Every system in the body is controlled by hormones. As we get older, hormone levels change…and so do we. Manipulating levels of certain hormones can provide a significant change to the quality of life.
I would like to provide certain information that might help you wade through the morass of conflicting statements associated with advice about hormones. Questions may arise about the following: Which hormones do I replace? Should they be in the form of pills, creams, injections, troches, or pellets placed under the skin? Should I have a blood test, a saliva test, or a urine test to determine my levels? What are the potential side effects? What kind of doctor or practitioner should I use? Is it necessary to sign up for an annual program for a few thousand dollars?
How do I determine if the doctor is qualified to balance my hormones? Should the hormones be combined into one pill or one cream?
I do not have enough space to answer all these questions. Instead, I will discuss hormones from a direction that I feel will be helpful to you. I am obliged to tell you that you should only listen to the advice of your doctor.
But you should be aware that doctors actually receive very little or no training when it comes to hormones – specifically when it comes to replacement therapy. This includes gynecologists. Doing your own due diligence about hormones can easily put you on the same level of knowledge, or possibly above, the level of your doctor.
This lack of knowledge has resulted in the following fallacies with regards to hormones:
- Women who have had hysterectomies do not need to be placed on progesterone
- Progesterone is a woman’s hormone
- TSH is the only thyroid screening test that is necessary
- A low AM cortisol level on a saliva test indicates adrenal fatigue
- Estradiol is the primary hormone to replace in women and should always be given
- Premarin cream is effective for vaginal dryness
- There is no cure for stress incontinence
- Saliva tests are the most accurate tests to determine hormone levels
- Progesterone taken orally is an effective way to replace levels
- Hot flashes should always be treated with estrogen
- Pellet therapy is a safe way to provide hormone replacement
- Testosterone causes prostate cancer
In a perfect world you will be able to find a practitioner that treats patients and uses blood tests only to confirm what he already knows. Women in the menopause will have almost no progesterone, and low levels of estradiol, testosterone, and DHEA. Testosterone is an important hormone for the heart, and used correctly it can eliminate stress incontinence. Women with the highest DHEA levels have the greatest longevity. Progesterone cream should always be used on a daily basis in a 5% strength. Be wary of estradiol. Estriol is the only estrogen that does not cause cancer and will eliminate vaginal dryness in 10-14 days when used intravaginally (a 2.5mg strength).
For those of you who wish to learn more about hormones, I would recommend my book “The Miracle of Bio-identical Hormones”. It is the number one hormone book in Germany, and had brought thousands of patients to my office from all over the country and all over the world. I have written a manual for doctors and healthcare practitioners called: “The Platt Protocol for Hormone Balancing”. It is available on my website (www.plattwellness .com). My other book is called “Adrenaline Dominance”, which explores all the conditions caused by excess adrenaline, many felt to be incurable, and how to treat it. These conditions include fibromyalgia, PMDD, ADHD, insomnia, weight gain, IBS, road rage, bed-wetting in children, cyclical vomiting syndrome, and more.
An additional source of information is my booklet called: “Dr. Platt’s Guide to Bio-identical Hormones”. It is available free when people purchase my 5% progesterone cream on my website called PlattPro5%. Just send an e-mail request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The bottom line: It is not difficult to get hormones in balance. However, it needs to be done logically and selectively.