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Sunday, January 19, 2014

HRT - Hormone Replacement Therapy

HRT - Hormone Replacement Therapy
HRT involves replacing hormones that you are lacking in usually due to the aging process. I'm a huge advocate and believer of bioidentical hormone creams. "Bioidentical" means biologically identical to human hormones. Meaning it is the exact replica to what we already make in our bodies. Bioidentical hormones can be made from soy, wild yam, and other plant extracts, or synthesized in a lab to replicate human hormones. Bioidentical hormones are not drugs, they're hormones, whereas synthetic hormones like Premarin and Prempro are drugs and have been proven to be harmful to your health by creating hormonal imbalances.

I have been taking bioidentical creams for about 3 years now and it has improved my well being. I have the worse PMS symptoms and it can be pretty scary to be around me during that time. One minute I'm crying over spilt milk and the next I'll give you a tongue lashing for just talking to me the wrong way. I'm here to tell you that you don't need to live like this!


Bioidentical Hormone Cream, Progesterone 300mg/ml made by Medical Center Pharmacy in Aiea, Oahu, HI

In the past, I would discuss this issue with my doctors for years and it was always brushed off that it was "normal" and that my blood test results were "in the normal range" and I was told to exercise more or meditate more. I was a professional polynesian dancer working non-stop and taking adult dance classes for fun on top of zumba and surfing activities and I was being told to exercise more?! I did everything, but nothing helped. I finally read Suzanne Somer's book, "Ageless: the naked truth about bioidentical hormones", where she wrote about optimal health and not buying into the idea that we have to accept the idea that aging comes with aches and pains because it doesn't have to! You just need to replace the hormones that are missing and you can continue to have the same energy and vitality as you did in your youth.

When PMS occurs it's because your progesterone hormone is plummeting, usually the week or two before you get your ma'i (menstruation), and the only thing left is estrogen. When this occurs your hormones are not balanced because your need both your progesterone and estrogen to be balanced and this is why you become very emotional when you lack progesterone.  I finally found a doctor on Oahu named Dr. Curtis Takemoto-Gentile who is an M.D. and a Naturopathic medicine doctor on King Street who understood everything that I was talking about and had even read Suzanne Somer's book and it was through him that I received my hormone blood test and bioidentical creams that have improved my life.  Finally, after seeing so many western doctors, who just expected me to live with and accept such poor health care (just because I fell within the "normal range" even though it was at the low-end of the spectrum).  You have options!

The PMS Treatment Clinic in Arcadia, California descrribes PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) as a condition of estrogen dominance-progesterone deficiency. It occurs in the two weeks before the period and goes away when the period is over. 150 emotional and physical symptoms can occur. Symptoms may include headaches, migraines, menstrual cramps, depression, irritability, fatigue, emotional outbursts, low blood sugar, rage, out of control behavior, dizziness, decreased resistance to infection and epileptic seizures. An underactive thyroid is commonly an underlying disorder that is present.
Patients can become symptom-free on natural progesterone therapy. If the patient is hypothyroid, treatment involves thyroid supplements.

Synthetic hormones (premarin and provera) have recently been linked with a 20%-40% increased risk for breast cancer, heart attack and stroke.

Bioidentical hormones are made up by a compounding pharmacy and are covered by major insurance. Bioidentical hormones, when balanced by an experienced medical professional, do not cause side effects. They are estradiol, estriol and progesterone-the very same hormones (bio-identical) produced by the female body. Bioidentical hormones are the effective choice for women in the 21st century.



The little puka (hole) at the top is where the cream comes out from 

I turn the pink top with two clicks for my dosage

Then I place it on my wrist and rub my two wrists together. It enters the bloodstream immediately through this area.

This is what it looks like after its been rubbed in. All Pau! 

HRT is also great for women suffering from perimenopause and/or menopause. So if your mother or Tutu is acting pupule (crazy) or complaining that they are "soooo hot!" all the time, you may want to check with their doctor for perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms. 




Highly recommended books to read on HRT


11 comments:

  1. Thanks for the advice. I have been having bad mood swings lately and feel like it is because my hormones are out of balance. I agree that hormone replacement is a good way to get back in balance. I am going to try it out.

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  2. You're welcome Nathan! Please see a good doctor that listens to you and keeps up to date with medical knowledge. Many doctors are still ignorant about HRT even thought it was even featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show over 10-15 yrs ago as a very beneficial and natural treatment. People don't realize that both Kane (men) and Wahine (women) can have hormonal imbalances and it's only natural as we age. Good luck & Blessings! xoxo

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