Friday, January 13, 2012
Medical Reports: Hormone Therapy
It's been a debate for years, is hormone replacement therapy safe for women going through menopause? 7s Lynn Martinez has the latest answers and way to get Hormone Help.
WSVN -- When Bonnie Christie started going through menopause about six years ago. She felt like her life was turned upside down.
Bonnie Christie: "The menopause symptoms were debilitating. The hot flashes were very intense, they brought about anxiety."
The 52-year-old says she felt so horrible she stopped eating right and exercising.
Bonnie Christie: "Menopause caused me to gain between 18 and 20 pounds just instantly."
She says her first shot at hormone replacement therapy, a generic patch wasn't the answer.
Bonnie Christie: "Oh, the generic patch made me worse."
That's when Bonnie's doctor told her about Hormone Pellet Therapy. The pellets which are about the size of a grain of rice are implanted under the skin and release bioidentical hormones into the body.
Dr. Mitchell Ghen: "Once it's in, it's there for six months, you don't have to think about it anymore, and during the day and night you're getting a smooth distribution of these hormones into your system."
Dr. Ghen from Boca Raton's Sanctuary Medical Center says he's been using it successfully on patients for a decade, but he warns not all hormone replacement therapies are alike.
Dr. Mitchell Ghen: "A bio-identical hormone is natural and it looks identical to the molecule that is in the female or in the male. Where as the other, when typically bought from store or from prescription, unfortunately is a little bit different, and that little bit of change could cause the body to see it as foreign material."
Over the years, there's been a lot of controversy over the use of hormone replacement therapy because of the fear of increased heart disease and cancer risks.
Dr. Mitchell Ghen: "If someone knows that they have breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, they would not be a good candidate at this moment for HR we have to look at what is the benefit what is the risk."
If you have a clean bill of health, Dr Ghen says the right kind of hormone replacement can be a life changer.
Dr. Mitchell Ghen: "I think if women want to stay healthy their whole life, we have to look at when we were the healthiest from 18 to 25. No one was getting breast cancer, so if we can mimic the hormone levels of when we were healthy, that would be the best to keep us healthy long-term."
Bonnie has been on the pellet therapy for just two months and already notices a world of difference.
Bonnie Christie: "The water weight started to dissipate, my energy level was up, I could sleep at night, I could focus on my work. It's a way to get your life back."
Lynn Martinez: "Doctors can measure what hormones you need and how much you should get a physical exam and blood work before starting hormone therapy."