Oprah did her second show on bioidentical hormones yesterday and there was Suzanne Somers front and center. How could you even think about doing a show about bioidenticals without having this staunch advocate there to cheer us on? Suzanne has been beating the drums on this controversial topic for the last ten years and that's exactly what we needed to shake us up. She admits to being a fanatic about all of this but nevertheless she does get us thinking and that's a very good thing.
It's amazing to me that there are still millions of women out there who still are in the dark about menopause and combating the diseases of aging. Oprah's show yesterday proved that. So many women from all over the country are suffering when they don't have to.
The program highlighted a 46 year old woman from Burlington, Ontario who has been suffering terribly from a severe drop in her hormone levels. Of course she was unaware of what was making her feel so lousy. Her quality of life just turned from good to terrible and it happened very quickly. I was wondering as I watched how it gets that bad without talking to your doctor or at least getting online and doing some research to find out what's going on.
Anyway, this woman was flown from Canada to California about ten days ago and Robin, Dr. Phil's wife, escorted her to the doctor. She was given a full hormone panel. That's how she found out she was so deficient. She was then given her prescription for custom blended bioidenticals. Just the amounts her body needs to get her deficient levels back in the normal range. On yesterday's show just ten days later she was beaming. She had cut her hair, put on some makeup and was wearing bright red. She said she hasn't felt so good for a very long time.
I have been on bioidentical hormone therapy for the past 12 years and I agree with Suzanne that it is the way to go. Before I took that big step I spent a year doing my research so I understood my options. When I started there were only a handful of physicians even talking about bioidenticals and I live in New York City. I can't even imagine what women were going through in other parts of the country where their choices of doctors was limited.
It's important that you make a choice that is right for you. Finding the right doctor, a doctor who will explain all your choices is key. After you make that decision then both of you work together as a team finding the right blend that works best for your body. Don't get discouraged this takes a little time. But one day you will wake up feeling like the strong, vibrant, sexy woman that you are and will be for years to come.