Balancing Hormones in Menopause
Gynecologist and hormone specialist Dr. Prudence Hall, OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson and Robin McGraw, Dr. Phil’s better half and best-selling author, discuss menopause and hormone replacement therapy.
Balancing Hormones in Menopause
Dr. Lisa Masterson: It's your health in the headline today for women. I have a great panel today
Robin McGraw, Patty Stanger, Jill Zerick and also joining us is a founder
and medical director of the Hall, Dr. Prudence Hall, Gynecologist and
And we’re going to kick it off with hormones and women are very
hormonal beings, and basically is the estrogen and progesterone and
androgens which is sort of the male type of hormones and it starts with
puberty. A light gets flicked on, and it's almost a relay race, because the
hormones interplay and they start the breast forming, the androgens will
give armpit hair, and hair down there. So these hormones effects like so
many different things in our body, as well as our personality and you
know how we just function.
Robin McGraw: You know I have to say I think that two of the smartest things that I've
ever done in my entire life was to make sure I have balanced my
hormones, and to really embrace menopause and look at it in a positive
way and really in a life changing way to the better, to a healthier me. And
that’s what the reason what I see Dr. Hall, I call her Prudence, because
she’s like a girlfriend when you find the right doctor, I think that’s very
important to you, you have to find the right doctor, who can hear you and
listen to you and relate to you and really want to help you. And she is so
good at that.
Dr. Lisa Masterson: And that’s so true, and you actually in your new book “What Age Got to
do With It” you actually devoted a whole chapter to hormones.
Robin McGraw: Because I think we’re raised to believe that menopause starts in your 50s
and 60s and you have to dread it. But actually women can be hormonally
imbalanced as young as their 30s.
Dr. Prudence Hall: Right, that’s absolutely right. It starts in our 20s. At 20s we have nice
balanced hormones and that’s the goal, is to have balanced estrogen,
progesterone, testosterone, these are the natural hormones that I use a lot.
They're testosterone, estrogen.
Yes, it's many different hormones, the thyroid, the adrenals, the brain
hormones. Estrogen attracts every aspect of our body, which we dispense
in this pink container right here. And what you do to dispense the natural
hormones is you simply push the bottom like this, and it's cream that you
can apply to your skin and Robin knows this one.
Robin McGraw: So I do three clicks, one-two-three, and then I just put it here and I rub it
all the way up my arm, under my arm on both arms, just rub it back and
forth, and then of course, you have the testosterone cream, I rub that on
the inside of my leg, and sometimes a progesterone cream on my stomach.
And I know that – Prudence just say find where you have the least amount
of hair follicles because it absorbs better.
Dr. Prudence Hall: In fact there's a big difference between the non-bioidentical hormones, the
synthetic hormones and the bio-identical hormones.
Dr. Lisa Masterson: Bioidentical just means what is similar you produce in your body of the
three estrogens: estradiol, estrone and estriol. And actually the
pharmaceutical companies do make those type of things as well. Again,
these are different mindsets, you need to discuss these with your doctor.
Robin McGraw: You have to decide what's works for you, what's best for you, you can’t
get too much information when it comes to your own healthcare. And so
for me, when I started the menopausal symptoms and having hot flushes
and starting things, I went to my doctor and she only offered me the
synthetic hormones. But what I did is I go home, and isn’t this really what
I want. I research everything and I thought for me, what's going to work
best for me, is bioidentical hormones, the natural hormone replacement
Dr. Lisa Masterson: Well it's great to always know what your alternatives are.
Robin McGraw: You know I think there are a lot of women in their 30s and 40s who think,
oh I'm exhausted, I can’t sleep, I'm irritable, and it's all because I'm a wife,
and I'm a mother, and I have a career. And I think we need to stop and
realize maybe that’s not it, maybe it's really how we feel because of our
hormones, you start on your 30s, don’t wait for a period –
Dr. Prudence Hall: And that’s exactly when perimenopause again, 35 to 39, 40.
Dr. Lisa Masterson: Because the average age of menopause, that’s when your period actually
stops. But all of those changes is the symptoms, and the period actually
change because of the hormones. And there's a recent study that hormones
fluctuations during the woman’s menstrual cycle may affect the brain like
Ritalin. So in some instances they're saying, a working mother is
dependent on the chemical dopamine that maybe some women don’t need
medications, some women do need medication. Because they're saying
estrogen will make you focus, you know like sometimes during woman’s
period, certain times of her cycle, she may be able to concentrate more
than other times of her cycle.
Dr. Prudence Hall: Estrogen affects the brain, we were talking about Ritalin and how estrogen
affects the brain, that’s the number one complaint I have with menopausal
women, is they come into class and they can’t remember and they have an
ADD and they lose the sense of who they are --
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