I saw a hormone specialist yesterday. I went to him for explanation on bioidentical hormones. He did say we could go that route but also said I could try taking estrogen and some other hormone by mouth. The estrogen wouldn't be like the kind in Premarin. He said it wasn't synthetic. He said lets look at the blood test first to decide. Then he ask me if I would be interested in being part of a research study for estrogen and testosterone. He said the FDA is requiring a study of this as some of the newer information has changed they thought years ago. He did say testosterone would help the libido. I told him I feel kind of numb in that area now like there isn't much feeling. I really don't know if I should try the study or not. Part of me wants to. I am very confused about the hormones and what does what I have 2 books I read don't know if I am allowed to post the titles. Still its confusing. I will hear from the research person next week as to if I can participate. LindaM
How do I find out about the study cos I'm ready to be signed up. I can relate to the numb feeling. One ? for you have you had a partial hysterectomy? I did 12 years ago and I blame it on nerve damage by the way I am 42yrs old
I think being involved in a research study is kind of like being a guinea pig. I wouldn't do it. This stuff hasn't been tested on anyone yet, so you don't know what could happen. The other issue is that you may end up part of the control group; that is, usually there is always a control group. Being in the control group will mean you are most likely receiving just a placebo. That means you may not be getting anything for your symptoms. Again, kind of like a guinea pig because you don't get any kind of treatment during that time in the research project, if you are in the control group.
The one book I would highly recommend is by John Lee MD. He wrote several on the subject, including ones on menapause and peri-menapause. His books have excellent information in them. Lee pioneered the use of natural progesterone cream. If you are really serious about understanding hormones and specificially bio-identical hormones, then you should consider Lee's books. You could probably find some other information on his books and his recomendations on the internet too. Good luck.
Get the specifics from the doctor about the study. Find out if the hormones they are giving are natural or synthetic. Find out what they are looking for.
Usually the doses they give are high and extreme, but if you get as much info then you can make you own choices wisely.
Bioidential hormones can be given trans-dermal ( through the skin like a cream), drops, or pills. Some doctors have ways they feel are better. One friend takes her trans-dermal and another through pills. Both friends are feeling a hugh difference in their daily lives.
Hi, I haven't had a partial hystorectomy. Sorry I can't tell you anything about being numb from that. The doctor did seem to think its a hormone problem. But it could be from nerve damage like you think.. The study is in Tampa, Florida. If your near there and still want to let me know I will post the phone number.
I never thought about the fact I might not be getting any meds just a placebo. I don't want to wait around any longer. I will get doctor Lees book and read up on more of this. Thanks all Linda
Its interesting that you mention feeling numb in the vaginal area? I had a full hysto leaving in the ovaries. BUT, before my hysto I had a huge fibroid tumor that was pressing on my bladder. I noticed that I couldn't have a strong orgasm anymore. I assummed it was from the bladder problem.
Well, after my hysto, I have a mild orgasm........~sigh~