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Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
Jemyls posted:
I will be 45 this year and am experiencing many of the perimenopause symtoms. I have been reading up and learning about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and woud like to know has anyone used them and how effective has it been and is it safe. I feel like I'm going crazy and my body does whatever it wants to and I have no control. The weight gain and mood swings are the hardest to deal with. Aches all over and no energy is a problem too and I'm desperate for a solution. I want to enjoy life and this is not acceptable.
Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear Jemlys,
Do read about bioidentical hormones-but don't go to a compounding pharmacy to find them. Please talk with your health care provider, if you are interested in them: and your health care provider can prescribe for you bioidentical products (estrogen in patches or gels) and progesterone, if needed, in pills or vaginal gels-from regulated pharmaceutical companies, with inspected plants. If your health care provider doesn't know about these, go to the website of the North American Menopause Society,, and you can find a list of certified menopause practitioners near you, who would know all about these regular approved products-all plant derived, and tested.
Good luck,
Mary Jane
Jemyls replied to Mary Jane Minkin, MD's response:
Thank you so much for your advice. I will surely be looking into this and talking to my Dr. It's been a rough journey the past year and the worst of it has been the weight gain.
Thank you,
wcarolegr responded:
Liquid Calcium,Boron at least 125mcg and beta-carotene will stop the heat flashes. Takes 3 to 5 days. You can get this at Wal-Mart there equate brand of multivitamin has the borob and the beta-carotene. They also have the Sundown brand of Liquid-filled Calcium. This works

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