Sex is a very important part of our lives. God designed the sexual dimension of our lives, not simply for procreation and having children, but also so that we would experience oneness and maximum pleasure together.
Physical changes in our bodies rob us of sexual pleasure in our later years.
We were designed to experience sexual pleasure and enjoyment for a lifetime. However, for many men and women, physicals changes in their bodies rob them of this pleasure in their later years.
Is There Any Hope?
One such woman was Barbara. Listen to her story…
You are my last hope. If you can’t help me, there’s no place else to go. I’ve seen fifteen doctors. You are number sixteen. My husband said, ‘Here’s the money to see this doctor, but that’s it. No more.’
I’m a school teacher. But I have to push myself every single day to get out of bed and go to work. And I love my work, but I am so tired it’s like I’ve worked eighteen hours and it’s only 9:30 in the morning. I’m forty-seven years old and overweight. I don’t have the energy to exercise. I try to eat right but everything I eat turns to fat.
My husband is so upset with me because I never want to have sex. I sometimes fake it to please him. I’m not lazy. I worked hard through college and have a master degree, but things fell apart when I turned forty. I have hot flashes so bad that I have a small fan beside my desk at school. I have to use it even in the winter. My students have asked what was wrong with me. I don’t know what to do.
Barbara’s mother died at fifty-two of a stroke and her father died at fifty-seven from a heart attack. She brought a bag full of medicines with her to our appointment. Barbara said,
Each doctor gave me something different. I tried each one, but dnothing helped. They just made me feel worse.
She had five different antidepressants and four kinds of pain medicines. She was placed on Xanax for nerves by one doctor and Ambien for sleep by another.
Barbara was clearly desperate. It was so distressing to know that fifteen previous doctors would not even think about checking her sex hormones before telling her she had chronic fatigue syndrome. I applauded her optimism. After all the disappointments she had been through, it would have been easy to give up and been depressed. But adfriend had told her about bio-identical hormones and how she had been helped. So Barbara came to see us.
The physical exam revealed some remarkable things. Her blood pressure was borderline at 142/88. She weighed 203 pounds and was “5’4.” She was pleasant – but her eyes demonstrated her desperate emotional desire for help. She had moderate vaginal dryness. Her last period was five years earlier. Her uterus was small – consistent with menopause.
Barbara’s blood work revealed the problem. Her testosterone was very low. Her estradiol level was 2% of what it should have been. Her follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) was very high. An increase in FSH indicates a deficiency in estradiol. Her progesterone was extremely low and her blood sugar was higher than it should have been.
This was a classic presentation of the metabolic syndrome. Barbara had central obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, elevated triglycerides, and her HDL was low.
As I discussed these findings with her, she was relieved just o know what was causing her to feel so bad. Barbara actually smiled and said,
Thank you for finding my problem. I was beginning to think it was just in my head.
A low glycemic index diet was discussed and a low impact exercise program suggested. Barbara was treated with bio-identical testosterone pellets beginning with a low dose because her blood pressure was some borderline. She was given a bio-identical estradiol pellet subcutaneously and we started her on natural progesterone at bedtime. To help her sleep, she was to take melatonin at bedtime and try to wean herself off the Ambien.
In one month Barbara returned to the office so excited. She said,
In four days my hot flashes were gone. I’ve not had one since. My husband and I are having so much fun now. When I get home after school I sometimes call him at work asking when he’ll be home. He knows why I’m asking. My vaginal dryness is gone. I’ve started walking around the track at school every day. I’m up to four miles a day now. I’ve lost fourteen pounds because my husband and I have changed our eating habits so much. I sleep like a baby now.
Barbara’s blood pressure went down. Her blood sugar returned to normal levels, along with her triglycerides. And her cholesterol showed signs of dropping.
Barbara has continued on the above plan for one year. She lost sixty-one pounds. Her blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar are now all normal. She enjoys her work and has energy to go all day and still exercise. She and her husband just had a special ceremony at their church to renew their vows after . fifteen years of marriage.
The Life-Saving TRUTH about Bio-Identical Hormones
-Dr. Dan Hale