- Posted October 23, 2010 by
New Orleans, Louisiana
This iReport is part of an assignment:
'The Change': Coping with menopause
There is help!
I began early menopause in my early 40's. At age 52, I became very ill and was diagnosed with fibroid tumors wrapped around my colon. I had surgery and the docs told me they had to take everything female out. After the surgery, my GYN prescribed HRT taken orally.
I continued to worsen to the point I had difficulty working all day. Having been in a demanding job and extremely active lifestyle, I was stopped in my tracks. I did not experience the typical night sweats or hot flashes. Rather, I felt like I was 85 instead of 55 with no energy, brain fog, no libido, aches and pains in my joints, very dry skin, trouble walking up steps, frequent urination, etc. I could not continue my activity level.
Luckily, my GYN referred me to a GYN who specializes in menopausal women. He tested my hormone levels and found they were severely deficient. He spoke at length about pellet implants. Surprisingly, I had never heard of them. They are bio-identical hormones (estradiol and testosterone) placed in your hip about every 6 months.
Doctors don't usually recommend them because they don't know about them. Why? Not approved by the FDA for women, only for men. Not covered by insurance. Although developed in the 1940's, this procedure is safe and has decades of studies saying these rice-sized pellets improve a woman's health by lightyears including heart health, bone health and no higher incidence of cancer related to pellet implants.
I function now just as I did when I was half my age. I'll be 60. Energy levels returned, mental acuity excellent, sex life better than ever and I could go on and on. Run, don't walk. Find a doctor near you who specializes in pellet implant therapy. It not only restored me to health, these hormone pellets saved my life.