Bioidentical Hormones Reno NV

Although Mary Saracino and Barbralu Cohen have never met, they have much in common. They’re both Coloradans in their 50s who embrace the unconventional, particularly when it comes to health care. They’re as likely to visit an acupuncturist as a gynecologist, or to pop a homeopathic arnica tablet (Arnica montana) instead of an aspirin.

Robert Charles Rigby, MD
(775) 784-1533
Unsom Brigham Building 316,
Reno, NV
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1988

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April Henry
(775) 770-6550
235 W 6th St
Reno, NV
Specialty
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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Carolyn E Simmons, MD
(775) 322-8132
1155 W 4th St
Reno, NV
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1991

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Mark P Schumacher
(775) 688-6200
343 Elm Street Suite 307
Reno, NV
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Susan Digrazia Perry
(775) 329-6241
645 N Arlington Ave
Reno, NV
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Larry Klaich
(775) 329-6241
645 N Arlington Ave
Reno, NV
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Martin Naughton, M.D.
(775) 324-4477
343 Elm Street Ste. 306
REno, NV
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ North Dakota
Graduation Year: 1977

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James Timothy Norwood, MD
(214) 824-3200
580 W 5th St
Reno, NV
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1980

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Charles Johnson
(775) 329-6241
645 N Arlington Ave
Reno, NV
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Harry Carr Huneycutt Jr, MD
(775) 348-2983
236 W 6th St Ste 301
Reno, NV
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1961

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Menopause: A Natural Journey

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By Vicky Uhland

Although Mary Saracino and Barbralu Cohen have never met, they have much in common. They’re both Coloradans in their 50s who embrace the unconventional, particularly when it comes to health care. They’re as likely to visit an acupuncturist as a gynecologist, or to pop a homeopathic arnica tablet (Arnica montana) instead of an aspirin.

So when Cohen, a 55-year-old editor in Boulder, felt the pounding of her first menopausal migraine, and Saracino, a 50-year-old Denver-based novelist, experienced her first hot flash, they decided to treat their menopausal symptoms unconventionally by following a natural treatment plan. In doing so, they chose a path taken by many American women. Since a landmark study in 2002 found that hormone replacement therapy (HRT)—the conventional, synthetic way of treating menopausal symptoms—could cause serious health risks, women and their healthcare practitioners have been searching for safer, natural and more effective remedies.

According to the government-sponsored Women’s Health Initiative study, women with an average age of 63 at the start of the trial who took synthetic estrogen plus progestin for five years had a 26 percent greater chance of breast cancer, a 41 percent greater risk of stroke, and a 29 percent higher likelihood of heart attack, compared to women who took a placebo.

Those findings heavily influenced Cohen and Saracino. Cohen already has risk factors for cancer—both her mother and father survived the disease—so she’s adamant about avoiding anything that might be carcinogenic. “There’s no way I’d use HRT,” she says.

Saracino doesn’t like the idea of treating menopause as if it were a particularly virulent strain of flu—suppressing the symptoms and waiting for the whole “nasty condition” to go away. “My motto is I don’t want to pathologize menopause,” she says. “When traditional HRT came out, I think the theory was that [women] shouldn’t have these symptoms, that there’s something wrong with me because I’m having hot flashes, so I need to take this pill so I don’t experience what my body needs to experience.”

Cohen and Saracino have tried several different natural alternatives to HRT. Here’s a look at some of the remedies they and other women have turned to in their quest to manage their menopause symptoms.

Bioidentical hormones
Menopause occurs when a woman’s body stops producing estrogen and progesterone and is generally defined as the time after 12 months have passed since her last menses. Even though the hormone shutdown happens gradually—the entire process can take 10 years or more—bodies used to a reliable supply of hormones since puberty don’t take kindly to deprivation. They produce withdrawal symptoms such as hot flashes, headaches, insomnia, mood swings, memory loss, vaginal dryness and, sometimes, uterine fibroids.

HRT was designed to lessen that withdrawal by giving the body small amounts of hormones, says Tori Hudson, ND, director of A Woman’s Time clinic ...

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