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Are Bioidentical Hormones Right For You?

March 12, 2009, 6:11 PM by Kelli Grant

Are Bioidentical Hormones Right For You?
If menopause caught you off guard, you're not alone.  Many women expect an imbalance after a certain age, but who thought your hormones could make you feel that out of place?  Hormone therapy has been around for years, but how do you know which kind is best for your body?

Forty-one-year-old Julie Ward wasn't feeling like herself; she was tired, in a fog.

“For me, I started having other symptoms that were more troublesome. Things like frequent bladder infections, yeast infections.  There were just a build up of symptoms where finally I just thought there's gotta be something wrong,” Ward said.

She suffered for almost two years and then heard about Avera Midlife Care for Women.

“Low and behold, went through the saliva test that they have you do and found out that I was really imbalanced in a lot of areas,” Ward said.

Ward was put on a regimen of vitamins, supplements and low-dose Bioidentical Hormones -- a type of therapy she, like many women, knew little about.

“It only means that it’s an exact chemical match for the hormones that the body makes,” Director of Women's Health Deb Soholt said.

These hormones are very different from synthetic ones. They're custom-mixed and contain various hormones tailored to a specific woman's needs.

“In the past, it was thought that every woman was the same. That it was really a cookie cutter approach and there were sex hormones that were formulated and patented that were of the synthetic nature,” Soholt said.

Those at Avera Midlife Care for Women helped Ward get to the root of her problem.

“How does this changing status of her ovaries and going through perimenopause and menopause, affect her whole life?” Soholt asked.

Because a hormone imbalance can affect a woman's entire life.

“Women will talk about things like 'oh I have night sweats or hot flashes or brain fog, like I go into a room and like what am I doing here? Or that's my best friend's child's name and what is it again?'” said Soholt.

Although some choose a synthetic hormone, Bioidentical Hormones worked for Ward.  She began sleeping through the night, hasn't had a bladder infection since and hasn't felt this good in years.

“There’s no need to suffer with it. I went through it for a year and a half to two years, not knowing what to do. And it’s completely changed my life,” said Ward.

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