are currently working with a doctor who is not meeting your expectations in this area, you are also free to come in and meet with Angela. Please call us at 513-444-6343 for more information and to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!

In Speaking with Women April 14, 2013

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I recently spoke to 3 women’s groups….on the same day. I probably won’t do that again because I found even I have limits to what I can do in one day (!), but I found the whole experience to be enriching, enlightening, and empowering! What it reinforced for me was that women’s needs really are universal. We all have the need to be seen, heard and validated; for our stories to be believed; and for our needs to be met. I know from first-hand experience that we put ourselves last on our list….if we even make our list at all….and women are tired. We are multi-tasking nurturers who hold our families together and the amount of energy we expend every day is astounding! So it is no wonder when I speak to groups of women, no matter how large or small, I see women who are giving it all they’ve got……and sometimes it just isn’t enough. So what to do? I think where we come in at our Happy Hormone Cottage is we GET what women are going through. We understand because we have been there. So we listen, we evaluate and then we help devise a strategy to bring back our joy of life. Here is what I know- typically right around age 35, women’s progesterone levels begin to deplete, and sometimes this happens at an even younger age. We are working with a 24 year old currently, whose progesterone levels were low. How do we know this? Because we checked them! She is now in her 3rd month on our hormone therapy & a supplements (progesterone and adrenal vitamins, along with vitamin D)and she emailed me yesterday that she feels so much better, “I am a 9 out of 10 and so excited to feel so much better!”  This is the same gal whose was prescribed 3 antidepressants and a sleeping aid by her healthcare practitioner. When she asked about having her hormone levels checked, the response was, “You are way too young to be having hormone issues.” I am so happy for her that she listened to her mother (also a client of ours) who urged her to come and see us. These are the success stories we love to hear about! And especially from someone so young. What we know is that no matter what the age, when our progesterone levels begin to deplete, we can experience symptoms that can rob us of our joy of life, because progesterone is responsible for sleep, anxiety, depression, mood, aches & pains, sugar cravings and balancing estrogen to help prevent breast cancer. Compound this with exhausted adrenal glands, that can also negatively impact the thyroid….and we have tired women! So listening to women and then validating their journey is where it all begins for us! Once we educate them to hopefully “level the playing field,” they can speak with their own healthcare practitioner, to be open to the possibilities. See, I may not know a lot, but I do have a couple of truths that I live by:
-people do what is most important to them
-what we place our attention on, determines the quality of our lives
-when we know better, we do better
So I just want to continue to be open to the possibilities and to continue to positively impact women’s lives. I feel like we have paved the way for our women to at least begin to dialogue with their doctors to also be open to the possibilities. Together, we CAN make a difference in our best lives naturally!

“Your Facility Changed My Sister’s Life” March 20, 2013

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I just received the following email:
“Hello,
My sister told me her visit to your facility changed her life. Is there a doctor you would recommend in the Las Vegas area who can help me regulate my hormones? Thank you so much. Allison”
I love getting these types of emails. After all, our passion for women helping women is what we DO. It IS life changing for those with the courage and strength to pursue this alternative to current standard of care. Does what we do help every single woman? The short answer is “No.” We work with women who get to their doctor’s office, don’t get approval on our recommendations, so just go home. They don’t have what it takes: grit, determination, the confidence to choose their experiences over their beliefs or the beliefs of their doctor, energy etc to get their needs met. So what we do does not help these women because they won’t allow it. I have to say that our goal is both educating our women in customized bioidentical hormone replacement therapy AND empowering them so they CAN pursue their journey. And if they hit a brick wall, they have the strength and confidence to keep going and, with our help, find another practitioner to work with. Luckily, we now have our own doctor who works with us at our facility (as well as his own), so our triad of the client, the doctor and us is a successful closed system. Our clients who go to our doctor DO get their needs met. They are heard, validated, and our recommendation for their natural hormone balance is approved. Then we can offer the on-going support that helps make this journey successful. What makes customized, compounded bhrt different is that we listen to our body’s biofeedback to adjust dosing. Because we have the compounding pharmacist with us who actually makes our natural hormone therapy, our doctors depend on his knowledge and expertise to guide them in making adjustments to dosing. In fact, one of the biggest advantages to using customized bhrt is that we CAN adjust dosing as needed. Notice how this is so much different than using the popular estrogen patch, that ob gyns prescribe for the common hormone imbalance complaint of hot flashes. This is all estradiol all the time, and way too strong. AND, women over the age of 35 are already estrogen dominant, so how does one justify putting even more estrogen into the system? This would be like inflating a tire already full of air with even more air. Is it necessary? Does it make sense? Not to us. Especially when we know that estrogen is a FAT STORER. This is why women complain of weight gain, brain fog and have an increased risk for breast cancer…it is this estrogen dominant component. So using the estrogen patch, estrogen gel or popular “estrogen product of the month” doesn’t make sense to us.
To answer Allison’s email, yes we can help her even in Las Vegas! She can connect with us via phone for her consultation, do her hormone testing through us, we can write her recommendation for her natural hormone balance and we can guide her in how to find a doctor in her area. But where the rubber meets the road-at the doctor’s office-THIS piece of the journey is all on her. SHE will have to have the strength and courage to get her needs met. And, yes, this may mean going to more than one doctor. It does take time to find the right doctor for us. And make no mistake. We DO know our bodies better than anyone and we have permission to put our experiences above our beliefs and to question our beliefs and the beliefs of our doctors. Be prepared to do so. It is all part of the journey to our best health naturally. It may not be the easiest path, but it is necessary as our FIRST step to wellness. We deserve nothing less.