“Compounded Medications saved my life by enabling me to sleep”
I wanted to let this group know that compounded bio-identical hormone replacement enabled me to sleep. This product has made a significant difference in my life and in the life of my family members. Please do not take away the compounded bio-identical hormone replacement solutions we are able to receive. They increase the quality of our life, e.g., in my case, it enabled me to sleep.
“How compounded hormones help me...”
These compounded hormones help me in so many areas of health compared to other medications that I took in the past. They improve my mood, facilitate my sex drive, improve my joint elasticity, and improve my skin and my sleep. I have depended upon them prescribed by a licensed Medical Doctor whom I have seen in person for over 25 years. If you as congressmen and women are taking a stance to stop the sale of these hormones please care about post-menopausal women and at the very least allow them to be prescribed by medical doctors possibly limiting online prescribing. Please do not remove access to these as many older women such as myself need them. Thank you for listening to my comments
“I am a post-menopausal, 42 year old woman, wife, mother, and speech language pathologist.”
Before starting hormone replacement therapy with bio-identical hormones, my hormonal changes and deficits were affecting me in my workplace as a wife and as a mother, and as a Christian being able to put forth and do for others. I also have ADHD and going through these changes Has made my executive functioning skills so much worse. Once getting on HRT, I have been able to not only function but thrive! My relationships are better I feel better about myself. I have more confidence and feel more useful, and I am able to keep up with my children! The thought of having to give up the bio-identical hormones terrifies me as I don’t want to lose the progress that I’ve made, and my system is typically very sensitive to different kinds of medicines and other things. But the bio-identical hormones work beautifully for me. Please please consider me and others like me who are just trying to be good contributing citizens of society and need these therapies to be able to function.
Why didn't I know about this sooner? I should have been on testosterone years ago... why didn't my doctor make this suggestion? Why did I have to find out on my own? Does anyone realize that by doing hormone therapy, I am actually a healthier, happier, and much more balanced individual who will no longer need the health care services of someone who isn't? Get it? This should be promoted, not left out of modern medicine's advances... Please let me stand up for myself here, let me stand up against men telling a woman once again what to do with her body. Just stop!!
I can't begin to tell you how much hormone therapy has helped me regain control over my emotions, menopause, and so much more. Please allow these therapies to continue.
“Cannot take oral medication...”
I cannot ingest hormone replacement. I need compounded medication. I had a hysterectomy at age 30 and went straight into menopause. The compounded medication helped me get my life back since I cannot take oral hormones because of inflammatory reactions. I am a breast cancer survivor and these nontriggering hormone replacements help me tremendously.
“My creams work, please don't take them away!”
I lost my sister to breast cancer sadly. She was estrogen positive. I didn't want to end up using synthetic and not-safe forms of estrogen. I found a great doctor after my surgical hysterectomy that put me in instant menopause. I was a wreck, and the creams helped. It took time but it was worth it.
“Nothing short of amazing!”
I have been taking hormone therapy to increase my energy levels. I noticed a drastic drop in my energy around the age of 40. Leisurely, I am an avid athlete and weight lifter. Professionally, I am a P.E. teacher and trainer. So you can imagine the kind of energy levels that are required to do these things on a daily basis. Not to mention, I am a happily married man of 15 years with three boys. At the end of the work day, my boys require just as much committed energy from me to their needs. They train in jiu Jitsu, we play sports at our local park, and we all know boys are constantly getting into antics. Since being placed on hormone therapy my energy levels have been renewed and my gym workouts have been tremendous. So if this therapy were to be in jeopardy and made unavailable, men like myself would slowly struggle to maintain the strength and desire required to continue to drive our great nation forward. Hormone therapy keeps the mind and body of men in alpha mode. For me, it's the 2x a week kick in the ass remedy that drives me to be a great individual, father, sibling, co-worker, and husband. KEEP IT ON THE MARKET!
“I suffered horribly from post-menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and fatigue.”
I could barely get out of bed when I began to approach menopause and I was working as a registered nurse. I could hardly get through one eight-hour shift. I was always tired and could not function well on the job. I went to see a preventive medicine doctor who tested my hormone levels and said they were extremely low, which would account for my symptoms. He then prescribed the bioidentical hormones and my life began to change for the better. Please do not interfere with a doctor's ability to prescribe these life-saving medications for patients who are suffering.
“Compounded Hormones saved my sanity!”
After a full hysterectomy, I had a difficult time with surgical menopause. I tried the pill forms of HRT but they caused too many side effects and the dosages were either too high, not enough, or I couldn't process them correctly due to other GI conditions. When I was able to get a doctor to prescribe bio-identical hormones tailored to my specific body and needs, my life changed for the better. We need to keep access to this type of therapy. Please support people first!
“Autoimmune hormonal needs!”
Please! Bio-identical hormones have changed my life for the better. Please don’t get rid of the. I love how they can be made for your specific needs. I personally know of several friends who also that this has helped their quality of life tremendously.
“A truly life changing therapy.”
My story begins with always feeling extra tired and no will to do much. I didn't understand what was wrong with me and even thought I might have depression. Had a friend tell me to check out my hormone levels and so I did. To my surprise, my testosterone levels were that of an 80-year-old man-- we are talking 197 total testosterone with horrible levels of free and bioavailable testosterone. I got on testosterone therapy and literally within a few weeks I felt so much better the energy was back the drive to do things was also back not to mention a few other perks and functionality of a younger version of myself years ago. It was shocking honestly the effect a hormone can have on you physically and also mentally an absolutely life-changing therapy. I fear these restrictions would cause shortages. It would be devastating to not be able to receive this therapy for so many people and go back to hormone levels probably even lower than before. It's truly a matter of health because, without proper hormone levels, our bodies and even minds won't function properly. Thank you for your time.
“Libido #5 cream saved my sex life”
For years sex was not a pleasant experience. I struggled with depression and anxiety every time I tried to have sex with my husband. I was extra dry and had low libido due to having type 1 diabetes for over 25 years. When my Gyno prescribed libido number 5 it was a 360. I had a sex drive, was aroused, and enjoyed sex with my husband. I felt like I just started living. My hormones were now in balance and I was in control of my body. Thank you compound therapy for putting the sex back into my sex life!
“I am finally sleeping!”
I thought my life was over! I was getting very little sleep, was depressed, anxious feeling life would be over any day as I could not function to my usual capacity it was so hard just getting out of bed to try and get a new day started. Since starting my hormone replacement, especially progesterone, my life is finally worth living again! I never knew how far gone I was until I started feeling myself again. Thank you for life!
“I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis in 2006...”
I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis in 2006, my doctor prescribed Trans-dermal Identical Hormones to me to help keep the bones I have. I am very small in stature and bone. This has been life-changing for me.
Taking pellets has been a life-changing experience for me. if it weren’t for my ability to obtain these hormones it would significantly alter my quality of life!
“Finding the right balance of medication changed my life!”
Compounded Bio-identical hormone treatment has greatly impacted my quality of life. My anxiety is controllable, I sleep again and feel ready for the next day, no hot flashes, and many more benefits!
I have been on bio-identical hormones for 12 years. I had to find a doctor to prescribe them. My own doctor caused me to have terrible painful periods and after a bad pap smear, I had to have a D&C. Then she took me off completely. I was sweating so badly all day my boss would give me a hand fan every time I walked into her office. Finally, a big fan was found for me, but I was pouring sweat most of the day. My sister-in-law told me how bio-identical hormones helped her without side effects. I found a doctor here and have not had any problems since. Please do not take away my bio-identical hormones!
“Not having proper Thyroid medications and doses can be life threatening.”
I have a disabling medical condition, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, MCAS, that causes severe allergies and chemical sensitivities. I have required compounded thyroid hormone medication which has to be made in a clear gel cap and made in an olive oil base because I am severely hyper-reactive to many dyes, preservatives, and fillers. I also need less medication than many people need. Manufactured thyroid medications don't come in the small doses I require and they have fillers that I have adverse reactions to, which can send me to the ER. Not having proper Thyroid medications and doses can be life-threatening. I have needed other compounded medications over the years since I need smaller doses that are dye free, preservative-free, and use fillers and carriers so that I will not have adverse reactions to them. For example, I had to take a low-dose hormone replacement therapy medication that was only made by a pharmaceutical manufacturer. It was made with an iodine preservative as many of the low-dose birth control medications used for HRT are made with and use dyes. I was taken away by ambulance at 1 am after my first dose with my throat tightening, vomiting and shaking out of control, and heart racing and brought to the ER for stabilization. This is just another example why I require compounded hormone medications. We are NOT all the same and some do better with custom-made compound-made medications at the doses that work for our needs.
“Here we go again......”
I am a 69-year-old female who has taken compounded bio-identical hormones for well over 15 years. The bio-identical hormones not only assisted in dealing with the side effects of transitioning into menopause, but it has given me mental and physical well-being over the years--and it shows.
It is my understanding that the FDA is threatening to restrict or prohibit compounded bio-identical hormones. WHY?
To members of Congress, please urge the FDA to base any action on real science and not some slanted and manipulated NASEM report.