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Have you had experience with the Wiley Protocol?

By March 3, 2009 - 11:15am
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Has anyone had experience using the Wiley Protocol of hormone replacement therapy?

It is a method where bioidentical hormones are prescribed and are given transdermally -- through the skin -- in a patent-pending cream. A primary

difference between this protocol and some others is that the hormonal levels rise and fall, similar to the way a woman's normal cycle did when she was still menstruating.

There is some controversy on the web about T.S. Wiley's qualifications for developing a medical protocol, since she is not a doctor herself, she studied anthropology (though she co-authored the book "Sex, Lies, and Menopause" with Julie Taguchi, M.D.)

Some women claim wonderful results; others claim very troubling side effects. Does anyone out there have personal experiences to share?

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Anonymous (reply to nanashana)

"And there are the questions about whether even a very educated person but one who's not trained medically..."

T.S. Wiley is neither trained medically nor very/highly educated, and indeed she's lied about her education.

December 27, 2009 - 5:54am
(reply to Anonymous)

Why the animosity?

February 12, 2010 - 3:02pm
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Anonymous (reply to nanashana)

Gee, Nanashana, why the animosity? After a horrific six weeks withdrawal from the Wiley protocol (dr. assisted), I researched the protocol. I am a journalist, I know how to do deep research. This protocol, for me, was dangerous and damaging. The Wiley people stonewalled me. I am still very angry, and will repeat my experience to anyone who will listen.

May 6, 2012 - 1:07pm
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Anonymous (reply to nanashana)

Dishonesty bothers me.

February 28, 2010 - 3:44am

Diane P, I know both of them personally. I know of people who swear by it and some that did not like it. I think you should make sure first if you are a good candidate for their protocol and that the doctor will be very well-versed on it.

T.S. and Dr Taguchi (she is an oncologist by the way) are both very professional and reputable in my opinion but it will be important to know whether or not you are a good candidate for it. There is a great doctor who has used this protocol with his patients. He is in California if you want his name let me know.

March 5, 2009 - 12:32am

I was thinking about asking a doctor about it, but then started doing some research on it and became hesitant. Only certain doctors work with the protocol, and only certain compounding pharmacies are approved. A search of Texas pharmacies pulled up only a very few, and it's a big state!

The pros, as I understand them, are that they more naturally mimic the body's natural rhythm, and therefore help women feel more like their younger selves. The hormone level that the creams reproduce are the levels of a 20-year-old. In that time of our lives, our hormones fluctuate on a daily basis within a monthly cycle, and these bioidentical hormones are meant to do just that as well.

The cons, again as I understand them, is that many women have difficult side effects and do not feel that the therapy has helped them. Some people say the hormone levels are too high. And there are the questions about whether even a very educated person but one who's not trained medically has enough expertise to correctly devise such a protocol. Studies on it are incomplete to this point. But some doctors do use it and feel that it's a good therapy.

So I became interested in the experiences of any of our readers who have explored this therapy or tried it for themselves. We are in both an exciting and a confusing time regarding hormone replacement therapy right now, aren't we?

March 4, 2009 - 9:34am

I have not--are you thinking about trying it? What have you heard are the pros/cons?

March 3, 2009 - 2:11pm
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