Monday, November 11, 2013

How Hormone Replacement Therapy Helped Her

Everything is looking rosy for LuAnn!

LuAnn Marlowe, who we interviewed for Today's Woman special section on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), has so much energy and passion, we wanted to tell a little more of her story.

We caught up with her at  the Floral Shoppe at Kroger on Dolphin Drive in Elizabethtown. She talked about another benefit of HRT: she has much less arthritic pain, which allows her to enjoy her passion of floral arranging even more. She told our photographer, Patti Hartog, that she has more energy and feelings of well-being. She worked for 38 years as a nurse in surgery and thoroughly researched her options  for taking care of her symptoms and feels like HRT was hugely beneficial and really changed her life.  HRT is offered by many different places including compounding pharmacies and companies dedicated to hormones specifically.

Here's part of what she shared in the magazine:

LuAnn Marlow is a retired nurse who now works in the flower department at a local Kroger. After taking hormone replacement medication for almost 30 years, she was fed up with not feeling like herself. LuAnn has been a patient at NovaHealth for over a year, and is happy to report that her energy and her life are back on track.

Why did you look for help?
I gained weight, I felt bad, I laid around the house all day and had no energy.

How does your course of treatment work?
Initially I would go in about every four to six weeks and they would do my labs to determine what my levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and B12 were. Based on those they determined if I needed the treatment, which is a pellet insertion of a natural, slow-release hormone. Now I go in about every eight weeks. I’ll have been going for two years in January.

How does your treatment help?
I lost weight. I lost 52 pounds in one year, which was so great. My energy is back too, and in general I feel much better. I’m a high-energy person again and I feel like myself.

What were you most surprised about?
I was surprised that I was so low. I have been on oral estrogen replacement therapy for 27 years, and yet the level was so low that it didn’t even register on the scale.

Do you have any advice for others?
If you’re feeling bad, go in and try it. We’re all supposed to have certain hormone levels in our body, and when we don’t, we just don’t feel good.

Some symptoms of hormone imbalance:

  • tired and fatigued
  • can’t lose weight
  • night sweats
  • dry skin
  • foggy thinking
  • decreased libido
  • difficulty sleeping

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