My hormone health has been an issue that I have struggled to get adequately addressed since my teens. I was perplexed by this in my 20's and into my 30's. Getting to the reasons why was an evolution of sorts for me as I imagine it is for many women. Since there was no such thing as the internet when I was in my teens I lacked the resources available today. I remember going to the bookstore and searching for books on hormone health but in the late 80's and early 90's there was little available. My mom was, and still is, an "old school" patient who doesn't question the advice of her doctor. That left only one person I could really ask - my doctor. Sadly my doctor back then, and the many to follow, didn't have the answers I was hoping for - 5 pregnancies, 2 miscarriages, 3 children and 3 provinces later.
Typical solutions every time I asked about my hormones were:
- birth control pills - to "regulate" my menstrual cycle - in fact oral contraceptives don't "regulate" anything - they stop you from ovulating which isn't your body's natural state.
- antibiotics for acne - which often cause a yeast infection so was given more medication to prevent yeast infections.
- fertility medication - for infertility which was actually just me being anovulatory (meaning I didn't ovulate and had irregular menstrual cycles for reasons which were not investigated).
- SSRI's (anti-depressants) for PMS and postpartum mood disorder which was due to my severe hormone deficiencies.
- or even worse no solution at all - miscarriages that were due to progesterone deficiency and my OB/GYN, following standard protocol, told me to try a third pregnancy without blood tests, ultrasounds, checking my history or intervention of any sort.
Every single time I felt that it was my hormone health in question and that it wasn't being addressed.
Some of these "solutions" I accepted and moved on and some I refused. The common feeling I had, whether I "adhered" to the doctor's recommendations or not was that I NEVER once felt like we were getting to the root cause!
And apparently I'm not alone.
I wanted to know what other women thought about how their hormone health was being addressed and here's some of what I discovered in our recent survey of Canadian women*:
50% of women do NOT think their hormone health is being properly addressed by their doctor.
and a further
19% of women did NOT KNOW if their hormone health was being properly addressed by their doctor.
If you are one of the almost 70% of women who doesn't think her hormone health is being properly addressed - you're probably right. It's been a long road of ups and downs and I started this blog because I kept meeting women, maybe a women like you, who doesn't feel that her hormone issues are being adequately addressed. And maybe you too, will start trusting your intuition.
*About the Survey
We completed a national online study based on a survey with a random sample of the female population in Canada completed in both English and French using a Vision Critical consumer panel (n=2,500).