When Lyn Hogrefe started the Happy Hormone Cottage nearly ten years ago, she had one mission… to talk with women. She wanted to share the facts about hormones, health, and disease prevention since she had lived it through her own experience. Years earlier, Lyn needed a hysterectomy and she knew it would launch her into surgical menopause. Lyn’s husband Jeff, a pharmacist, knew what Lyn was about to experience because he saw it every day through his work. Jeff went back to school to learn how to compound bio-identical hormones so his wife wouldn’t suffer through the effects of menopause from lack of hormones… “Not on his watch” as Jeff put it.
Lyn had such great results with her compounded bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) that she started talking with other women about it – women were drawn to her energy, youthful appearance and healthy glow. After teaching school for 30 years, Lyn had a passion for education. Friends encouraged her to start talking with groups of women, so she started hosting, “Happy Hormone Hours”. Women showed up by the dozens. A local shop owner in Centerville observed Lyn filling a niche so she offered up a small stone cottage behind her boutique where Lyn could “talk with women”. Following a hand-shake-deal, a shingle went up outside of this tiny one-room building which had no electricity, heat or running water… and the Happy Hormone Cottage was born. A chat at the Happy Hormone Cottage consisted of two women, a teapot and a box of tissues. Lyn offered a warm and cozy environment where hormone imbalance issues could be validated. The tissues sopped up tears as women shared their negative experiences with drugs and physicians. Many had been told their symptoms were in their head, or they’d been prescribed anti-depressants, anti-anxieties, sleeping pills, pain pills, etc. when all they really wanted was to understand why they felt so bad.
The two women would sip tea as they shared stories and found common ground. Lyn would then lead the conversation into educating the women on how to address their core issues instead of masking symptoms with synthetic drugs. She gave women options and she taught the value of BHRT not just for symptom relief but also for overall health and disease prevention. She would suggest women undergo hormone testing then take the test results to their healthcare practitioner who would work with her compounding pharmacist husband to develop an individual wellness strategy.
Clearly there was a need to be filled as the demand for Lyn’s guidance quickly outgrew the confines of the tiny cottage. Lyn leased office space and hired more women to handle the volume of requests for chats (which evolved into consultations). She also had to buy computers and develop a client database. Gone were the simple notepads that stored records. Today, there are three Happy Hormone Cottage offices along the I75 growth corridor in Mason, Centerville and Vandalia. Their headquarters are at their new IHC (Integrative Hormone Center) & Pharmacy in Centerville.
Lyn never envisioned the booming business her little cottage would become. She is a living example of how a passion can be more valuable than a business plan and how a simple idea can impact the lives of thousands of women.
The teapot is now a Keurig but much has stayed the same, Lyn’s mission is still at the heart of the business, two women still sit to chat and the box of tissue remains in its place while tears are shed and feelings are validated.
I recently reread this interview with Suzanne Somers and was struck by its relevance today-15 years later. This article was published October 2004. I had my radical hysterectomy in the spring of 2004. Thanks to Suzanne’s incredibly knowledgeable books and the innovative work of my compounding pharmacist husband, I began using my bioidentical hormone replacement therapy that year, and opened my Happy Hormone Cottage 5 years later, in 2009. The rest, as they say, is history. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to help thousands of women from all over the country during the last 10 years rebalance their hormones naturally for their higher quality of life. I can’t wait for the next 10 years!
I’ve taken the liberty of sharing Suzanne’s interview with Life Extension magazine below. The only major development that we have adopted since this interview took place in 2004 is that we now use cutting edge DUTCH (dried urine test comprehensive hormones) instead of blood for the amazing amount of information it provides.
Aging can be brutal for men and women alike. Women often experience weight gain, diminished sex drive, hot flashes, memory loss, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. Aging men likewise ex
perience a loss of energy, stamina, and sex drive.
After years of being thin, fit, and full of energy, actress and best-selling author Suzanne Somers encountered what she calls the “Seven Dwarfs of Menopause”: Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Sleepy, Bloated, Forgetful, and All-Dried-Up. Rather than live the rest of her life feeling cranky, tired, and irritable, Suzanne set out to discover how to regain her mind, body, and life. Her search led her to bioidentical hormones—natural hormones that mimic the hormones produced in our bodies, which are almost completely lost with aging. With recent medical research pointing to the dangers of synthetic hormone replacement therapy, growing numbers of women—and men—are searching for natural alternatives to relieve the symptoms of menopause and andropause.
Having regained her health and happiness, and determined to spread the word, Suzanne has written a new best-selling book, The Sexy Years: Discover the Hormone Connection. In it, she describes her own research and experiences, shares the expertise of leading doctors in the field of women’s and men’s health, and offers practical advice and tools to help aging women and men turn their lives around. Suzanne recently sat down with Life Extension’s William Faloon to discuss her book and how bioidentical hormones have enabled her and others to approach the second half of life with joy and anticipation.
William Faloon: Suzanne, let me start by saying how enthused we are that you could join us and share your message about the life-altering effects of hormone replacement therapy.
Suzanne Somers: I’m privileged to be able to put this message out because I think it’s so important. It changed my life so much, I feel it’s something that others need to know about.
WF: I had the same personal experience at the age of 44. I was testosterone deficient, and I began using testosterone cream and Arimidex®, and my life just totally turned around.
SS: My son is 40, an athlete, in great physical shape, he eats right and works out, and he has a great business. He found out that he was testosterone deficient. He just kept saying, “I’m losing my energy.” I sent him to my doctor. She did his blood work and discovered he was low in testosterone, DHEA, and growth hormone. Now, after hormone replacement, he feels amazing.
WF: Many of our members are aware of hormone replacement therapy. What’s significant is that you’re now promoting it in a way that I think everyone will understand it—unlike all these scientific books that may be over some people’s heads.
SS: I’m fascinated by physiology and always have been. I’ve been able to take the medical reports and put them into what I call “easy speak,” so we all can understand it. This information is so important, but it can seem overwhelming if it’s not explained well.
WF: It’s easy for you and I to comprehend it, yet medical doctors tell me, “Well, I don’t know how to read a hormone profile blood report, so therefore I won’t prescribe hormones.” To which I say, “Gee, the reference ranges are right there in the report, it’s not that difficult.”
SS: One of the things I uncovered in researching this book is that all doctors, including gynecologists, have only had approximately four hours of instruction in the whole hormonal system. A nurse called me on the air the other day and said, “I just finished your book, and I agree with you. When I was in nursing school, we had only four lines in our textbook relative to hormones.”
Today’s technology, which is fantastic, will keep us alive to 90 or 100 years old, but science has not made plans for our quality of life. I love the idea of living to be 90 or 100, but I don’t want to be senile or have Alzheimer’s or a weak heart or type II diabetes or tubes up my nose or be in a wheelchair.
This book was the most advantage I’ve ever taken of celebrity. I used my name to call everybody, and all the doctors I interviewed took my calls and were so forthcoming. What they all told me is that they feel that hormonal imbalance is at the root of every human ailment and disease.
Before we start doing surgery and giving out drugs, the first thing that should be done is to take a hormone panel, see where the hormone levels are, know what normal levels are for that person’s age and gender, and restore them to balance. This applies even to a toddler who a doctor would normally put on Ritalin®. There are so many children on Ritalin®, it doesn’t seem right. They should test the blood of small children and see if the reason they’re so hyperactive or have ADHD is due to a hormonal imbalance. Short-term hormone therapy is not a drug and it’s not anywhere near as harsh as Ritalin®.
WF: So you feel the benefits of hormone replacement are not limited to aging women and men?
SS: The same thing applies for teenagers with raging hormones and alarming suicide rates. The doctors predict that in the future, if your teenager’s are acting wacky, you’ll take them to a hormone specialist, do a blood test, check their hormone levels, and restore them by stabilizing their moods and chemicals.
It also applies for women who give birth. When they cut that umbilical cord from us, all our progesterone leaves us. Progesterone is our feel-good hormone, and that is what postpartum depression is all about. Just look at the case of someone like Andrea Yates, the woman who drowned all five of her children. Maybe she was schizophrenic and heard voices and that was it, but it could also have been that she was so depleted of progesterone that she became delusional, which can also happen.
For menopausal women, hormone replacement is obvious, and for andropausal men, it’s obvious. I don’t know if people know this, but we women lose 90% of our hormones over a two-year period. It’s such a dramatic change.
WF: We appreciate how often you emphasize the critical importance of blood testing.
SS: Yes, absolutely. This is not guesswork or haphazard. Hormonal balancing can’t be too much or too little. Even with bioidentical hormones—which are real hormones, as opposed to synthetic hormones that are not real hormones but are drugs—you don’t want too much or too little. Because when we were young and produced a full complement of hormones, we had a steady stream of just the right amount coursing through our bodies 24 hours a day. At my age, when 90% of my hormones left me over a two-year period, what my doctor did was take my blood work, see where my levels were, prescribe a bioidentical prescription from the compounding pharmacy, and put back exactly what I needed. When that happened, the quality of my life came back in a way that was better than it had ever been. To be in my metabolic prime with these bio-identical hormones, and then to add to it the wisdom and perspective that comes with aging, it’s about as good as it gets. It’s better than being 20, 30, or 40.
WF: What age were you when your hormones were restored?
SS: I went into menopause on my fiftieth birthday, literally at my fiftieth birthday party. I’ve been on hormones for seven years. They’ve absolutely changed my life and my husband’s life. I am so easy to live with because I’m hormonally balanced. I truly wake up happy almost every morning of my life, feeling joyous. It’s not a stoned feeling or a false good feeling like an antidepressant would give you, it’s just balanced joy.
WF: Feeling young in and of itself is a wonderful effect.
SS: Yes. For example, lets say that you’re a man on your fiftieth birthday. You’re feeling good, virile and energetic, your muscles are cut and defined, you’ve been working out, you’re in good shape, you can lift things that other people can’t, and you’ve got your creative energy, vitality, and sexual drive. Now, imagine if I said to you that starting on your fiftieth birthday, you’re not going to sleep anymore, because there are no hormones to regulate your body temperature. It feels like the worst fever you’ve ever had, off and on, all day and all night, which makes it impossible for you to sleep. You’re going to forget everything, because there are no nutrients going to your brain. You’re going to cry a lot because you haven’t been sleeping. You’re going to fly off the handle because your chemicals are so out of balance that you aren’t in control of your temper. You’re going to bloat, even if you’re not eating anything. Your ankles and wrists are going to be swollen; in fact, your whole body is going to be kind of swollen and uncomfortable. And you’re going to lose your sex drive.
If you said that to a man, he’d look at you like you were crazy. Yet women go in with these complaints and our doctors tell us we have to “tough it out.” “Tough it out” is not a medical remedy; it means just live through this suffering while you’re in a constant state of deterioration. It’s not just that you feel bad, but also that the nutrients provided by hormones to all of your bodily functions and organs are draining out. Therefore, there’s a shutdown of all those systems and organs. Young people don’t get the diseases of aging because they make a full complement of hormones. Older people have the diseases of aging because of the drain of hormones. Aging is a loss of hormones.
WF: We’ve reported on a new study showing that testosterone deficiency is an independent risk factor for coronary artery disease. That means that if you do everything else right—eat right, exercise, keep your cholesterol down—low testosterone by itself will dramatically increase your risk of having a heart attack.
SS: And here’s why. Testosterone is not only a sex hormone, but also a hormone that is essential for both men and women. But testosterone is also an anabolic steroid. Anabolic steroids build bone and muscle, and the heart is the largest muscle in the body. There are more testosterone cell-receptor sites on this muscle than any other muscle in the body. As we lose our testosterone, our hearts lose their pumping power. The more testosterone you lose, the less pumping power you have, and coupled with that comes a loss of vitality and energy, and other degenerative issues. Don’t forget, men also require estrogen and the correct ratio of estrogen to testosterone for their maleness. When they start losing testosterone, they start overproducing estrogen. As estrogen overproduces, it diminishes a man’s ability to perform sexually.
Every doctor that I talked to, including brain specialists, told me that too little estrogen in men and women is now being linked to Alzheimer’s disease. To prevent Alzheimer’s, we need an environment of balanced hormones, including estrogen, for the protection it gives your brain. That’s why the 83-year-old woman named Eve who I interviewed in my book, who has been on bioidentical hormones now for 20 years, is as sharp as a tack. She told me, “I have to drive my friends everywhere, they can’t remember anything. I get up every morning and dance to Roy Orbison or the Beatles while I’m making my bed. Then I go to exercise class.” I asked her, “What about sex?” She said, “I don’t have sex because I carried a torch for my husband for so long that I took myself out of the market. But I have sexual feelings. If the right guy came along, I would be ready. The problem is, men my age are so low on testosterone that they wouldn’t be able to handle me.”
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!
I am wanting to get some information on your hormone replacement. I have tried the pellet and I started getting hair loss and my body hurts. How do I get my hormones regulated again? Thanks for your help.
I hope you have visited my “Pellets-A Second Look” webpage found on the home page of my website (near the top) at www.happyhormonecottage.com. It explains why we do NOT believe in or endorse pellets. They are a good money maker for the pellet manufacturer and the doctor, but they offer a world of hurt for the recipient. When we know better, we do better.
You can call us at 513-444-6343 to set up a phone consultation ($25) to learn what we do and about our Optimal Hormone Balance. What makes us different is that we are a one-stop shoppe with our cutting edge testing methods, nurse practitioners and compounding lab. We make our bioidentical hormone creams from plant-based powders in-house, and we have our own adrenal support formula (proprietary blend) to repair exhausted adrenal glands. In addition, for those with thyroid issues, our 10-point thyroid panel is innovative, and coupled with our thyroflex machine that checks the function of the thyroid at the tissue level of cells where it matters most, our thyroid clients actually feel better. We have options to create bioidentical thyroid medications so our clients are not just put on Synthroid or Levothyroxin with the dose being cut in half or doubled after blood work with a 2 part blood draw. Really? How is this even considered helpful? No wonder thyroid clients coming to us for the first time have suffered needlessly. I will also add here that our clients with Hashimoto’s also feel so much better with our Hashimoto’s Protocol.
We operate in the world of Functional Medicine with the focus being on finding and fixing root cause. Our clients are very happy. Out-of-state clients can do everything over the phone and at home, but they must come in to see us annually in person.
I hope this information is helpful to you. Give us a call.
I would be so grateful if you would answer a question that I have been unable to find the answer to online.
How long can I expect dht-related hair loss to continue after testosterone implantation? My first two rounds of pellets went fine. I began losing a significant amount of hair 24 days into this third round of pellets. I am now 50 days in. I am desperate for the excessive hair shedding to stop. I have been exercising pretty heavily to try to accelerate the burn out of the pellets. I am taking saw palmetto, pumpkin seed oil and biotin and am using a dht blocking shampoo. Should my hair loss symptoms be expected to stop at the 12-week mark (or sooner with daily cardiovascular exercise)? Or does the dht stay in your system beyond the testosterone pellet burnout? Not knowing when this will end or how bald I will get is sheer torture. Any information you can provide would be beyond appreciated.
Dear Pellet Sufferer,
If you haven’t already read my webpage “Pellets…..A Second Look” found on the home page of my website at www.happyhormonecottage.com, please read to find out why we do NOT recommend pellets for women…..ever. They are a good money maker for the doctor and the pellet manufacturer, but they offer a world of hurt for the recipient.
In your case, your testosterone is traveling down the “5 alpha reductase” methylation pathway which converts your testosterone to dht for male pattern baldness and hair loss. This should stop and slow down after 3 months from the date of insertion, although I can not guarantee this. Everyone is different in how they respond after hair loss from pellets. Your hair will hopefully grow back. Keep doing what you are doing in terms of saw palmetto and biotin. Unless you like the balding look, I would suggest no more pellets. I often wonder why there are not (more?) class action lawsuits against these pellet manufacturers and the doctors who implant them.
At my Happy Hormone Cottage and our Integrative Hormone Center here in southwestern Ohio, we are all about hormone balance and the refilling of our hormone receptors (that deplete with age) for relief of hormone imbalance issues that occur in all women past age 35; but ultimately for help with the prevention of disease as we age: dementia, heart disease, osteoporosis and breast cancer. We use DUTCH (Precision Analytics Lab with Mark Newman) dried urine strip testing (blood work doesn’t provide valuable information…just a number) to determine HOW our hormones are working (methylating) inside our bodies and then we customize a compounded Bioidentical hormone cream strategy that we make at our compounding lab from plant based powders. To learn more, visit my website at happyhormonecottage.com. To set up a step one phone consultation ($25) you can call us at 513-444-6343. We have women coming in from all over the country (both pellet victims and nonpellet victims) to see our nurse practitioners and then return annually to continue therapy for their best health naturally.
Wishing you all the best.
We recently had a gal drive in from Missouri to our Happy Hormone Cottage at our new Integrative Hormone Center in Centerville, Ohio. We understand that she could go anywhere and probably NOT get her needs met. She could go to any ob gyn and be told a plethora of different things. We have heard it all! She could be offered different “strategies” and medications, have her head filled with untruths and misinformation from uninformed doctors who, although wonderful people, have had approximately 4 hours of hormone education in medical school…none of whom would find and fix the root cause of her issues. Even worse, she could go to any hormone center and be offered pellets because they are a darn good money maker. But our HHC? We began in August of 2009 in an 1800s cottage built by Abraham Lincoln’s cousin, Nathan. I had no template, no business plan, very little electricity (!), no running water….just the authentic desire to help women by educating them on their body for their best health naturally. I got my employees organically as they were my satisfied clients, and we grew organically. Our tiny cottage exploded over the past 9 years to 5 HHC’s in 3 different states and from an educational facility to a medical facility that grew into a women’s AND a men’s health center. We recently (July 2018) bought our own building to house our IHC (Integrative Hormone Center) & Pharmacy that includes our HHC, our men’s health center now called “IHC for Men” and our compounding lab to become a “one stop Shoppe” still with 2 satellite HHCs in Mason and in Vandalia. We have done this IN SPITE of losing a lot of money in 2015 when Express Scripts sent us a letter informing us that they would no longer cover compounded therapy. Many compounding labs and independent pharmacies have closed. Jeff laid off almost his entire compounding staff and just kept going, working 18 hour days to stay open so we could continue to serve our community. In addition to this, he went back to school to get his Advanced Fellowship in Functional Medicine BECAUSE we could find NO Other Doctor to help our men and our women. So WE did it. At great personal sacrifice. So when someone travels in to our Happy Hormone Cottage or our new IHC, she has no idea what we have been through to get where we are. I have come to understand and believe that it is truly a privilege to work with us. We don’t waste our clients’ money using harmful pellet “therapy.” We don’t spout untruths from medical school funded by big pharma. We tell her the truth based on studies and books from the past 20+ years. We help her to the very best of our ability with integrity and care. We take her journey personally and lose sleep over her if she struggles. We discuss her at home and personally connect with her….even on a Saturday or Sunday. We do not quit on her or fail her. Every client we have matters to us and we walk our talk every single day. THIS is WHY women are making the informed decision to become a client of the Happy Hormone Cottage.
This morning I received a nice message from a gal who flew in from California yesterday with her husband to our Integrative Hormone Center and Pharmacy in Centerville, Ohio- home of my original Happy Hormone Cottage, established 9 years ago:
I just wanted to say thank you to you and Jeff for taking such good care of my husband and me yesterday. We are headed back to California all ready to get back on track. I just love your love for helping others. You are much appreciated!”
This got me thinking about all of the other hormone centers out there and what sets us apart? Why would someone fly over 2000 miles to see us? What makes us different? How are we unique? I came up with these TOP TEN reasons:
1. We are family owned. So IT’S PERSONAL!
2. We have a unique cutting-edge dried urine strip testing for our women that tells us HOW our hormones are working inside our bodies. This information is way more valuable that just getting a number provided by a blood test.
3. For our thyroid clients, we have a 10 point blood panel AND a thyroflex machine to identify HOW our thyroid is working at the tissue level of cells where 85% of our thyroid resides. Our thyroflex machine also titrates dosing. All of this means that our thyroid clients actually feel better.
4. We have a successful Hashimoto’s Protocol. We find and fix the root cause of this auto-immune disease.
5. Jeff RPh, FAARM, has created his own propriety adrenal support supplement….actually 2 Adrenal support supplements, to heal our exhausted and stressed adrenal glands.
6. We have our own compounding lab onsite to make your individualized therapy.
7. This makes us a 1-stop Shop!
8. Because Jeff is a pharmacist, a compounding pharmacist, AND also has an Advanced Fellowship in Functional Medicine, this means he took an entire year in pharmacy school of “PharmacoKinetics.” This means he understands dosing and the most effective delivery system for our bodies.
9. We are affordable and the least expensive hormone facility around. We hear this time and again.
10. We are the only hormone center around that does not believe in or endorse the use of pellets. Pellets are a good money maker for the doctor and for the pellet manufacturer. They offer a world of hurt for the recipient. As the founder of my Happy Hormone Cottage, I want your best health for your lifetime. Each client matters to me. Most of all, my Integrity matters to me. At the end of the day, I know Jeff and I have done our very best to find and fix the root cause of existing hormone issues for the WELLNESS of each client. We want our clients for life. So using a therapy to make money knowing it can cause damage simply is not on our radar.
I found you online and I feel like I found the gold at the end of the rainbow! I have a few questions I’d like to ask you. I am 50 years old and had to have a hysterectomy ten years ago. At that time they left the ovaries, but I know from years of infertility treatment that one of them did not work at all, I believe that the other one must have dried up due to all of the problems I am having now. (if that is possible) The doctor put me on oral estradial and I took it for 3 years. I was unable to continue to afford it and stopped taking it. A few years later my mother and aunt were both diagnosed with breast cancer. So not only will the doctor not prescribe it, but I’m afraid of even BHRT causing breast cancer.
I am at the point of complete physical and mental exhaustion. I can’t sleep, have horrible hot flashes, and must keep a fan on me at all times or I sweat terribly. I mean exhaustion in the sense that I don’t have energy to function to do daily things that need to be done. Cranky, is not the half of it. I have absolutely no sex drive at all. Even my skin is so dry that it looks like wrinkled paper. My doctor ran a blood panel and keeps telling me year after year, I am fine. Nothing is wrong with me. I know that it is!
1. I live in Texas and wonder how I could possibly get tested through HHC? If I understand right, there is a mail order test but I’m not sure how to get to you for consultation.
2. Do you have doctors who work with you there that I could go to that would write a prescribtion for the BHRT? The doctors here are not very cooperative. My doctor thinks I am crazy for coming year after year with the same problems. “It’s because you are getting older he says.” I would be willing to save money to travel there if I could get help.
3. What are the studies on BHRT causing or increasing breast cancer?
Thanks so much,
Fran in Texas
Thank you for your email. I’m happy you are asking for what you need. Yes, we can help you but your first step is to educate yourself so you know the truth about hormone balance. Our standard of care doctors have told me that they have received about 4 hours of hormone health in medical school so it is no wonder most don’t understand the cause and treatment of hormone issues. Hormone imbalance is an aging issue, so everyone- especially over age 35- will deal with hormone imbalance issues during their lifetime. Finding and fixing the cause of our hormone imbalance is what we do.
Your first step is to log onto my website at www. happyhormonecottage.comand click on my Resources/Reading webpage. There are a lot of studies you can read to answer your questions on bhrt vs hrt and the risk of cancer. I might start with a study by Dr Kent Holtorf (and/or any study by him and Dr Erica Schwartz) entitled, “Point/Counterpoint: The Case for Bioidentical Hormones.” It is the 13th study on the page and a fairly easy read. We have other studies, as well. Anything by Dr Jeffrey Dach on that page, like “Bioidentical Hormones 101” is also a good place to start. Continue scrolling down this page to the books. This connects you to Amazon so you can order. I highly recommend “Natural Hormone Balance” by Dr Uzzi Reiss and “Bioidentical Hormones 101” by Dr Jeffrey Dach.
If you don’t educate yourself, you should not trust what any doctor tells you. Doctors have told me that they have received only 4 hours of hormone education in medical school. In this case of natural hormone balance, it is imperative that you Own Your Journey to Natural Hormone Balance (the name of my book) to your best hormone health.
You can call us to set up a phone consultation ($25) at 513-444-6343. We can send you a testing kit. Then it is in your best interest to come to southern Ohio to see us. In fact, as we just moved into our space at our new Integrative Hormone Center and Pharmacy, we only work with clients who come to see us in person. We have our own nurse practitioners well-versed in women’s health and optimal hormone balance. We will address your symptoms, and check not only your sex hormones of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, but also your cortisol. And we have a 10 point blood panel to address the thyroid, (and Hashimoto’s) as needed. This is our specialty; our niche.
Finally, we also have our own compounding lab that makes our customized hormone creams from plant-based powders. So our clients can come full circle with us as they refill their hormone receptors and feel better. This strategy also helps prevent the diseases that occur with aging. How? Our hormones perform many, many tasks in our body. As we age and lose these hormones, we are ripe for disease: heart disease, dementia, osteoporosis, and breast cancer. Refilling our hormone receptors with customized, compounded bioidentical hormone creams helps prevent these diseases. It is all part of the world of functional medicine, the study of our whole body, where my Happy Hormone Cottage resides.
A final word, Texas is apparently the pellet capital of the country. Do not let anyone talk you into having a pellet inserted. You can read more about this on my website’s home page, “Pellets-A Second Look.” We spend a lot of time fixing women who have experienced a world of hurt from pellets. Just a word of caution.
I wish you the best on your journey. Give us a call if and when you are ready; and above all, educate yourself on your journey to your best health naturally.
My Doctor strongly encouraged me to get a testosterone pellet inserted into my hip to address my hormone issues. It just didn’t feel right to me so I went to my integrative and functional wellness doctor and asked if he would do creams or anything different from pellets. He decided to try patches/creams for the estradiol and testosterone and will do oral progesterone. This is a very well-known and well respected doctor in my area and one of the only doctors who believes in bio identical hormone replacement.
I believe that would be better than pellets, correct? What are your thoughts?
Thank you for your time,
You are correct. This is better than pellets. But it is a far cry from hormone balance by refilling hormone receptors. Refilling depleted hormone receptors as we age also helps prevent disease. I assume your doctor uses blood work to determine hormone levels. Blood work simply provides a number. This isn’t really information that is all that useful. Your doctor’s ‘strategy’ of using an estrogen patch means you aren’t able to regulate dosage, and an estrogen patch is all estradiol. When we compound our estrogen creams (used vaginally) we use a combination of estradiol and estriol. The estriol calms down the estradiol and also travels to the breast tissue to help reduce breast cancer because estriol is our calming, gentle estrogen. Testosterone cream is way better than pellets because the dosing is more in line with what the body can easily absorb and handle for the benefits it provides, and will not have the negative side effects of a testosterone pellet with supra-physiologic dosing. I like this part of their strategy. Progesterone capsules are a problem for me. Because I am a compounding pharmacist’s wife, I understand that progesterone capsules convert to allapregnenolone for sleep and very little converts to progesterone. What little bit does convert, stays in the body about 8 hours and then it is gone. Combining these capsules with your estrogen patch, with little actual progesterone to balance it, will leave you estrogen dominant. This promotes not only weight gain because estrogen is a fat store, but more importantly, this estrogen dominance can increase your risk for developing breast cancer.
I hope you see my issues with this approach. It concerns me that this is the best you have got in your area. But I hear this all the time from women around the country. Which is why many of them find a way to come in and see us.
To schedule a step one consultation ($25) call us at 513-444-6343 or 937-773-1778. Note: we are happy to do your step one phone consultation over the phone for our out-of-state clients BUT we can only treat clients who come into see our nurse practitioners in person.
I just had blood work at my gynecologist, knowing the saliva test is better, but thought I would just do everything at the gyn office. I am a new patient there. I was considering the pellet but now will not. I’m considering doing nothing now because it is just too much money. I’m 59 and in menopause. I took myself off my estrogen pill a couple years ago, and I just had my Merina birth control device removed. My symptoms are not bad-perhaps some brain fog and low sex drive. I have an appt at my gyn soon to go over the blood work and to discuss hormones. I take a thyroid pill and they tell me there is a more natural one. All this to say I’m wondering if I should visit you. Can you tell me how much the saliva testing is? I already paid over $100 for my blood work. And as I said, not sure I can even afford the hormone treatment, but I would like an idea of the cost.
Thanks for any help,
Thank you for your email. I’m happy you read my webpage on why we do not believe in or endorse pellets. I think we may be the only ones who don’t. They are a good money maker for the doctor and the pellet manufacturer but they offer a world of hurt for the recipient. We spend a lot of our time repairing the damage from pellets from women all over the country. Sad, really.
Initial consultations at my Happy Hormone Cottage cost $25 for an hour consultation. We find out all about you and you learn about us. We do NOT find blood work useful. It just provides a number. We did use saliva testing back in the day, but have changed over the past few years to cutting edge technology in dried urine strip testing. It is user-friendly and the multipage report that comes back on each woman’s body on how their hormones are methylating and metabolizing is invaluable. Our take home test also checks cortisol. With this information, we can determine the woman’s risk of breast cancer (based on her estrogen methylating pathway) and actually reroute the pathway to make it breast cancer protective. This is just an example. The test costs $350. We provide cpt codes for you to get reimbursed from your insurance company. We also take HSA cards and flex spending cards. By the way, we are also excellent with treating thyroid, as well, and have a 10 point blood panel, a thyroflex machine and a successful Hashimoto’s Protocol.
I wrote a book, “Own Your Journey …..to Optimal Hormone Balance” which encourages each woman to do their own research in this area of Bioidentical Hormone replacement. The estrogen pill you were on is not a strategy we endorse due to the risk of blood clots and breast cancer they provide. This is why I opened my cottage 9 years ago…..to educate women on their bodies. Doctors receive about 4 hours of hormone education in medical school. So their toolbox is very limited and often influenced by big pharma (estrogen pill, estrogen patch). I exist to clear up the confusion and misinformation, and to help women.
We do not refill our hormone receptors to eradicate symptoms of a hormone imbalance that happens to all women as part of the aging process. We refill our hormone receptors that deplete with age with Bioidentical hormone creams to prevent disease as we age: dementia, heart disease, osteoporosis and breast cancer. Doing nothing at age 59 to refill our hormone receptors leaves us ripe for disease. Why? Because our hormones do a lot of really important tasks in our bodies and we need them to go the distance. I want to live a long life but with high quality. This is why I have had to become a warrior for my own health.
Please return to my website and read my Thyroid Health and Adrenal Health webpages. Check out our Recommended Readings page. Educate yourself. I would rethink my visit to your doctor’s office with the blood work. But you are in charge of your own journey. I hope the info I have provided helps.
To schedule a step one consultation ($25) call us at 513-444-6343 or 937-773-1778. Note: we are happy to do your step one phone consultation over the phone for our out-of-state clients BUT we can only treat clients who come into see our nurse practitioners in person.