I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago entitled Bioidentical Testosterone Therapy. Regular readers and subscribers have read it by now, I’m sure.
I shared my experience at Dr. Rebecca Glaser’s office where I received testosterone pellet implants to help with my perimenopause symptoms. Because I have suffered with horrible muscle and joint pain in perimenopause, my main interest in the pellets was the natural anti-inflammatory properties of testosterone.
Before I go any further with this post, let me say this: it worked. I’m extraordinarily happy with the results and can’t recommend enough that you check it out for yourself. Take the time to research testosterone pellet therapy for perimenopause and menopause symptoms. Dr. Glaser has an enormous amount of information on the therapy at her site if you wish to check it out.
If you think testosterone therapy might be for you, find a physician near you who is offering the procedure and run, don’t walk, to their office. You won’t regret it.
It is not ‘Bioidentical’ Testosterone Therapy
That said, I want to make some corrections to the original article after a discussion I had with Dr. Glaser. She said it was extremely important that her work not be associated with bioidentical hormones.
To be frank, I was a little surprised. It is very apparent to me that Dr. Glaser is about holistic wellness, and I knew she wasn’t against bioidentical hormones. So, for a moment, I was confused. But, after her explanation, I understood her point completely.
Evidence Based Research
Because the research being done on testosterone pellet therapy is still relatively new in this country, Dr. Glaser said she is working hard to bring it to the medical community.
She is also, she said, up against a lot of skepticism and resistance from her colleagues. Because of that, she says it is extremely important that her work is associated with evidence based medical research and science.
Attaching the term “bio-identical” to her work, she said, will also attach her to a field of practitioners (not always medical professionals, physicians or researchers) who are more interested in jumping on the trendy band-wagon of bio-identical hormones, rather than presenting evidence based research to support the therapy.
While she didn’t dismiss bio-identical hormones out of hand, she did make the point that it is often nothing more than anecdotal evidence that is used to promote bio-identical hormones, rather than evidence based research and hard data. Her work, on the other hand, is not supported by mere anecdotal evidence, but credible, scientific research with real data.
Your Health & Wellness is not Trendy
It was a an enlightening discussion for me and the point she made was well taken. In my own work and career, I desire very much to bring credible, reliable and trustworthy solutions to women who are suffering with perimenopause.
I do not wish to mindlessly parrot the latest hip, new trends that are sometimes present in alternative and complementary practices for treating symptoms of perimenopause. Unfortunately, there are sometimes extreme positions taken when it comes to how to effectively treat perimenopause and menopause symptoms.
On the one hand, you have the pharmaceutical industry promoting drugs that have been proven to do great harm to women, increasing their risk for heart disease and breast cancer. On the other hand, you also run into snake-oil salesman and charlatans who are interested in nothing more than capitalizing on the desire of women to seek healthier alternatives to pharmacology.
When I asked Dr. Glaser what position then would be the best taken in this confusing world of hormone therapy, she said, “get in the middle and be objective.” Certainly, sound and wise advice to which I will give heed.
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