My Five Year Reflection as Executive Director of The Happy Hormone Cottage

When I began my Happy Hormone Cottage endeavor 5 years ago, I just wanted to help women regain their joy of life. After my own journey into the world of hormone imbalance, when my husband went back to school to become trained as a compounding pharmacist so he could help me, I became aware of the magnitude and the severity of the lack of real information available to women in this arena of natural hormone balance. We go to our trusted doctors for help and for answers and herein lies the disconnect. This is the one area where the misinformation and confusion run rampant, and is often perpetuated by the media, with the big pharma agenda. There are tons of studies and books on natural hormone balance and the importance of replenishing our depleting hormone receptors as we age, to not only alleviate our symptoms (sleep issues, anxiety, depression, fatigue, irritability, low libido, hot flashes, brain fog, sugar cravings, weight gain) of hormone imbalance, but more importantly, to prevent disease (dementia, heart disease, osteoporosis and breast cancer.) Why aren’t these studies being discussed in the media? Why don’t our doctors know and understand the benefits, the necessity, of refilling our hormone receptors? Could it be because ob gyns join a group called ACOG (American college of obstetrics and gynecology) and I suspect ACOG is funded by a pharmaceutical company or two? Dr Prudence Hall is often quoted as saying, “Hormones are to women what water is to plants.” Why isn’t this truth more a part of standard of care? The bottom line is that it isn’t. So my job, my mission, my passion is to educate women on the importance of refilling our hormone tanks as we age. This is functional medicine at its best! Functional medicine is the study of our whole body (holistic health) and how to keep it running as a whole by focusing on preventing disease and finding/ fixing the cause of disease. This is a much different approach than current standard of care that band-aids symptoms and promotes the big pharma agenda of drugging for the masses. So here is where owning our journey comes into play. I hope the days of taking our doctors’ word as law are over and that we are encouraged to think for ourselves. This alone is reason to visit one of our 5 Happy Hormone Cottages where our biggest mission is offering educational consultations supported by studies and books on the subject, so women can own their journey to their best health naturally. After all, learning is a change in behavior, so educating ourselves on our options is the first step. I have seen a lot of growth in this area. More and more women are dissatisfied with this lack of information and options at their healthcare practitioners’ visits, so more and more women are coming in to see us.
Over the past 5 years, I have seen our happy clients tell their friends and inner circle, who have told their friends and inner circle so that we have exploded from one tiny cottage in the Heart of Centerville, to 5 different cottages in 5 different cities from north of Dayton to northern Kentucky. We have developed from just an educational facility to now include a medical facility as well. We now have our own hormone health expert working on 2 of our campuses. I call Angela, our nurse practitioner, our hormone whisperer, and we encourage our women to keep their ob gyns for their gyn needs, but to see our Angela for their hormone needs. After all, we take our pets to veterinary specialists and our broken cars to car experts. Why not take our hormone needs to a hormone specialist? Doesn’t this just make sense?
I have learned that we can’t treat sex hormones in isolation. We have much greater success when we also address our adrenal health and thyroid needs. Why? Because the body doesn’t work alone. So we heal it from the functional medicine holistic perspective.
During my tenure as executive director of the Happy Hormone Cottage, I have seen the healing effects of listening to and validating women. Everyone just wants to know they matter. When our women visit us, we listen, we validate, we educate, and empower, but at the end of the day, we make sure they know how much they matter to us.
I have learned that no matter how much I want to help every woman, I can really only help the ones who want to be helped. Those women who say, “My doctor says I’m fine,” or who balk when they have to pay for (some of) their medical care aren’t our clients. Our clients are those who think for themselves, ask questions, want to take charge of their health and are willing to make their best health a priority, no matter the cost. Our therapy is affordable, often reimbursable through insurance, but the bottom line is we always do what is most important to us. Our clients walk their talk of wanting to regain their best health naturally.
So where do I see us going over the next 5 years? I have been getting asked this question a lot lately. My answer? I don’t know but I’m open to the possibilities! I know I don’t want to live a small life. I want to live my life on purpose and my unique purpose involves serving people. I know I want to continue to think BIG! Over the past 5 years, I have written a book (Own Your Journey, available at my bookstore ) and I have just recently started a foundation, The Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation to raise money for the prevention of breast cancer. If we can predict it, we can prevent it. Personally, I can think of no greater cause. I know I want to educate and impact more and more women around the country through speaking engagements, my book, my foundation, my website, my blogs… and ultimately encourage them to come and see us at one of our Happy Hormone Cottages. We now have women calling us from all over the country as well as driving and flying in from as far away as Texas and Florida to visit us and our nurse practitioner. I find this amazing and I’m ever so grateful that our circle of influence is ever expanding. Our mission has always been, and will continue to be women helping women. It is important. To put it most simply, I just want to “Be the Change.” ~ Ghandi

Happy Hormone Cottage Forms Women’s Health Foundation to Prevent Breast Cancer

Lyn Hogrefe, CEO of Happy Hormone Cottage, LLC, has formed the Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation in Kettering, Ohio to fund research to discover the causes of breast cancers in women and seek preventative measures.

Lyn Hogrefe, a warrior for women’s wellness and CEO of Happy Hormone Cottage, LLC, has formed a nonprofit foundation dedicated to identifying breast cancer causes in women and seek ways to prevent it. Kelly Brown of West Carrolton, Ohio has been named executive director of the Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation in Kettering. Brown said the foundation aims to raise $100,000 to work with medical researchers to confirm the connection between estrogen metabolites and the development of certain types of breast cancer. Once connections are established, women can be tested for biomarkers and treated with supplementation and nutrition.

“If we can predict breast cancer, we can prevent it,” said Hogrefe. “There is a lot of focus in the medical community on women obtaining proper screening—and proper screening is always necessary– but screening is not the same as prevention. Screening is detection only. Prevention is taking steps with diet, nutrition, exercise and refilling depleted hormone receptors.”

A fundraiser and silent auction titled “Date Night Decadence” featuring wine, chocolate and coffee is planned for Saturday, Oct. 18 from 8 to 10 p.m. at Warehouse for Coffee, 335 S Dixie Dr. in Vandalia. An admission fee of $25 will go toward the breast cancer prevention initiative.

“Our foundation was formed to educate women about achieving optimal health through natural hormone balance, nutritional supplementation and healthy lifestyle choice,” said Brown. “We are laser-focused on funding research in the field of predicting which women may be prone to breast cancer and intervening before the disease has a chance to develop.”

About 232,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and 40,000 women will die from it, according to the American Cancer Society. One in eight women will suffer from invasive breast cancer within her lifetime. Additionally, about 85 percent of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of the
disease, according to Breastcancer.org.

Hogrefe is founder of Happy Hormone Cottage, an education and resource center that tests women for hormone imbalances and treats themwith compounded prescription creams individualized to their specific hormone needs. HHC offices are in Kettering, Piqua, Vandalia, and Mason, Ohio and Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

More than 5,000 women across the Midwest have been treated by Happy Hormone Cottage so far, said Hogrefe. Women can obtain a free, initial consultation, and get their hormone, cortisol and thyroid levels tested. Compounded hormone prescriptions contain biestrogen, progesterone and testosterone, hormones that diminish in women after the age of 35 years old. Testing and treatment is now available for adrenal gland and thyroid issues.

Hogrefe has written Own Your Journey to Optimal Hormone Balance (New Leaf Press, April, 2014) a book on her personal journey to wellness through Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). She is an award-winning educator, a Top 25 Women to Watch, Athena Award finalist, Cincy Chic Woman of the Year, and a speaker, educator and blogger on women’s hormone health.  The book is available on the Happy Hormone Cottage website and in all of its five office locations. All book proceeds go to the foundation. For more information, go to www.womenshealthinitiatives.org. To attend the “Date Night Decadence” fundraiser and silent auction, contact Brown at Kelly@womenshealthinitiatives.org or call (937) 371-4838.

Screening is NOT Prevention

I just saw on Facebook a free app one can download from Premier Health: (and I quote) “Download our free checklist of Preventive Screenings for Women at various stages of life. Women’s Health Institute-Be proactive about your health by staying on top of necessary screenings and health care visits. Regular checkups and screenings are critical for women throughout their entire lives. Our checklist includes recommended screening for every phase of your life. Some of the screening include: breast cancer screening, thyroid disease screening, bone density/osteoporosis screening, cervical cancer, hearing exam and many more. Take the first step to a life-change today by downloading our free checklist of preventive screenings for women!”
Now, let me emphasize that I like the message–taking care of our health. There is nothing wrong with this or the checklist. After all, I just wrote a book entitled, “Own Your Journey….to Optimal Hormone Health,” and no one is more passionate about creating AND DOING checklists than me! But let me be the one to point out that SCREENING for disease IS NOT PREVENTION of disease. It is DETECTION! There is a world of difference between these 2 concepts. I am ALL about prevention. I think you might be challenged to find anyone anywhere who is more passionate about prevention of disease than me. After all, I founded my Happy Hormone Cottage 5 years ago to educate women on a darn good way to prevent: heart disease, osteoporosis, dementia and breast cancer. And I can tell you that refilling depleted hormone receptors that deplete as we age (starting at age 35 with progesterone) with physiological doses (exactly what each body needs based on viable lab work that is more inclusive than standard of care blood work) is KEY for the prevention of these diseases. This is true prevention….not screening for a disease. Because when you screen for a disease and find it….you already have it. So isn’t the term “preventive screening” an oxymoron? Unless you mean that if you detect the disease early enough through screening, it may prevent death.

Screening programs are vital for treating disease (not prevention OF the disease). The earlier illness is detected, often the better chance for successful treatment. As Jeff Hogrefe RPh, FAARM, writes in an earlier blog, ‘Open Letter to Dayton Daily News,’  “Early screening is NOT preventative medicine. It is simply early screening. I believe there is a strong correlation in the medical literature that having a vitamin D level in the 60-80 ng/ml reduces the risk of colon cancer 80-85%. Colonoscopies for detecting colon cancer are a great screening tool. Measuring vitamin D levels and supplementing to goal of 60-80 is preventative medicine. Screening for osteoporosis using dexascan is also a valuable tool. Understanding that the underlying cause of osteoporosis is a depletion in the hormones progesterone, estradiol, and testosterone in combination with excessive cortisol levels, then effectively correcting these imbalances is good preventative medicine. Contrast with current treatment strategies of using biphosphonates (Boniva) and high dose chalk (calcium carbonate) supplementation. According to the FDA, biphosphonates have only been shown to be safe and effective for maximum of 5 years (most menopausal women I know plan on living longer than 5 years). I have to believe there are better, smarter treatment strategies than the current standard of care.”

Wouldn’t it make more sense for us to spend our time and resources getting educated and then implementing ways to STAY HEALTHY? To me, this would be real prevention. For example, becoming aware of environmental toxins in the foods we eat, and in the products we use (using deoderants instead of anti-perspirants with aluminum chlorohydrate) would be a good place to start. How about understanding that taking 2000 mg per day of omega 3’s helps lower metabolism, pushes thyroid into the cells of the brain for brain clarity and reduces inflammation. Could we understand the negative impact that sugar plays in our health and then adopt eating strategies that incorporate eating less sugar? Pick up a copy of Dr David Purlmutter’s bestseller, “Grain Brain” to understand the role eating wheat flour plays in the heightened risk of Alzheimer’s and insulin resistance/diabetes. Invest in a copy of Dr Jeffrey Dach’s “Bioidentical Hormones 101……Made Exceedingly Simple” for real answers to the confusion in hormone therapy, often perpetuated by the media, with the big pharma agenda, and often written by ghostwriters hired by the pharmaceutical industry to downplay the risks of their products while shedding doubt on bioidentical hormones. These are just a few examples. Truly, one MUST Own Your Journey to your best health naturally. Doing this, in my mind, is the best prevention of disease we have.

To learn more about bhrt with customized, compounded hormone creams; adrenal health and thyroid health…along with a great life style change eating plan for losing weight and then keeping it off, connect with us at www.happyhormonecottage.com. #womenhelpingwomen

We Love Helping Women of All Ages

Emails! I get emails! And my favorite ones are from the women we have helped along the way on their journey to their best health naturally. This first email below corrects the misconception that we are a menopause facility. We are not a menopause facility. I never use the word ‘menopause.’ We are a hormone imbalance educational facility as well as now a medical facility. Hormone imbalance is part of the aging process. As we begin to lose our hormones starting at right around age 35, we all experience a hormone imbalance. It is how we choose to proceed in dealing with this hormone imbalance that determines a life of wellness vs a life of disease. The choices run the gamut from doing nothing (denial), to using a drug-for-the-masses to control the symptoms of the hormone imbalance (hot flashes, fatigue, sleeplessness, anxiety, low libido, moodiness, osteopenia, brain fog….), to seeking to understand what is going on in our bodies by reading and educating ourselves. This is where my Happy Hormone Cottage comes into play. We now have 5 cottages in the greater Cincinnati-Dayton area to help women own their journey to wellness by holistically addressing the cause of their hormone imbalance and working to fix that. We recommend refilling our hormone tanks with customized, compounded bhrt that is created specifically for each woman based on her hormone testing. I met one woman recently at one of my book signing events, who said to me, ‘Oh I’m fine hormonally.” I asked, “How do you know you are fine?” She responded, “My doctor told me I was.” Hmmm. How does her doctor know she is fine? Did he run the typical blood work that, quite frankly, according to functional medicine experts doesn’t provide us with the information we need for wellness?The first step to solving any issue is the awareness that there is one.
This first email is from our 24 year old client whose Mom flew her in from the west coast because she had recently had a baby and was suffering from severe post partum depression. Her doctors put her on 3 antidepressants and a bipolar medication. When the Mom asked her daughter’s doctor to please check her hormones, the doctor replied, “Your daughter is too young to be experiencing hormone issues.” Luckily for her daughter, her Mom knew better, so flew her daughter to Ohio, where she lives, to see us. After checking her hormone levels, our nurse practitioner put her on our customized progesterone therapy and a couple of key supplements and within a few days, she began to feel better. By the 3rd month on therapy, she was off all her medication except for one antidepressant. Here is her recent email, “Hey Lyn. Things have been going great here. I have been feeling like my old self again and it has been amazing. Things have actually been going so good that my husband and I have decided to start trying for baby #2. I am meeting with ob/gyn here next week to talk to her about my supplements and my progesterone and have a plan in place in case I have bad post partum again next time. Thanks so much for everything.”
I received another email last week from Trisha (name has been changed) about our nurse practitioner: “Dear Angela, I want to thank you. Since I have been taking my hormone therapy, my blood pressure has been normal and I have been checking it 3 times a day. I have stopped taking my blood pressure medication and I am very grateful. I just wanted you to know.”
This makes me very happy because progesterone is a diuretic and also a vasodilator so lowers blood pressure. So my question is, why isn’t this a part of our current standard of care?
Maria writes, “Hello all! I have been on your hormone therapy for a year and a half and I have seen so many changes that make me happy! I just want to say thanks for all you do! I can’t tell you enough how much the hormone therapy has changed my life. I am so thankful for your help traveling down this path of natural hormone therapy.”
Helping women own their journey to their best health naturally is my passion. Educating women on their options, providing them with cutting edge technology to check their hormone levels, and then offering them an appointment with our nurse practitioner, who uses their hormone test results and their body’s biofeedback to craft a treatment plan specifically for each woman, is what we are all about. Hormones are to women what water is to plants. Refilling our hormone tanks is a life long strategy for wellness. Like brushing our teeth, the goal is prevention of disease. Do we deserve anything less?
For more information or to order Lyn’s new book, “Own Your Journey to Natural Hormone Balance,” go to www.happyhormonecottage.com. Women helping women for wellness.

Happy Hormone Cottage Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Women talk, word spreads, and HHC continues to grow.
Five years ago, Lyn Hogrefe rented a small, stone cottage in the heart of Centerville, Ohio as a place for women to share their health stories and learn how to achieve a hormonally- balanced life. She called her quaint meeting place the Happy Hormone Cottage (HHC), and what she thought would be an education forum caught fire with women who questioned their doctors’ assertions that their hot flashes, lack of sexual desire, weight gain, and sleeplessness were normal aspects of aging. A 30-year educator who underwent an emergency hysterectomy at the age of 49, Hogrefe didn’t have a business plan, much less an idea that Happy Hormone Cottage would grow into a successful business with five offices in five years. She just wanted to help women by sharing what she learned about bioidentical hormones. “This is a passion,” said Hogrefe. “I never translated it in writing to a business plan because to me it was never a business. I just wanted to help women. HHC grew organically from demand. I just happen to fill a niche of women helping women. “

Hogrefe listened as women as young as 20-somethings told her of perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms that escalated into adrenal and thyroid problems—and shared with them that a healthy diet, exercise, and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) could alleviate or even eliminate their symptoms. “Hormones are to women like water is to plants,” said Hogrefe, chief executive officer of Happy Hormone Cottage based in Kettering, Ohio. “When your hormones are depleted or out of balance, your health is compromised. Thyroid, adrenals and sex hormones are all linked. We can help women monitor and maintain their hormone balance.” Women began to feel better, so they told their friends and inner circles, who told their friends and inner circles. Five years later, Hogrefe has a necklace of five offices along the I-75 corridor strung from Dayton to northern Kentucky that have helped more than 5,000 women get tested, treated and feel better. HHC offices are in Piqua, Vandalia, Kettering and Mason, Ohio and Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Hogrefe has had women from as far away as Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama drive or fly to Ohio to meet with a Happy Hormone Cottage consultant and nurse practitioner Angela Rothstein.

“This tells me that women are not satisfied with conventionally-trained doctors’ current standard of care that supports a big pharma agenda,” said Hogrefe. “Women are questioning doctors who tell them their hormone levels are within normal range when they know they feel awful. What is normal for each woman is unique to her. We listen to women, validate their feelings about their health and help them get tested, treated and better.” Women can obtain a free, initial consultation, and get their hormone , cortisol and thyroid levels tested. A compounded, personalized prescription of hormone cream containing biestrogen, progesterone and testosterone is then created for each woman based on her hormone needs. Each client’s adrenal glands and thyroid issues are also addressed in the same customized, personalized manner because each woman is different, added Hogrefe. Hogrefe has written Own Your Journey to Optimal Hormone Balance (New Leaf Press, April, 2014) a book on her personal journey to wellness through BHRT. She is also a speaker, educator and blogger on women’s hormone health. The book is available on the Happy Hormone Cottage website and in all its office locations. As Happy Hormone Cottage moves into its sixth year, it is and will continue to be an endeavor of the heart– women helping women by educating, empowering and committing them to attain their best health naturally, Hogrefe said. “We just began listening to women and validating them to figure out how to solve their hormone imbalance issues at the root level,” said Hogrefe. “When we fix the issue and prevent disease that is based on the biochemistry of the body at the same time,, we get results. Women talk and word spreads. We continue to grow.”

Hogrefe’s next book signing will be held Tuesday, Sept 16 at Nonnie Waller’s Cross Pointe Town Center, 101 E. Alex-Bell Road in Centerville, Ohio. For a complete schedule of Happy Hormone Cottage events, go to www.happyhormonecottage.com/events.htm. For more information, go to www.happyhormonecottage.com , email info@happyhormonecottage.com or call (513) 444-6343.

Hormone Pellets

This just in from another hormonally imbalanced woman:

“Greetings Lyn,

I just discovered your website and thank you for all your advice, concern and care for those of us experiencing the challenges of hormonal imbalances. I received my first sotto-pellet insertion in Sept of 2013, a second in Jan 2014 and a third in late April 2014. The first seemed like a miracle drug and I vowed to continue to my death! It stopped the night sweats and flashes, increased my libido and got rid of the anxiety, running thoughts and restless sleepless nights. I also take 10mg progesterone nightly. The problem is that I have started back having hot flashes! They started back in January of 2014 and have persisted to a degree since then. The only other problem I have is that the estrogen has stimulated uterine fibroids which had not bothered me for at least 5 years. So, the level of estrogen is always a consideration. I completed the cortisone test and am taking supplements for that. I’m just a little weary about continuing the insertions. But, I have gotten a lot of good results and don’t want to go back to the degree of severity I experience before, but also don’t like paying $500 each insertion and am still experiencing hot flashes! Suggestions…..I am in Georgia.”

My response:

“Thank you for your email and your kind words. Hopefully you have gone to my blog site and scrolled down to the blogs I’ve written on pellets. We are against them for women for a plethora of health reasons. We understand that the supra – physiological dosing of testosterone that continues to build in your body with each insertion isn’t a good idea. Testosterone converts to estrogen. One of the estrogens it converts to is estrone. Estrone is the breast cancer cell proliferator (builder). This scares me. Also, if you are taking oral progesterone, what we know as compounders is that oral progesterone converts to allapregnenelone and very little converts to progesterone….so now you have estrogen dominance. This also promotes weight gain, breast cancer, brain fog, etc. Another issue with pellets is if the methylation pathway the testosterone travels down through the body is the 5a-alpha reductase pathway, it converts to dht for male pattern baldness. So we have pellet users come to us frequently with balding heads, facial hair, deepening voices, bleeding issues…..These are just some of the reasons it doesn’t make sense to me to put too much of any hormone into one’s body. We only prescribe physiological dosing of hormones that each body needs, determined by urine strip testing. This testing gives us so much more information than blood serum. We do work with pellet users after their final insertion has been at least 3 months and we work to rebalance them. It does take time. Our Happy Hormone Cottage also works to heal adrenal glands and thyroid. We are a functional medicine (holistic health) facility that works to fix the cause of issues and not just band aid symptoms. My suggestion for you is to call us at 513-444-6343 to set up a phone consultation. We can work with you to get you balanced. We have women driving and flying in from all over the country to see our nurse practitioner. If this isn’t possible for you, you will need to find a doctor in your area to sign off on our recommendation for your hormone balance. We use customized hormone creams vaginally. I hope this information helps. Read my blogs on pellets for even more info.

Her response:

Greetings Lyn,

Again, thank you so much for the information and of course, the speedy response! I certainly didn’t expect that. I have signed up online and have completed the medical history form and am looking forward to my phone consult on Thursday! I am excited about the possibilities and thank you again for your assistance!” I’m so happy we are here to help. Serving women by restoring optimal hormone balance is our mission. Refilling our hormone tanks to restore joy of life and prevent disease is what we are all about.

Warmly,
Lyn.

Happy Hormone Cottage, LLC of Kettering, Ohio, announces the opening of its fifth office, in Piqua, Ohio.

Lyn Hogrefe seated (2)Happy Hormone Cottage, LLC of Kettering, Ohio, announces the opening of its fifth office, in Piqua, Ohio. The company helps women balance their hormone levels and achieve wellness through Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

Happy Hormone Cottage, LLC of Kettering, Ohio has opened a Piqua office to help women balance their hormones and improve their health, announced founder and chief executive officer Lyn Hogrefe today. The office, which will be housed in the Piqua Consulting and Compounding Lab in Piqua at 649 W. High St., is the fifth wellness cottage to open in the past five years. Other Happy Hormone cottages are located in Kettering, Vandalia and Mason, Ohio, and Crestview Hills, Ky.

More than 5,000 Midwestern women have questioned traditional doctors’ diagnoses about their aging symptoms and been tested and treated by Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy(BHRT) through Happy Hormone Cottage.

“As women age and hormone levels begin to fall, they need to begin refilling their hormone tanks in order to maintain a good quality of life,” said Hogrefe. “Traditionally-trained doctors don’t often know that. “Functional medical doctors do. Estrogen performs 300 jobs in the body and as we reach 50 years old, we don’t have much estrogen left. So a good question for women to start asking is, without balanced hormones, how will those jobs get done?”

Lily Peters of Union, a high-energy, 59-year old realtor, said she noticed her energy flagging and libido falling when she was 51 years old. A German exchange student staying at her home told Peters her mother used bioidentical hormones back in Germany. BHRT has been used by European women safely for 25 to 30 years. Peters began to research her symptoms and search for a solution to her anxiety about aging. “I had always been a person who could do three to four things at once and be very effective,” said Peters. “Then the bottom dropped out of my life and by 7 p.m., I was exhausted. My body had nothing more to give. My hormone tank was empty. Now I feel twenty years younger and have a lot of energy. We are so fortunate to have advocates for women’s health in Ohio like Lyn. I feel this is the natural way to go: listen to your body and do your research.“

Women can attend a free initial consultation at any of the five Happy Hormone Cottages and have their hormone levels tested. After meeting with a nurse practitioner, a compounded, personalized prescription of hormone creams containing biestrogen, progesterone and testosterone will then be created for each woman based on her hormone needs.

Prescriptions are filled at the Piqua Consulting and Compounding Lab, which uses a high-tech, Resodyne mixer to mix compounded, therapeutic prescriptions for hormone therapy, pain management, and creative drug delivery systems.

“We need to educate ourselves on our health and own our journeys to wellness,” said Hogrefe. “Women need to get passionate about taking charge of their health. If they do nothing, then today is the best day they are going to have.”

Hogrefe has written Own Your Journey to Optimal Hormone Balance(New Leaf Press, April, 2014), a book on her personal journey to wellness through BHRT. She is also a speaker, educator and blogger on women’s hormone health. The book is available on the Happy Hormone Cottage website and in all its office locations. A book signing will be held on Tuesday, July 15 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Nonnie Waller’s Cross Pointe Town Center, 1010 E. Alex-Bell Road in Centerville.

For a complete schedule of events, go to www.happyhormonecottage.com/events.htm. For more information, go to www.happyhormonecottage.com, email info@happyhormonecottage.com or call (513) 444-6343.

About Happy Hormone Cottage:
Happy Hormone Cottage, LLC is dedicated to helping women get tested, treated and better through the use of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). The company also founded HHC Consulting, LLC to educate functional medicine doctors and nurse practitioners on how to successfully integrate BHRT into patient treatment plans.

Happy hormone cottage introduces a NEW way to test for thyroid. Say Hello to the FDA Approved Thyroflex Machine

Over the past several years, women have been seeking out the happy hormone cottage to get their hormones checked and then balanced. Their focus has for the most part has been on balancing estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Part of our strategy is to educate our women on the 3 major hormones of the body: Insulin, cortisol, and thyroid. Up until now, we have been successful with testing cortisol and discussing insulin resistance and control. Thyroid has always been a challenge as we have been limited by using current blood testing of TSH, T3 , and T4. Most women have “had” their thyroid checked by blood and have often been told that they are “normal”. Worse than that, women have often been diagnosed with low thyroid or hypothyroidism, but have been inadequately treated. Relying on these same tests to determine dose has left most women undertreated and left with not feeling any improvement when taking thyroid medication. Symptoms of low thyroid include: cold body temperature, fatigue, hair loss, tendency to gain weight, dry skin, low sex drive, brain fog, and poor sleep. Chronic low thyroid disease can lead to heart disease, insulin resistance, arthritis and inflammation, and even alzheimers disease.
The problem with current thyroid blood testing is that it doesn’t acknowledge the role of thyroid in the body. Thyroid does not have any effect in the blood. In order for thyroid to be effective, it must leave the blood and enter the cells. Once inside the cells, thyroid (t3) travels to the mitochondria (think energy factory) and is involved in a complicated chemical reaction to produce energy for the cell. Without thyroid, there is a significant lack of energy and the cell either loses function, or dies. There are a great many processes that effect thyroid’s ability to get in the cell and work its magic. When testing only blood, the assumption is that all these processes are working effectively and this clearly isn’t the case. This is why so many women don’t feel their thyroid medication is working.

In an effort to solve this issue, the happy hormone cottage has begun testing thyroid function. Instead of relying on blood levels of TSH , T4, and T3, we have begun testing the effectiveness of thyroid inside the cells. The machine we are using to test thyroid function is called the Thyroflex. The Thyroflex is an FDA approved, non-invasive test that measures the speed (in milliseconds) of the brachioradialis reflex in the arm. It is a simple, painless test that takes only about 4 minutes to administer. The value of the Thyroflex is that it can accurately measure the function of the thyroid. We find that women that have been told in the past that they had “normal” thyroid function test for low thyroid function on the Thyroflex machine. Once thyroid therapy has been initiated, retesting of the Thyroflex can be used to titrate to the proper and effective dose of thyroid. Having the proper amount of thyroid entering the cells is critical to improve symptoms of low thyroid.
Our current strategy is to include thyroid testing at our initial consults or at our follow up. It is important for cortisol issues and estrogen/progesterone balance to be addressed simultaneously because they can have a dramatic impact on thyroid function. Although not our current recommendation, we will test new clients for thyroid function if they are symptomatic of low thyroid or feel they have been inadequately treated with thyroid therapy. As always, the Happy Hormone Cottage’s mission statement is “women helping women for wellness.” We are all about educating women so they can own their journey to their best health naturally. For further information, or to schedule an appointment at one of our 5 area locations, please visit www.happyhormonecottage.com. We look forward to serving you.

“I Asked My Ob Gyn About Bioidentical Hormones Yesterday……….”

I love getting these emails because it gives me yet another chance to guide women. This email began with, “FYI-I asked my ob gyn about bioidentical hormones yesterday at an appointment and she said she doesn’t know much about them. She is also reluctant to recommend them because they are not FDA-approved. She may be open to learning more if someone approaches her. She answered all of my questions about menopause pretty honestly, I believe.” Where to start? My response is this:
“I am happy you were able to speak with your doctor and I appreciate her honesty in admitting she doesn’t know much about BHRT (bioidentical hormone replacement therapy). She is somewhat misinformed about the FDA piece. Everything we make (customized, compounded bhrt) is FDA-approved. The problem is that the FDA’s job is to approve drugs for the masses. The job to approve customized therapy for one falls under the jurisdiction of the states’ Boards of Pharmacy. The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy is extremely stringent, which is a good thing!
On a side note, just because a drug for the masses has been approved by the FDA, does not make it safe or effective. Many of these are approved after a mere 12-week study. Really? And then we wonder why we see ads and commercials about drugs that have been recalled because they have harmful side effects, including death. So I’m not sure why being FDA-approved is the gold standard. It certainly is not in my book.
I am hopeful that your doctor, and other ob gyns, will make it their responsibility to become informed on the safety and efficacy of customized, compounded bhrt. It is not my job to teach them. In fact, it would be most beneficial and impactful for you to get information to her so she can get educated and informed. My website (www.happyhormonecottage.com) has a
Resources & Readings section chockfull of studies and resources. I have even incorporated a special “Practitioner’s Resources” section full of studies so any doctor who wants to become informed has this info at his/her fingertips. I have already done all the work in gathering this data.
Here’s the thing- WE are not going away. BHRT is not a fad. Ours is a grassroots, organic movement of educating and empowering women so they can Own Their Journey to WELLNESS. The women who do the work and become educated are the ones who become empowered to their best health naturally.
The research shows again and again that we MUST REFILL OUR HORMONE TANKS THAT DEPLETE WITH AGE so our bodies have what they need to go the distance. Our hormones begin to deplete at age 35. By the time we are through with menopause, we no longer have the estrogen we need to protect our heart from heart disease or our brain from dementia; we no longer have the testosterone we need to rebuild new, strong bone; and we no longer have the progesterone we need to balance our estrogen dominance to fight breast cancer. A wonderful study on my website’s Resources & Readings section was conducted by Dr Erika Schwartz and Dr Kent Holtorf entitled, “Hormones in Wellness and Disease Prevention: Current State of the Evidence and Questions for the Future.” Read it. Encourage your healthcare practitioner to read it. After all, if your healthcare practitioner doesn’t know much about this critical topic in women’s health of WELLNESS ANG AGING, what is YOUR responsibility? How will YOU own your own journey to wellness?”
The truth is, hormones are to women what water is to plants. They are necessary for a great quality of life so we can go the distance. I urge women to come in and see us to begin their journey to hormone balance and wellness. My greatest gift is getting women on board so they can take charge of their journey. We have tons of studies, books and articles. I just wrote my own book, “Own Your Journey….to Optimal Hormone Balance” to help and guide women. (You can order it online on my website’s “shop 24/7 online store).

I recommend women keep their ob gyn for their ob gyn needs, but come in and see our hormone health expert, Angela Rothstein, for their hormone needs. We wouldn’t take our imported car to a Ford dealership. Why would we trust our bodies in this arena of women’s health to practitioners who are not well-versed in this field? As consumers, we have the right to demand the best for ourselves and our hormone journey. It does begin with you. Simply dialoguing with your doctor to get his/her opinion isn’t enough. Because the information can be confusing and the media continues to circulate misinformation and untruths with the big pharma agenda, you won’t have a chance if you don’t think for yourself, ask the big questions and learn the truth for yourself. Your journey to wellness is yours. Own it!

The Top Ten Reasons to Visit the Happy Hormone Cottage

Unless you have been living in another country or a cave, you have probably heard the buzz from a plethora of sources on hormone therapy. And you have most likely heard conflicting and confusing information. It has been my experience that when we go to our healthcare professionals to clear up the confusion, most aren’t in the know in the latest research and information. So what to do? Educate yourself with the latest information and own your journey to your best health naturally! This is the primary reason why I began my first Happy Hormone Cottage in the Heart of Centerville 5 years ago- to clear up the confusion and misinformation that abounds in hormone therapy, and to encourage women to take charge of their journey. We’ve come a long way, baby!

The first truth you must know, and this truth is supported in the research and studies (read on our website ) written by doctors, is that we MUST REFILL OUR HORMONE TANKS as we age, so we can prevent disease and prevent the symptoms of hormone imbalance that occur as we age after 35. Let me be clear. Our HHC is NOT a menopause facility. The scope is so much broader. What we understand is the importance of refilling our hormone receptors every day, beginning right around age 35-40 and continuing on until we expire. It is a daily routine like brushing our teeth to prevent tooth decay. What we understand is that when our hormone receptors run dry, there are no hormones left to do key jobs in our body. So for a healthy body, we NEED the necessary replenished hormones (progesterone, estradiol/estriol, testosterone) to protect our heart from heart disease, fight osteoporosis by rebuilding strong bones, prevent breast cancer and protect our brain from dementia, AND to abolish the many symptoms that arise from hormone imbalance: sleeplessness, fatigue, low libido, anxiety, weight gain, brain fog etc. To do anything less is not supported by the latest information.

Once you understand the importance of refilling our hormone tanks, why come to us at one of our 5 locations? (Piqua, Vandalia, Kettering, Mason and Crestview Hills, KY) Let me list the top ten reasons:
1) Our primary goal is to listen, validate, educate and love our women from where they are to where they want to be, with free consultations. Our program, that I developed, is based on customer service, non-invasive therapy, and affordability. We are authentic and honest. We value our women and offer a successful support system with the goal to get our women to feel their best.
2) We are the ONLY facility in our area that uses the latest, state-of-the-art dried urine strip testing to check sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone; AND cortisol. The amount of information we can glean from dried urine testing far exceeds the information we can get from blood serum or saliva.
3) We have our own nurse practitioner, whom I call our “hormone whisperer!” We encourage our clients to keep their ob gyn for their gyn needs, but see our nurse practitioner for their hormone health needs. This just makes sense. Plus it is easy and convenient to get all of your hormone needs met at one facility.
4) Not only do we now have our own nurse practitioner, we also have on staff, Jeff Hogrefe RPh, who has an Advanced Fellowship in Functional Medicine through the Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, which allows him to look at the body holistically to fix the cause of health issues. He works closely with our nurse practitioner.
5) We are the only facility around that uses physiological dosing of our compounded bioidentical hormone creams to refill hormone receptors. We are against supra-physiological delivery systems that put too much hormone into the body. Why? We have seen too many issues with this type of therapy and it doesn’t make sense to us.
6) We are affiliated with Suzanne Somers Forever Health organization. We are approved by her as a viable Bhrt facility.
7) We are the only facility in the area that has the Thyroflex thyroid machine (FDA-approved) that tests the function of the thyroid to determine need for medication and proper dosing.
8) We have a consulting business, HHC Consulting for Doctors, where we offer mentorship to doctors across the country in how to do Bhrt the right way.
9) I have established a Foundation- The Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation- to raise money for the prevention of breast cancer. I have access to cutting edge information and experts in the field of holistic healing that need funding to continue their life-saving work in the prevention of cancer. If we can predict it, we can work to prevent it. To learn more or to donate, go to www.womenshealthinitiatives.org.
10) Finally, I recently wrote a book-Own Your Journey to Optimal Hormone Balance- to educate and empower women to take charge of their journey to their best health naturally. (Go to our online store to order)

My team and I at our Happy Hormone Cottages walk our walk of women helping women for wellness. It starts with you. Welcome to your journey. We look forward to serving you!

For more information or to make an appointment for your free consultation, call us at 513-444-6343 or email us at info@happyhormonecottage.com.

Lyn