My Intro & Request for Doctor Referral

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My Intro & Request for Doctor Referral

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Re: My Intro & Request for Doctor Referral

Postby Tiramisu1984 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 7:24 pm

Good luck in your search for a doctor!

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Re: My Intro & Request for Doctor Referral

Postby Julie G » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:13 pm

Welcome hill dweller! I'm certain that you'll find a progressive gyn in your area. Hopefully, someone will chime in with a suggestion. Your plan to tackle IR first seems spot on. Kudos for working on optimizing your health. We'd love to hear about your progress.

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Re: My Intro & Request for Doctor Referral

Postby Stavia » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:23 pm

Welcome hill dweller.
I can't help with obgyn, but maybe a patch would be acceptable to your current one?
Do you need covering progesterone as well ie do you have an intact uterus? ( oy, sounds very personal, pls forgive if too familiar).
What dietary strategies are you following currently?

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Re: My Intro & Request for Doctor Referral

Postby SusanJ » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:18 am

Hi hill dweller, and welcome.

I do not see a obgyn, but use a functional medicine doctor, who can order the appropriate blood tests and prescribe accordingly. You might consider that if you can't find an obgyn willing to work with you.

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Re: My Intro & Request for Doctor Referral

Postby hill dweller » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:26 am

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Re: My Intro & Request for Doctor Referral

Postby Stavia » Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:48 am

For me the major **clinical** difference in the bioidentical HRT is the progesterone/progestagin. This is because it may be where the breast cancer risk lies.

Oestradiol is available in both traditional and bioidentical paradigms. It is the same as the oestradiol molecule our bodies make premenopause. So the oestrogen available in the traditional HRT can be bioidentical as well. It can be a patch or a tablet. In the bioidentical world this can be accompanied by the other two oestrogen molecules that our bodies make. It can be given as a cream or lozenge in the bioidentical world. This latter combination is not available in the traditional model. It is unclear if all three are necessary clinically. There are other oestrogen like medications available in the traditional HRT which are not the same as our bodies make. It is unclear if this is a bad thing or not but personally I cant imagine why anyone would chose to take an analogue rather than the oestradiol.
I personally use a prescription oestradiol patch 50 mcg.

Now the progesterone. Here's the rub. In the women's health study it appeared to be the addition of progestogen/progestagin that increased the risk of breast cancer. However they did not separate progesterones (same as our bodies make) from artificial progestagins. It may be the latter that is the culprit, but it is unclear. Here again, I personally would not take the latter. Bioidentical micronised oral progesterone capsules are available both in the traditional model and the bioidentical model. Or as a cream but I would be loath to bet my endometrial protection on the variable absorption of a cream. In some countries it is available as a patch in combination with oestradiol. Or there is an option of a Mirena which I personally have as progesterone makes me feel very drowsy all day.

The word bioidentical is thus a very clever marketing word. The same molecules are available in the traditional medical model as well.

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Re: My Intro & Request for Doctor Referral

Postby Julie G » Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:55 pm

Brilliant breakdown, Stavia. Thank you!

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Re: My Intro & Request for Doctor Referral

Postby hill dweller » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:06 am

Thank you, Stavia


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