Re: Bio-Identical hormones
I've heard of these centers - heard good things about them. But I can't say more, because I've never been to one.
However, I do take bio-identical hormones, and they are wonderful, especially compared to the synthetic hormones I was taking. No side effects at all, and things like Rosacea and anxiety that I had while still on the synthetic hormones are completely gone with the bio-identical.
I don't have as much of a risk of breast cancer, but my doctor, a holistic M.D., says that, even though I have no uterus anymore, I still have bones and breasts to protect, which is what the Progesterone is for. I have heard that even women who can't take Estrogen because of breast cancer risks, can, and SHOULD still take Progesterone to protect their breasts from cancer. Estrogen can be found even in some foods and therefore, we tend to have more than enough estrogen, but generally have too little progesterone (which makes the ratio between the two "off"). So, it makes sense to take Progesterone to restore the natural balance. Too much estrogen (even from foods) to too little progesterone can be a greater risk to getting breast cancer.
That's all I know. I have a friend who has a high risk of breast cancer in her family, and she will not even look into taking natural progesterone. It really bothers me that she is sinking further and further into horrible menopausal symptoms - that natural progesterone could alleviate. But, she won't even consider it. It's her choice, and yours, but I would encourage you to at least learn as much as you can about it, and be open to what they say at that clinic.
I don't know about the idea that you can still take natural estrogen safely if you have a risk for breast cancer. But from what I understand, it is better to take natural progesterone to protect against breast cancer, uterine cancer, and osteoporosis, than to not take it at all.