So…3 days after going to see my old PA about continuing my BHRT with the Wiley Protocol, I’ve decided to quit it altogether. On Friday – yesterday – I had a horrible hormone-driven mood swing that involved intentionally causing some damage to my husband’s car. I wish I could say this kind of thing was rare – I have problems like this at least one or two times a month, including arguing, throwing things, threats of divorce. It’s ugly. I’m embarrassed to be not only involved but at the root of these events.
Later my husband did some research on this hormone protocol that I embarked upon 8 months ago, ostensibly to help with mood swings, libido, and overall health and well-being…none of which have improved. His findings have resulted in my decision to quit the BHRT. The Wiley Protocol, it seems, has not been researched and has been at the root of many health problems for many women. Apparently T.S. Wiley has no formal education in health or medicine. Bent Formby, Ph.D., a molecular biologist who has published over 100 scientific publications, was named by Wiley as a coauthor of her book, Sex, Lies and Menopause. However, he has not given endorsement of the Wiley Protocol. He reports that when he recommended a 6-month clinical trial of the Wiley Protocol, T.S. Wiley refused.
Apparently, many women have problems with the high dosing of hormones called for by the protocol, and demonstrate progesterone toxicity. I have had some of these symptoms myself over the past few months, including feeling sedated, feeling sleepy all day, anxiety, heart palpitations, extreme irritability (sorry about the car, honey), cravings/increased appetite, high blood pressure, puffy face, belly fat. The last symptom on the list is completely me – “second trimester pregnancy tummy sticking out.”
Side story: At a yoga class a couple weeks ago, the instructor asked me…in front of the class…if I was “expecting.” I was humiliated. I know she had to ask to avoid leading me into positions that could hurt a baby…but it was a bad bad moment.
Anyway, I attributed all that to stress…the cravings, the weight gain, the belly fat, the fatigue and sedated feeling. Interestingly though my life was more stressful back in September and October…and these symptoms started showing up months later…after being on the Wiley Protocol for 6 months. Apparently these high doses of progesterone accumulate in your fat cells – moreso than the estrogen – and can build up over several months, causing increased problems the longer you’re taking it. And none of these symptoms have resolved in the 5 weeks since I quit my stressful job. If the stress was the problem, wouldn’t things be getting better by now?
Oh well….I’m done taking it now.
As far as getting off the hormones, these folks offer some suggestions, including maintaining a low dose of estrogen to balance the progesterone that takes longer to get out of the system. I think I’m going to just quit and add a few mg. of estrogen if I seem to need it later. I realize that’s not very scientific but NOTHING ABOUT THE WILEY PROTOCOL IS.
I should have done my own research.
And in other news….My family can’t seem to buy health insurance. Know why? Because we’re not taking the statins we’re prescribed. Noncompliance with medical advice. Awesome.
So it looks like we’ll either have to ditch our dreams of being self-employed or we’ll have to start taking statins again.
I think I’ve about had it with woo medicine.
Where’s my damn Lipitor…