Re: Bio-Identical Hormone Question
I bio-identical hormones prescribed to me by a gyno that deals with natural hormone therapy (actually I've moved and have to find a new one). When my symptoms were at their worst, I did a saliva test and the results were sent to her - that's how she prescribed the hormones to the compounding pharmacy. I was low on estrogen, prgesterone, testosterone and DHEA. Six months later, we did a follow up saliva test and adjusted the hormones again. I also started taking supplements like magnesium, potassium, iron and GABA (among others). I feel much much better than I did about 14 months ago.
There is a lot of information about bioidentical hormones out there. Basically, they are made from plant products that are more similar to our own estrogen (rather than horse urine). However, that's not to say that it's risk free. There are still risks involved when taking estrogen. I believe the risk is lower mainly because of the doses involved. It's also my understanding that the earlier in periomenopause you start, the less risk (as opposed to a woman who has already been in menopause a few years).
I would find a doctor who specializes in bioidentical hormones, so they can evaluate your situation. My gyno also recommended the other natural supplements to help with symptoms (like magnesium). Any Dr. that tells you to "grin and bear it" is worthless. If you know that's what you might get, I wouldn't even go there.
I hope this helps, but feel free to ask if you have other specific questions.