The Bioidentical Debate
Robin arranged for her own physician, Dr. Prudence Hall, to meet with Michele.
After a discussion of her symptoms, Dr. Hall explains that a blood test shows Michele's hormone levels are extremely low. While a normal level of estradiol—the main type of estrogen—is 200, Michele's is less than 7. Michele's progesterone level is just 0.3, while the normal range is 10 to 20. And though her testosterone level should be in the 50 to 80 range, Michele's is 24. "And on top of all these hormones—the estrogen, progesterone and testosterone—being low, your thyroid is very low," Dr. Hall says.
Dr. Hall prescribes bioidentical hormones to help Michele get back on track.