Women go to gynecologists because who else are you going to go to? That's the closest thing for women's health, but there are some things women should know about their hormones that they're not getting at their OBGYNs, particularly the fears and facts behind hormone replacement therapy.
The only way you're going to learn about this stuff is by listening to this episode: The Scary Truth About your Hormones Your OBGYN Doesn’t Want You To Know.
The real scary truth about your hormones is that they affect everything about your health - especially if you don't know about them! We'll help you stay informed.
We're going to demystify and know the truth about this very important topic.
Here’s what you'll learn from this episode:
The consequences of that hormonal deprivation that are going to cause us to decrease our lifespan and our vitality
Fears about hormone replacement therapy
The facts that women should know about their hormones that they're not getting at from their OB GYNs
How do you get access to functional medicine doctors
[02:47]The podcast is my gift to you. I'd like you to give it forward to other women in your life and women you don't even know and probably will never know together we succeed, or together we fail.
[07:25] . But what I don't think women realize is that O B GYN is a surgical residency. And that was part of why I loved it as well.
[13:01] So 50 million women in menopause right now, 2 million of us go into menopause each year. We are in a state of hormonal deprivation in menopause.
[14:42] And so I really want women to take away from this today, like, listen to your body. It's trying to tell you something. When gynecologists keep offering bandaid solutions, they're covering up that message, and you're not hearing it.
[15:45] one of my favorite things that hormones do is they regulate your immune system. So it's really cool when women get pregnant, their estradiol level goes down because you're carrying a half of a foreign human in you that you're growing, and you don't want your immune system to attack it because you'll miscarry.
[16:46] So there's such fear about hormones, the ACOG American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommendation for hormone replacement therapy is for symptom management for the shortest period of time in the least amount of dose. And they only recognize two symptoms of menopause.
[17:42] And so, like, it was standard for women to be on hormone replacement therapy for heart protection and brain protection.
[18:41] And so it's very complicated. It's very political, but I want women to understand what that study really said was that if you start hormones more than seven to 10 years after menopause, you probably have an increased risk of blood clot and stroke, because you already have started to develop heart disease and liver disease, et cetera.
[20:00] If you do a bioidentical estradiol, your body is not processing it the same way. And if you take a patch, it's bypassing the liver.
[21:05] So if you use micronized bioidentical, progesterone, you know, or made from Mims topical over the counter, that doesn't react in your body the same way that is not feeding breast tissue in the same way.
[21:43] And that, you know, I remember that conversation we had where we just said, you know, OB GYNs are hurting women. And it's sad to admit, I have a lot of good friends who are OB GYN. Yeah.
[23:43] That is good news. It's kind of amazing though, that, you know, the body is made the way it's made because it actually functions really well. <laugh> so you think that the first inclination would be, well, we naturally have progesterone to balance out and like, I like how you say, keep your, our estrogen in check.
[24:13] So if you've had a hysterectomy, and you're on estrogen, oh my goodness. Get on progesterone because progesterone is like our natural anti-anxiety harm.
[25:36] But how do women get access to doctors like us? I mean, I know they go to the hormone club where you're helping us also as one of our F and they can get prescriptions, but how do they navigate this for themselves? How do they really learn the truth?
[26:38] Like you just need to find the information, you need to do your own research. You need to talk to each other and share each other's stories. Because that is actually where I started to learn as a physician, I listened to my patients.
[27:30] If you're comfortable, because that is the only way the system is gonna change is if you spark their curiosity and for them to go and do the research and find the world of health and wellness, as opposed to conventional gynecology, which was very much focused on disease.
[28:28] And that's really exemplified in what you're saying is ask questions, share information, and then you'll know if you have an open-minded physician or not. If they really listen to you, and they go investigate further and come back to you, that's someone you can work with.
[29:20] It almost always starts in the gut. We have to heal your gut and get your gut functioning and everything related to your gut, your liver, your gallbladder, all of that needs to be functioning well to metabolize your hormones, to absorb the ingredients, to make your hormones, to excrete your hormones.
[31:36] So it goes through the five systems of your body that really affect your hormone balance. And the gut is the first one. And so I am just giving you some really easy, actionable tips that you can start doing today, like to make a shift and see a change in your hormones.
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