Miriam Hinrichs explains how she copes with having osteopenia and the hormones she needed.
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My name is Miriam Hinrich and I live in Hong Kong, but I travel constantly all over the world. About 10 years ago, I was put on hormones because I started developing osteopenia, which is just the beginning of osteoporosis. So they put me on hormones in order to prevent osteoporosis. I tolerated the hormones pretty well in the beginning and then with all the scares that were introduced later with the hormones, I stopped and then I started again and from thereon, it was just downhill. I could not tolerate any other kind of hormones. Not the first one I’ve tried, not the patches that gave me horrible allergies, not separate progesterone and estrogen. Any kind of hormone I tried from thereon I couldn’t tolerate it. Then I tried to go without hormones then I went a little bit crazy, and my husband begged me to go back on it. So finally, my gynecologist in Hong Kong suggested a very creative solution. He suggested to use an IUD, which is actually developed for birth control, which has a minute amount of progesterone that is released into the uterus, which will then take care of the progesterone part of the hormone combination. And for the estrogen, he suggested a gel, which is actually called Estreva. And this gel, I can see here is made in Monaco by Laboratories Theramax of Monaco; you buy it in France. You just use two and a half pumps to three pumps on the skin every evening before you go to sleep and it does not go through the liver so it’s kind of very, very easy tolerated. The IUD is called Mirena and I know that they now use them in United States. So it can be actually prescribed in the United States. I found I’ve been on this combination for the last two years and I found it to really work very, very well for me. I don’t have the side effect of hormones, which is water retention, fluid retention, moodiness, etc.