Is Your Practitioner Well Trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy?
Before a patient allows just any practitioner to prescribe bio-identical hormones, make sure they are qualified and have received extensive training in this area.
Many practitioners claim to provide bio-identical hormones in their practice but have not received any formal training in hormones. One size does not fit all.
Certain hormones should not be given orally to women over 45 years old. These include Estrogen or Testosterone. Taking these hormones by mouth is too hard on the liver. The liver metholates estradiol to estrone, the bad estrogen, that wreaks havoc on the body.
Estrone is the bad estrogen that can cause breast cancer, fibrocystic breasts, ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, prostate cancer and more. It should always be checked in those women receiving hormone replacement therapy.
Premarin, Prempro, Fem-HRT, are not bio-identical hormones. These are synthetic chemicals that the body does not recognize. Because they are in oral form, this makes matters worse, because the liver changes them over to estrone, the bad estrogen. I’ve had women present to my clinic with grossly elevated estrone levels while on Premarin and Prempro. We then try to bind the bad estrone up with DIM or Ultra Indinol Plus.
There is no reason to give a women synthetic hormones this day and age. We now have FDA approved bio-identical hormones. The important point to remember is to NEVER, NEVER take Estrogen by mouth. It is bad for you and will increase your risk of breast cancer. If your provider orders oral estrogen or testosterone, that is a sign that they have not received proper training in hormones. You should seek another provider who is adequately trained in this field.
The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine offers a Fellowship in Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine. This Fellowship Program is very extensive and takes years to complete, requires a board exam, and a preceptorship with another board certified Anti-Aging Physican. Mrs. Pamela Egan, NP, ABAAHP Diplomat is board certified in Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine.
Pamela Egan, DNP, CDE
EGAN WELLNESS, ANTI-AGING & SKIN CARE SPA
1116 West 21st Ave.
Covington, LA 70433