This story follows one of our patient’s real life experience with menopause and explains how BHRT changed her life. To learn more about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, and see video of Dr. Dima performing the treatment visit here.
“So this is a touchy, sensitive subject. Your children should probably leave the room because I’m going to talk about sex. Forgive me if I remain anonymous, but you’ll understand why.
I live in Northern Virginia, work in the government sector, have been married 22 years, and have three gown and almost grown children. Until recently I’ve had no sex life. I’ve also been suffering from symptoms that come with menopause for the past few years (yes, years) with terrible hot flashes, which was not only embarrassing, but kept me from having a full night’s sleep. Ever.
On top of it, I was vacillating between anger and depression (which probably accounted for my husband’s lack of interest in me. Truthfully, I had no interest in me.) Oh, and let’s not forget that I sometimes forgot my dog’s name and constantly struggled to find the names of common objects and that my family got used to completing my sentences. On the positive side, my memory loss at least helped me to forget what it was that I missed in sex. I did not want and did not care and, best of all, my husband long ago stopped asking. Thank God!
During a routine visit, my regular doctor checked my hormone levels, declared me I was at the stage of menopause and that he would be writing a prescription for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). With cancer in my family I knew that I would never take the chance and told him to forget about it (although I did accept the anti-depressants, which I stayed on for a period of time). My husband and I continued to drift further apart and the idea of divorce and being alone felt right.
About a year ago, during one of my many sleepless nights, I caught the Larry King show. Suzanne Somers was on talking about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BiHRT). She had had breast cancer and yet was publicizing how Bioidenitcal Hormone Replacement Thearpy saved her, both while she had breast cancer and after. I Googled and liked what I read about BiHRT. But I don’t live in Hollywood or in New York, I thought, so how do I even go about finding someone to help. I resigned myself to accepting my life as it was.
Six months ago, a friend got me a gift certificate for a facial at a medi-spa run by Dr. Dima Ali. When I got there I was intrigued by the name: WellMedica Aesthetic & Anti Aging and Wellness Center. I particularly liked the anti-aging part. As I waited for the aesthetician, Lety, I noticed that there were copies of Suzanne Somers books in the waiting area. While enjoying a fabulous facial, I mentioned to Lety that I was interested in finding out more about BiHRT and would the doctor know whether there was somewhere close by that I could go to. Right here, she said. Dr. Ali deals in BiHRT.
That day was the beginning of my true change of life. Dr. Ali did a very comprehensive blood test, telling me what I already knew, that my hormone levels were low and my menopause was in full swing. The big difference was that each hormone deficiency was built up and my prescription was individually tailored to where I needed to be. This was filled by a pharmacy in the form of a cream that I would massage into fatty area sites.
The first thing to change (almost immediately) was the number of times I would be hit by hot flashes. They decreased by almost 75%. That alone would have been enough to convert me, but other changes took place in that first couple of months. My memory got better and I slept through majority of nights. Also, my husband started to look interesting to me.
I returned for another blood test and got the prescription readjusted. Within days, I suddenly felt like I was in my twenties again before all this menopause craziness. No hot flashes, no memory lapses, and no moodiness. AND I began to feel sexy and sexual. I wanted my husband. I craved my husband.
Now, we didn’t fall into bed with each other. It took time. We needed to reestablish trust again. We were shy with each other and it felt new and very strange. It had been a long, long time since either of us felt passion for each other. Our typical evening consisted of dinner together with the family and then each of us would go to different rooms. It was very rare if we ever spent time together. The most sexual thing we ever did was the quick peck on the corner of the lips as we said good-bye when we left the house to go to work.
That was then. Now I can’t wait to be with him. It’s really hard to be apart for either of us. He looks for me if we are not in the same room and will come over and kiss me. With tongue. We’ve made love in the weirdest of places. We sneak around so our kids don’t hear us. I want him all the time. I would have sex twice a day, if he could keep up. My kids say they are embarrassed by us kissing all the time, but I see how much happier they are seeing their parents not fighting. My friends say I glow.
I called Dr. Ali for a refill recently and asked her if she thought that there could be a problem, could I be having too much sex? She asked me if my husband was complaining. No complaints there, I said. She said she would check my testosterone levels. No, I thought, don’t be messing with my testosterone. I really like who and where I am.”
If you are interested in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement for menopause, come visit our office 1801 Robert Fulton Dr. Suite 540 Reston, VA 20191. Call 703.787.9866 to set up a consultation with Board Certified Cosmetic Laser Surgeon Dr. Dima Ali. We look forward to seeing you!
An anti-aging consultation with Dr. Dima – containing medical history and test information – is required prior to treatment. Insurance Disclaimer: WellMedica Aesthetic & Anti-Aging does not accept insurance at this time, however we do provide the necessary documents for patients to submit to their insurance companies for reimbursement.