So readers, I have a question. After sifting through the literature online about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, I thought I'd ask if any of my readers have experience with it they'd like to share. My only menopause symptoms (other than weight gain) has been intense migraines, and severe exhaustion, and I'm loathe to take any of the things commonly prescribed for migraine (the side effects can be worse than the illness). At worst, I can live with it, but I'm curious if anyone has any thoughts to share. I suppose birth control pills might also provide hormones, but it might be far more than I need (though that would be the dirt-cheap option. Birth control pills are practically free).
I do understand that not everyone wants to announce to the world they're in menopause, so if you'd rather not let it all hang out in the comments, an email would be great too. Men? If you have any anecdotal info you'd like to pass along, Id love to hear it as well.
I know a very good compounding pharmacist that I trust (she had to do some stuff for Danny when he was too small to manage pills) but of course her opinions are biased because it is how she earns her living. I'm not typically big on alternative therapies, but then I'm not terribly willing to undergo the standard ones either. Generally, I stay the hell away from doctors as much as possible.
There's almost no cancer history in my family, and I've never known of anyone that had breast cancer so I'm not too terribly concerned about the link between hormones and cancer.
So what do you think? I appreciate you taking the time to read and perhaps reply.