I am 54 years young, and had a full hysterectomy some 9 years ago…I have been on the bio-identical hormones for approximately 4 years now…and LOVE them. My question is do you stay on them forever, or is there an age when you should start weening yourself off of them? Right after my surgery I was put on Premarin, but then when all the hoopla came about, and I learned that premarin is created from horse urine, I went off…cold turkey. Then as I started having hot flashes, not sleeping, and moodiness I experimented with over the counter treatments…black cohosh, estravin and others…only to find I was still feeling quite bitchey and not sleeping well…mild hot flashes so I asked my doctor about trying the bio-identicals…he was willing to write the prescription…and the results were immediate…now I just need to know if it is ok to stay on them forever, or at some point would I want to try to get off of them…
Since you are treating a hormone deficiency, you should expect to take them for as long as you are symptomatic. This is why your hormones should be tested from time to time to see if therapy is neccesary. Each individual case is different and it is possible that you will have to continue the therapy throughout your life. Current best evidence is that hormone replacement with bioidentical hormones is safe and may offer protection against chronic disease and cancer, so you are treating more than the symptoms of menopause.
Travis Deuson, MD BodyLogicMD Encino, California