Sabrina’s Experiences with Bioidentical Hormones

November 30, 2019.

In our Perry Community, we highlight real women, real struggles, and real solutions. Please meet the lovely Sabrina and learn from her experience with bioidentical hormones. Here are Sabrina’s answers to questions from women in our Perry Community. 

“Hello to all,

I am 51 years old, in the beginning phase of menopause. My perimenopause symptoms began a few years ago where I experienced the following symptoms:

  1. Sporadic hot flashes at night while sleeping
  2. Inconsistent periods, one month I would have a period then go a while without having one
  3. Spotting
  4. Metabolism slowing down
  5. Mood swings
  6. Poor sleep

Currently, I am also experiencing gut issues & have had to watch my diet, eating clean, and eliminating many things I used to enjoy

I currently see a hormone doctor & am receiving bio-identical creams tailored to my symptoms. The creams have helped tremendously with my night sweats and better sleep along with supplements. My diet plays a huge role in how I feel/sleep daily. I workout 3 to 4 times a week combining HIIT & strength training which also helps with my metabolism & energy levels!” 

Questions from the Perry Community to Sabrina

Q. Any headaches from the bioidentical hormones treatment?

A. No I have not received any headaches from the treatment

Q. Did you ever consider HRT?

A. I have not considered HRT, I prefer to use natural therapy. The bioidentical cream is an all-natural vegetable-based cream without side effects

Q. What was the first symptom you experienced?

A. My first symptom I experienced began with irregular periods

Q. Do you use any natural remedies to lessen symptoms?

A. I have found a few natural remedies that have helped with some symptoms:

  1. 2 tbsp of chia seeds daily with hot flashes
  2. 1 tbsp of organic honey before each meal helps relieve my gut issues 
  3. Digestive enzymes before meals help me with digestion & bloating
  4. Turmeric for joint pain
  5. Magnesium before bed helps to calm & aid with sleep
  6. Tons of water to stay hydrated

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Q. What enzymes do you take?

A. I take digestive enzymes before a large meal in a pill format

Q. Which supplements are you taking daily?

A. Daily supplements I take are:

  1. Vitamin D
  2. Vitex
  3. Collagen powder
  4. L-glutamine powder
  5. Maca
  6. Liquid magnesium before bed
  7. Turmeric capsules

Q. Did your doctor conduct a hormone level test?

A. The hormone doctor I am seeing did extensive bloodwork to check all my hormones that my family doctor did not check for.

Q. Do you have any side effects from the cream?

A.  I have 0 side effects from the cream, it has helped me tremendously with my hot flashes and helps me sleep during the night

Q. Any sleeping trouble?

A. I did experience sleep troubles where I would fall asleep but hot flashes would wake me up & I would have trouble falling back asleep. The cream has eliminated that as the hot flashes have reduced. I also find that daily exercise has helped me immensely with stress, mental clarity, and helping with my metabolism.

Q. Any advice for sore breasts?

A. I didn’t really experience any breast comfort, however, my go-to remedies are always natural remedies, try vitamins such as fish oils or vitamin E. Visit a health food store first, they can provide more info.

Q. Ever tried estrogen, any thoughts?

A. I have not tried estrogen, when I did my hormone testing it showed low estrogen which my bioidentical creams have been helping with.

Q. I am currently on bioidentical hormones (for a week) & not seeing much difference. More patience?

A. Yes, don’t give up with the bioidentical hormone therapy! It is a much safer alternative to hormone therapy and it made a huge difference for me. If you are not experiencing comfort in a few more days you need to speak with a therapist, perhaps she needs to tweak your cream. Also, make sure you are following the instructions properly on how to use the cream.

In addition, I firmly believe that your diet plays a huge role in how I feel and my sleep patterns. I find that eating food with white sugar, white flour, and foods that are processed do not give me a good night’s sleep and increase my hot flashes.

I try to stay away from those foods in the evening if I can, also try to drink tons of water to stay hydrated.

Q. Ever struggled with anxiety?

A. I have struggled with anxiety many times in my life, knowing the symptoms and understanding when I have to take a step back and breathe and not let the symptoms get worse is always a struggle. I believe my exercise routine & taking time for myself sometimes help me to refocus my anxiety. Also, the daily supplement of calcium & magnesium helps with calmness. At times just taking a few short deep breathes helps !!

Q. Any workout routine advice?

A. My workout routine consists of HIIT training, along with weight training which I try to do 3x weekly, also enjoy walking in the evenings, which helps with sleep.

 

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Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, does not take the place of medical advice from your physician, and is not intended to treat or cure any disease. Patients should see a qualified medical provider for assessment and treatment.

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Julia Walker
perry expert Julia (RN, BSN, BA) is a registered nurse based in Colorado. Julia's nursing background in women’s health has ranged from neonatal and postpartum care to labor and delivery, to outpatient gynecological medicine for both adolescent and adult populations. She specializes in helping women optimize their health during perimenopause and beyond.

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