My Background

This website is an avenue for communicating with my patients. I keep very up to date with health issues, especially to do with aging and hormonal problems. I will share the interesting bits with you. I encourage a two-way conversation so please add your comments and opinions. I have a daily blog dealing with health issues. You can subscribe to this free service by entering your email address in the space provided.

I am a GP working in Caboolture, Queensland. I have a special interest in natural hormone treatments, also known as Bio-identical hormones. The name derives from the fact these  hormones are identical to the hormones we produce naturally.

I have been using these hormones for the last 20 years, and have treated nearly 4500 people with them.


I have a MB Bch,(Bachelor of Surgery and Medicine).  I also have a Diploma in Obstetrics, obtained from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. As well I have a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, obtained at the Witwatersrand University, South Africa. I am a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of GP’s.  Over my lifetime I have delivered over 1500 babies, an achievement I value highly. Some of those I delivered are now my patients.

Books written:

Having studied diet, lifestyle, health and positive attitudes, I was frequently asked as to why I did not share this knowledge with others more widely. So with the encouragement of my wife, I would get up at 4 am to research and write “Live Well Over 100.”  The first edition of 5000 sold out very quickly, so more study and earlier am starts led to the second edition, which was a lot bigger and more in-depth. The print run of 20,000 sold out fairly quickly as well. I was invited to speak at various health related conferences, something I really enjoyed, as I got to meet people from various parts of the world. I spoke in conferences in New Zealand,  Singapore, Philippines, South Africa and Australia of course. Unfortunately, the book is now out of print, and is no longer current as it was written over 15 years ago.

Live Well Over 100

While touring New Zealand and giving talks at various venues, I met Michail Borrisenko, who had a great interest in Colostrum, and the many health benefits thereof.  Michail and I coauthored  “Microbe Apocalypse- Man Vs Microbe'”.  Michail Borrisenko, is chief scientist, Institute of Colostrum Research,  New Zealand.

Microbe Apocalypse

I wrote “The Medical Vitadiet”, which has sold over 25,000 copies to date. This deals with the benefits of the low-calorie diet to produce weight loss. At one stage I had 5 weight loss clinics in Queensland, with very successful results. Having decided to move on to other aspects of health, I sold the business, but allowed the new owners to continue to use the book I wrote as part of the program.

Environmental concerns:

When living in Bargara, near Bundaberg, in the 70’s and 80’s with my family,  I became concerned about the threat developers posed to the famous Mon Repos Turtle Rookery. A meeting was called by concerned locals, at which I found myself elected to a committee to fight the threat to Mon Repos.  We ran a campaign mainly around environmental issues and won in a landslide.  I did 2 terms on the local council and feel we  made a difference to the local environment my family and friends lived in. I continued my general practice during this time, which kept me very busy.  I am still keenly interested in politics, as the world we live in will be determined by the actions of our leaders, and we need to be ever vigilant to ensure our freedoms and good governments.

Women’s Hormones.

 Why should women get artificial hormones that are not the same as the natural hormones women produce? It is obvious that the body will react and have side effects to hormones it does not recognize.

Why not use the natural hormone produced by the body? How can the limited dosages available from the synthetic HRT suit all women? You would not be satisfied with a choice of only 2 sizes when buying a pair of shoes. So how much more important is it to have hormones made to measure.

Some of the motivation for this web site is to present the medical evidence and research to reassure men and women about the science behind what I do and to refute some of the nonsense that is said about Natural (Bio-identical) HRT. The big pharmaceutical companies have a commercial interest in women using their products and not the natural form. To this end they spend vast sums in promoting their products to doctors, and give big grants to the various menopause associations. I ask people to keep an open mind and to look at the research available into using hormones.

  1. Mrs Jill Roebig.

    I gave birth to my son at the Mater Hospital, South Brisbane. This was in 1976. He was “whisked away” from me as he was born with club feet, plus, he was diagnosed with XYY syndrome when he was about 13 yrs of age. The birthing experience was terrible, split from front to back and was forced into having a 24 hour labor with him, thus, causing him and myself a lot of stress. When he was born, forceps (sp)?, he had a large lump on his head. I often wonder if he was damaged during this sort of birth, resulting in him XYY. I will never know. Jill.

  2. I can tell you many distressing childbirth stories that occurred then. Maternity hospitals were generally unfriendly places and some bad things happened. Lets hope we never make those same mistakes again, and treat women so badly. Unfortunately, women doctors were aften not much better. One women doctor I worked with said to me ” You are obsessed with breast feeding. It is much easier to bottle feed them.”

  3. Hi Colin, Gill (Schubert) here. This is a great Website. Well Done. I have an appointment to
    see you on Nov 2. I am ‘power surging’ all over the place!! Look forward to seeing you soon.

  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about best treatment for acne.

  5. Barbara Ann Bishop

    In 1965 at the Townsville General Hospital I gave birth after 48 hours of labour to a little boy who suffered oxygen deprivation & was born blue later turned yellow due to jaundice.. My heart failed & I was given adrenilin injection during the delivery Blood pressure was dropping at the time During labour I was given a piece of leather to bite on & because I had a private Dr my baby was “held back” by a nurse waiting for my Dr to arrive. All this in a very cold sterile impersonal environment. I wasn’t sedated but as the baby had turned & was sideways my Dr had to manually get him into place. I am glad Dr Pietzch didn’t use forcepts as my son suffered so much at birth. He had siezures up’ til 18 years of age & now suffers a mental illness. He had many physical problems & allergies also was on ritilin for behaviour problems for many years stunting his physical growth. He has a tendancy to react violently to situations & looks to his now anti-psychotic drugs to get through life. He can’t function in the world as I see it but lives rather isolated with bouts of paranoia. Has poor self esteem.
    Like other mothers who had difficult deliveries with problem children I can’t say who or what is to blame but I have my opinion that we all could have benefited from a better attitude towards birthing. Also I was prescribed Ergotrol for migraines before I conceived & was never told to give them up when pregant by that particular GP. Dr Pietzch my GP that I went after I felt I needed a better Dr, when he learnt I was taking them said they must be discontinued immediately & he was very concerned.about the babys’ developement The previous GP was lacking–! I feel Dr Pietzch,Thomas Tibor, who was Austrian I believe, had more general medical knowledge that many I have know in my life time.
    Thank you Dr Holloway for being concerned for mothers & their babies to make “birthing” a better experience. You are a good man who deserves to be cloned—
    Barbara Ann Bishop

  6. I have, and still suffer from restless legs. This problem has gone on for nearly 15 years, and I have been to a range of specialists and natural therapy practitioners, that despite their credentials, none have had success. Restless legs can be treated using prescriptive drugs, and I have tried these, however the side effect from the drug was as bad as the problem. I also suffer from hypothyroidism, and although easily treated by thyroxine, I have read that there may be a link between hypothyroidism and restless legs. Restless legs and hypothyroidism apparently, affects more women than men, however I am male aged 58, so I add to the number of males affected. Would be keen to hear from anyone else in the same condition. I have of course made an appointment to see Dr Holloway.

    • Restless legs has many causes. One of them is hormonal – mainly oestrogen. Men need oestrogen as well, but in small amounts. Magnesium may also help some people.

    • i would be interested in knowing how you got on with Chris Doctor as i am booking in with you regarding my flushes and am wondering whether it will assist with the leg thing also………..mine is not too bad, it occurs when i exercise the way i always have, but my body reacts differently now.
      Pauline 2/3/13

      • Sometimes oestrogen will fix the problem, but not always. There is not any one effective cure for restless legs.

      • Chris Hibbert

        Hi Pauline,
        I haven’t had any results back as yet, so no treatment has started. It would seem I could be deficient in DHEA, which may have an effect on my restless legs, however, until I start on any treatment for that I won’t know if the restless legs can be assisted. In the meantime, I take Valerian and Magnesium, which have a mild effect to help.

  7. Carol Stewart

    Dr Holloway
    Just wanted to ask a question. You changed my Troche scrip recentlyt and after taking it for 4 days I had trouble with my sleeping which I never do. Could there be a correlation?
    Carol Stewart

  8. Joanne Willoughby

    Need advice on the best treatment for menopause. I am 43 and first diagnosed when I was 40. Early due to endometriosis and hysterectomy.

    • Bioidentical hormones are the safest and best way to treat menopause. This is proven by extensive research, which is available on this website. This treats menopause by using exactly the same hormones as you produce during your lifetime,and, more importantly, the dose is individualized for each person. This takes into account the fact that each of us is unique, with a unique set of requirements.

      • Hello Dr Holloway,

        I had a total hysterectomy 3 years ago. Including ovaries removed, i have been on estrodot patches since and have mixed views on them and am looking now as to what i should be on or doing for hormones to best suit me now and long term. I am now 38 years old. Can you help?
        Thank you

      • Yes, I can offer a more natural, targeted and comprehensive treatment for your menopause, if you are interested. This means avoiding the “one-dose-fits-all” hrt, and includes progesterone and testosterone, which have many benefits for women.

  9. Hi
    I am a 35 yr old female battling jawline acne. I am not on any hormones. I am trying to avoid the pill and accutane. I did try spiro for 3mths last year. It did help but I had other side effects. Can your hormone testing help me at all? Is it hard to get an appointment with you?

    • Acne has many causes, including hormone imbalances. These usually involve testosterone excess. However, hormonal treatment tends to be disappointing as results are generally poor. This is because excess testosterone is a rare cause of acne. The right balance of oestrogen and progesterone is helpful. I may be able to help you, but the chances of me being able to do so is not great, to be honest. I am happy to see you, but I do have a few months waiting list.


    • It can be very painful, most of the time. Usually worse with periods. She certainly needs further investigation and help with her pain. There are other reasons for severe lower abdominal pain, which the specialist will investigate.

  11. Christine Arena

    Hello Dr Holloway , Can you tell me of a Dr in my area who can prescibe Troche’s . I have just moved to Maryborough . I was taking Troche’s , prescribed to me by Dr Bruce Farnsworth , my Dr at the time ,for about 5 yrs previously . My local GP back in NSW thought I should have a break from them . But at 58 , HOT flushes , irritability , my husband can testify to that lol , insomnia and anxiety are taking over my life .I would greatly appreciate hearing from you as my life is far from over and I need relief NOW !

    Than you ,

    Christine Arena .

  12. Hi dr holloway do you test men I’m 60 and have adrenal fatigue , I thought DHEA might help
    Regards Vern knight

    • Dhea is a wonderful anti-aging hormone, especially useful for older men. I have been on it for the last 16 years. I treat men for a a andropause as well. Ask your dr to do a Dhea level on you.

  13. Hi Dr Holloway,
    I have been reading with interest the study on your blog regarding AD and Ht Therapy and would like to know what are “opposed” estrogen-progestin compounds (Excuse my ignorance),

    • Where on my web site did you find the term “opposed” estrogen-progestin compounds? I am just trying to work out the context of the statement.

      • In the results paragraph of the Study of Hormone Therapy and Alzheimer Disease In Dementia (From Cache County Study)


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  15. Tansey Collier

    Dr Holloway, I am coming to visit you in August to get my hormones ‘tweaked’. I mostly control them with progesterone in Vit E oil that I get from America but haven’t quite got it right yet. Should I discontinue the progesterone prior to coming to you as I assume you will want to do tests for my levels and if so how much prior.
    Regards Tansey

  16. Karen Clarke

    Would like to make an appointment to see you which surgery are you at please, and the phone number Cheers jaren

  17. Janelle Wellsteed

    Hi Dr Holloway, I am not due to see you again for a couple of months. I am great except for the Anxiety and panic attacks. Doesn’t affect anyone except me. I have had to cancel a trip on the Murray because I was worried about the small area on the boat and even sleeping in the cabin. Also had trouble recently in a motel, couldn’t sleep in the bed. Other people seem to invade me also, I get quite stressed. Is this related to menopause and can it be treated in my Troche. Or do I just put up with it until I get over it,

    thanks for your continued help. None of my sisters and mother understand because they never had Symptoms of Menopause. Lucky me..
    Thanks again

  18. Leanne Fuller

    Hi Dr Holloway, I was a patient of yours for many years until age 60 enjoying good menopausal health using troche treatment. I am now 65 and in good health, however, have noticed that down like hair is appearing on both sides of my face and throat. I recall that was something you used to check on a visit. I don’t like it and wonder what I need to do to stop this. Leanne

    • Fine down appearing on the face is normal as we get older. It has nothing to do with hormones, but is a naturally occurring event. When you were on hormones, I checked you were not getting too much testosterone, as that can cause facial hairs.

  19. Do you insert the mirena? thanks

    • No. See under “Women’s Health Problems – Mirena” on my web site. You will see that Mirena has many side effects that doctors rarely tell you when they insert it. The benefits must outweigh the negatives, and generally they do not, depending on your circumstances.

    • I was around 23yo with 2 kids under 2 when I got tubal ligation done. I had to go thru a few gynae’s before I found one who would do it, but only after seeing a psych who confirmed in writing that I was of sound mind and understood the consequences of the surgery.

  20. Hi Dr Hollaway, I have recently been put on HRT by my Dr but am struggling with side effects. I am wanting to come and see you but wanted to know if I need to stop taking the HRT beforehand so any tests won’t be effected? Lynda

    • It is not necessary to stop any treatment, including hormones, before seeing me. I can take this into account when assessing any tests that may be necessary, and make the right adjustments thereafter.

  21. Hello Dr Hollaway I am 55 and am experiencing stiffness in my hips, lately my right knee has become painful. I wish to start some treatment. Cheers Louise

  22. Hello Dr Holloway, I am 35yrs old and suffer from excessive underarm sweating. This has been happening for about 7yrs and continues to get worse. I have seen GP’s who say change deodorants, and have had a blood test and thyroid check recently but the doctor said it was all good. I have made an appointment to see you in September, and wanted to know if you could help me or suggest who could help me…I cannot cope and need something done. Thankyou Judy.

    • The best person to see is a Dr Scott Webber, a dermatologist in western Brisbane. His number for an appointment is : (07) 3871 3437

      • Thankyou so much Dr Holloway, I have made an appointment on the 24/7/13, would it be possible to have a referral from you. Regards Judy

  23. Hi Dr Holloway, is it ok to take dessicated thyroid if you have a high reverse T3 reading?

  24. Hi Dr Holloway,
    I’ve been referred to you from the positive life store.
    Im 28 been suffering jawline acne for approx 9 months. Also for about 5 yrs I’ve been unable to take any form of contraceptive (ocp, nuva ring) as they give me lots of health issues, mainly migraines.
    I do suffer migraines still without any contraception about a week before my period (i believe this is a drop in estrogen?) So I think I may have some hormonal issues.
    My main concern at the moment is clearing my skin up as it effects my confidence.
    I’m wondering if you would be able to as I saw an earlier reply that said you may not be able to.
    Thanks Tara

    • I may be able to help as you appear to have menstrual migraine, which often responds to correcting the drop in oestrogen that causes the migraine. Acne may have a hormonal cause (rarely) and sometimes responds to hromone manipulation. At the moment my bookings are very heavy and I am not taking on any new patients for the time being, but I will reopen my books as soon as I am able to do so.

  25. Just wondering could a side effect of bioidentical hormones be a urinary tract infection ?

  26. Jocelyn Byrnes

    My daughter is 16 she got pcos her moods are all over the place she is starting be depress because of it just reading what you can do you are the one that may be able to help please can you help us i rang and unable to get in to see you even through a staff member recommend you and we already go the morayfeild clinic


    • Ring my office, tell them you have my permission to make an appointment for your daughter. I don’t want to raise your expectations as PCOS is very difficult to treat and to get a good result. There is no cure for it – all we can do is try to improve the quality of life of those with PCOS.

  27. Tansey Collier

    When I was speaking to you, you never mentioned the testosterone levels. Will that be included with the others in the troches?

  28. Hey dr holloway thinking of getting an appointment with u but unsure if my issue is hormonal I had a baby 2 years ago now and totally lost my sex drive I no longer get arroused or have any interest in sex even when I want to be intimate with my partner its just like my body no longer knows how to participate is there anything that can help me and are u the guy to see as when I talk to my gp he just dismisses it

  29. Hi just wanting to know where in morayfield you are and do u bulk bill? Thanku

  30. Hello! I have been seeing a Dr for nearly four years complaining of excessive fatigue, ongoing monthly acne, long periods, concentration problems and low energy levels. I have had occasional low iron levels and was referred to an endocrinologist for suspected has hashimotos, which was negative and am still not feeling any better. I am convinced its hormonal as my moods fluctuate a great deal throughout the month. I have previously tried a number of birth control measures incl the mirena but the negatives far outweigh any remote positive. Can I please book in to see you; or are you able to recommend anyone else so I can get another opinion. Thank you.

  31. Thank you! I live in Brisbane…

  32. Hi Doc. I’ve been a patient for the last 12 months but have recently moved to Karratha in WA. My prescription for DHEA trouche has run out. Is it possible for you to still treat me from Qld if I get blood tests here and forward?

  33. Hi I have a 17 year old daughter that has horrid periods they thought endometriosis but that proved wrong and now the doctor has no other ideas other than this can happen and when she has a baby it will get better we are in Darwin and I have found no one able to help I was googling hormone doctors and found you is there anything you maybe able to help with. I am now starting to worry about her mental health as the pain, vomiting, nausea constantly is wearing her down – if you are unable to help would you know of another doctor who could. This kid can’t take much more and I don’t know where else to look for help

    • There can be a number of causes of causes of her problems. The best person to be would be a gynecologist with an interest in endometriosis. A hormone doctor is not the best person for her, as it my be more to do with problems withe her uterus and ovaries.

  34. Hi Dr Holloway,
    I have an appointment with you on 19th of Nov. have been experiencing menopause symptoms particularly hot flushes and irritability. My friend recommended Remifemin, and I’m now taking it. Is it ok to continue taking it before seeing you?


    • Yes, you can continue with Remifemin. It will not interfere with anything I do. It is better than nothing, but the problem with it is that you don’t know what you are getting, and it is ” one size fits all”

  35. Re my 17 year old i didnt realise you answered sorry – As I said they thought it was endometriosis but it isn’t she has had the procedure and all is good and as I said her gynecologist has no answers so now I am searching for another answer for her problems with her periods if you are unable to help as I fist asked could you recommend someone else the young lady throws up, passes out from pain and is now not eating properly

  36. Big thank you for setting my health and moods back on track. I have been using your prescribed bioidentical troches for just over 2 months and feel stronger, calmer sexier and happier than I had in ages. Thanks for the thorough explanation and empathy in dealing with what had been shrugged off by GP’s previously. I feel encouraged about my future.

  37. Marie-Angele Labonne

    Few years I had a total hysterectomy and have been using bio-identical progesterone/Testosterone for one year and have recently stopped the use of same due to high cost.Please let me know if I can have a consultation.I start feeling the effect of lack of hormones in my body.Please help me if you can.Thanks you. Marie-Angele

  38. I would like to thank you, Dr Holloway, for your kind, professional and wholistic care. Bioidentical hormones have made a huge difference to how I feel, physically, mentally and emotionally. My recommendation to everyone is to give it a try. It makes so much sense to bring the hormonal system into balance. Give it a go, and as with any worthwhile therapy, give it some time to work…..some of the results for me were instant, and some have taken a little time, but everything has improved! It’s like having your batteries recharged and more. Jamila

  39. Hello Doctor. I am thrilled with my energy and libido and mood improvements. I am wondering if you have seen or know of any expected skin tone improvements I might be able to look forward to? I have only been on your prescribed bioidentical hormone replacement since August….my skin has been appearing sagging on my face and body for over 12 months….I am hopeful. But would like any testimonial or clinical observations that can give me hope for a better skin tone.
    Thank you again for getting me this far.

    • Brigette Gillies

      I have been reading a lot of the comments about hormonal levels in women, I think I must be going thru the same thing as I am so up n down all the time, I’m tired and moody, my sex drive is non existent and I feel like I just can’t do it anymore. Can u plz help? I don’t know what else to do..

      • These changes may be hormonal. The best way to find out is to do blood tests on your hormones through the normal monthly cycle, and then have it interpreted by someone who knows what they are doing.

  40. Hi Doctor Holloway, I am 52yrs and I have suffered from hormone inbalance for yrs, have tried all types of replacements and still have alot of trouble, I am suffering from Lichen Sclerosus which I only found out about 3mths ago. I would like to find out how I can make an appoinment to see you, Thank you Sharon Wilson.

  41. Hi, my mum is one of your patients (Margaret from North QLD) she is always raving about your natural hormones and how I should come and see you. My joints do play up – especially my hip, knee and jaw down my right side. I am tired and moody but I just put it down to raising our three boys. Could it be my hormones? Is it worth a trip in to see you?
    Thank you

    • It may certainly be hormonal, but there are other causes of your symptoms as well. (overwork, stress, thyroid disorder – to name a few.) It is your decision whether it is worth the cost to see me and work it out.

  42. I am a 55 year old relatively fit & healthy woman, but of late struggle on a day to day basis to control my emotions , which in turn effects my mental way of thinking?. I am person of good nature, strong & organised surrounded by loving friends & family … and never to depend on pills ever. But now … I cannot control these urges to alienate/withdraw , cry at a drop of a hat / blubbering mess…This is not who I am & it’s depressing.

  43. Hello Dr Holloway. I have an appointment with you 10th of March 2014 the earliest one available you have for new patients. I am really feeling terribly cranky ( My hubby is telling me understand I am going through menopause but frustrated) Power surges are happening 6 x plus during night and during day as well, I have no desire for sex. I want to but so weird not feeling anything. After reading comments etc on your site I think eostrogen lack of is what is happening. What can I take in oestrogen like a cream or something to help me feel better as its 4 months before I get to see you. Is there something you can suggest I buy or is it better to wait till I see you so you get a true reading of my hormone count etc.
    Kindest regards Sylvia

  44. patricia keating

    can you please advise any at the Gold Coast. My sister lives in Ballina NSW she would like to check into as has Bowel disease.
    thanks pat Qld

  45. Hi Dr
    I am on my first prescription of hormomes as prescribed by you. These have almost come to a end. When do I need a blood test.
    Many thanks Louise Foley

  46. Thank you Dr Holloway that I could see you earlier. I appreciate this so much and today I started the Troches. I am so excited and looking forward to feeling the difference this will make. I am confident after reading so much of the material on your site. Thank you once again. My girlfriend will be ringing you. I am just so glad there is this natural option. :)

  47. Hi Dr.Holloway, I had complete hysto in 1994. Took extra test for 6 mo. Now 19 years later my hormones are out of whack. Why is this happening? I started bioidentical hormone treatment in Sept. (Estrogen & tester one pellets)& progesterone cream. Will this be beneficial?

  48. Hi Dr, I am only 36 and have just made an appointment with you as when doing your checklist I answered moderate to severe on majority of the questions. I have just weaned myself of anti depressants after taking them for 6 years and I have found myself to be extremely irritable, emotional, and a snappy mother which I am ashamed of. My mum and sister had hysterectomys at the age of 30 and had changing signs then. I am hoping my visit with you (in May) can make my day bearable. I look forward to meeting with you.

  49. Sandra Stapleton

    I have been taking a 1/4 of the trouch each day since receiving them in the mail on 10th Jan 2014. I haven’t increased to 1/4 morning & evening because I already feel really irritable &cranky as if I am on prentazone. What can I do?

  50. Sandra Stapleton

    Hi Dr Holloway,
    I have stopped being sad& miserable
    and started wanting to fight & argue with everyone.
    A couple of rude shop staff have been told what I think.
    Libedo has slightly improved ; tiredness slightly improved;
    joint pain is still an issue.

  51. Hi
    I am interested in menopause and the treatment of its side effects. At 32 I underwent a partial hysterectomy due to 15 years of constant gyno problems. At 35 I had to undergo further surgery which resulted in me losing my last ovary and therefore I went into full surgical menopause. For the last 3 years I feel my life has been robbed. I suffer from sleeplessness and constant hot flushes, constant tiredness and at time feeling irritable and down. On top of this my libido is NIL!
    I was on bio dentical HRT but to be honest only felt slightly better :(
    As a result I am now on “the pill” until I have an appointment in April to see an endocrinologist. I have put weight on also despite walking daily and eating well. I feel helpless and really wonder what the next 20 years will be like! Any advice is appreciated. Sleepless and sad in Townsville, Trish

    • You will need to have your hormones sorted out. WHat has been done before has obviously not been adequate. Get other opinions until you find something that works for you. You do not have to put up with this!!.

  52. Dear Dr Holloway, i have persisted with the trouch as you prescribed and am feeling much better . My energy levels, libedo and moods have improved and I am feeling much better. I am feeling hopeful and look forward to the next blood test results and a visit to see you to discuss them.

  53. Sandy Stapleton

    i think your date / time stamp is out on your website. i posted my comment about 930am on 28th January 2014. My comment shows it was posted on January 27, 2014 at 11.15pm?

  54. Hi, Dr Holloway. My friend has referred me to you as she says you are a miracle worker! I am currently peri menopausal and suffer bout 95% of symptoms (in fact, lost my apprenticeship and job mostly due to it). I have been having very heavy bleeding, flooding, clotting for at least the last 3 years, though it seems to have lessened a little the last few months (I have always had trouble with my periods my whole life.) I’ve tried all options to lessen the problems and now have been booked in for the last resort, a hysterectomy in March. I’m still a bit hesitant to go this last step, being a major operation. I have a multiple of other health issues, on top of this problem. I would like some advice please as to whether I should have a hysterectomy and how I can take back control of my life, as I simply cannot cope anymore. Help please. bubblygal no more :(

    • Hysterectomies have been the saviour of many women, who have put up with years of pain, heamorrhaging and discomfort. The operation itself is quite simple and easy now, and choosing a good and experienced surgeon is important. However, your hormones are likely to change afterwards, and you may need to go on some form of hormone treatment to maintain your best quality of life.

  55. Hi Dr Holloway,

    Please read this and let me know if you could help me so I make an appointment ASAP.

    I am 32 years old female, 159cm height and 49 kg weight.

    I have found useful information in

    For years, I have been suffering and still am, from irregular periods( always late) and a number of PMS. I have seen many doctors and have done numerous blood tests and ultrasounds.

    The blood test results come different every time. With the latest ultrasound, everything was normal but I used to have ovarian cysts prior to switching to a new diet (low carb, no sugar).

    Some doctors quickly jumped to the conclusion that this is PCOS, but some wiser doctors told me it is not as I don’t have PCOS symptoms.

    Some naturopaths blamed my thyroid and adrenal glands ( definitely some issues are lying there) and were trying to detoxified my body to build my health.

    Except all the efforts, I am still suffering and I feel it is getting worse each month. For example I used to bleed for 6 days in my period but recently it lasts only 3 days with lots of spotting and cramps.

    Excessive chronic stress and high level of anxiety have been with me In the recent years and I started to feel extreme PMS from the last 2 years.

    They include but not limited to:

    -Lots of hair loss and hair thinning
    -irritable, anxious and moody
    -fatigue, low energy
    -trouble to think, talk and concentrate
    – very low sex drive and libido
    -depressed, bad dreams
    -low immune system, fragile nails
    -skinny legs and fatty waistline
    -very light period bleeding
    – bloated tommy and gas
    -inability to control my bladder

    Please note that I used to have lots of energy and laughter, lean body and big thick hair. But in the recent years I have lost them all. I always push myself to think positive, doing yoga, exercise and keeping a healthy diet.

    I had an abortion last year and was on pill for about a week last winter, then I quit the pill as it made me very sick.

    I also used to use John Lee progesterone cream until last year as I didnt see much improvement ( maybe I didn’t get enough of it).

    I know I am low on progesterone. Generally I do better in the first half of the month rather than second half. When my period doesn’t come, the PMS get very bad to the point that it influences my social activities and my appearance. This makes extra stress for me. I am an artist and sadly I see that even my creativity has been effected.

    Sorry for the long text,

    Looking forward to hear from you,
    Best Regards,

  56. Thank you for your response. It is very much appreciated. Tammy

  57. Iam 63 years old and want to get back to being very active as earlier. I have slowly become more moody tired and lazy no energy etc over the last couple of years. I have had a quad bi pass operation. In 2001. I have developed the usual problems plus have had to take pill to supplement. My doctor has been injecting me with 2x250mg of primoteston depot in the one needle for a long time now. I don’tfeel any different after each injection. I have heard that free testosterone at higher levels than are showing for me will improve my well being. Could you give me some good advice or take on treatment so I can start to feel good again.

  58. Hello Dr Holloway, quick question I’m on troche and the sides of my mouth are splitting. I have noticed this since changing chemists, is there any possibility the troche formula could be causing this? I feel there is something different about the formula. Many thanks.

  59. Hi Dr Holloway

    I have been to moray field doctors for years for my kids but only recently discovered your there. I’m hoping you could help me.
    I have GAD which is under control, I am always tired aand by tired I mean dead tired. My short term memory feels like it’s worse. I have gained a lot of weight almost double my size and I can’t seem to lose it. I’m a migraine sufferer and also had low AMH so used fertility treatment to have my children.

    Hope there is treatment to help me over the years I’m told I’m fine but I just don’t feel it.

  60. Hi Dr Holloway, My sister has recently been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Her moods seem to fluxuate at different times of the month. My Mum used hormone creams at Menopause and I suggested that my sister looks at doing the same. The doctor my Mum saw has moved to Perth so seeing her is not an option. We do not know of any other doctors working in the same way. My sister is currently on antidepressants but I was wondering if some hormone creams would help her? She did get her levels tested by a Gynocologist last year it did not show drastic level discrepancies but maybe it was not the right time of the month. What are your thoughts?

    • Your sister’s problems may well be helped by correcting her hormones. Find a doctor near you who does this, or if you do not know of anyone, contact your nearest compounding chemist and ask them to advise you of someone who can help.

    • Hi there
      I’m in Perth … who was your dr , would love to see a hormone specialist!

  61. Hi I’m looking for some help regarding menapause night sweets are driving me crazy. Have been using hrt for 5 years but want to try a natural remedy that works
    thank you regards Robyn

  62. Hi, I am 62 and have been using estrodial (Sandrena) and natural progesterone since my hysterectomy in 1997. The oestrogen was my gyno’s idea, the progesterone was my idea. He was not keen but said I could choose. Recently my GP sent me back to my gyno to review my taking these hormones for 17 yrs and he said – no progesterone, halve the estrodial and I requested testosterone, so he provided a script.
    I would dearly love, without engaging my GP or my gyno, to access natural oestrogen, progesterone & testosterone.
    Can I do that?

  63. Irene Elphick

    Hi Dr Holloway. I had a phone consultation with you recently and you suggested I try the new prescription for a couple of weeks and have another blood test if the symptoms hadn’t settled. I had the blood test yesterday and they said that you should receive the results tomorrow, mid day. I am still having some night sweats but less than previously and small problems still seem challenging. When would you like me to phone you to obtain the test results and discuss this further? Many thanks.

  64. Hazel Kleviansky

    Dr Holloway

    I’m familiar with bioidentical hormones. I’m thrilled I found your website

    Can you please recommend a doctor/endocrinologist who prescribes them in NSW. I’m menopausal. In kliovance and am having issues and want to change to bioidentical hormones. Have an appointment with Professor John Eaden but am about to cancel it as I don’t think he’s a prescriber of bioidentical hormones

    Looking forward to hearing from you

  65. Hi. I am 46 years old and had a hysterectomy about 2 years again leaving both ovaries. Since than I have had 2 large cysts resulting in 2 more surgery. The last one was laparotomy about 2 weeks ago and they removed left ovary. Since than been very emotional, having night sweats and flushes and very tired and low mood. I have been told that having one ovary I shouldn’t be having these symptoms. Would you be able help?

  66. Hi.
    I have trouble with my thyroid. It was fine before. When I was pregnant with my 2nd child it went a bit low then it resolved itself in pregnancy but now I still have problems, nearly two years later. Have been started on thyroxine meds. But still can’t get the right dose. I’m on 75mcgs during the week and 50 mcgs on the weekend. How can my thyroid just not function properly is my question and how much thyroid meds am I going to take to get it in range.? I can’t feel any goitre there. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Stress, lifestyle, diet, supplements and hormones all effect your thyroid. Selenium is essential for effective thyroid function, but be careful not to overdose, as too much can be toxic.

  67. Good morning – really interested to come out and see you as I have been trying to find a good hormone doctor in the north of Brisbane and I will contact the office, but just wondering if you have ever treated dry eyes with testosterone or dhea drop? I have had dry eyes for a long time (tried all the usual drops and taken fish oil etc but no success) and have read that there has been this treatment in America and some doctors in Australia but I have not been able to locate one. Thank You

  68. Hello Dr Holloway
    I am 52 yrs old and have been on Sandrena and Testosterone for several years as I went into early menopause after having a hysterectomy and one ovary removed. I developed a DVT last yr in may that travelled to my pelvis. The Drs at the hospital told me that I had to come off all HRT due to having a DVT which I have done. My question is can I go onto natural HRT?

    Thank you

    • Yes, you can, with the proviso that it is transdermal(cream or troche) and the lowest dose that works. I have a number of women on BHRT who have had DVTs and worse(pulmonary emboli) with no problems. The evidence is on my website under safety of BHRT.

  69. Tania Attard

    Hi Dr Holloway, Ive just rung your clinic only to find you have closed your books for the year. Please Please Please can you recommend someone else for me as I am really struggling and I need help. I live in Mackay Qld but am willing to go anywhere to get help.

    • What sort of problems do you have? I will try to help you if I can.

      • Thanks for your resonse Doctor, My main problems are anxiety, depression, lack of energy (I can fall asleep at the trafic lights some days) very foggy memory (i cant remember who I spoke to last on the phone 10mins after the conversation) cramping and lack of sex drive. Whilst this all seems to be consistant over the month it all becomes worst the week before my period, especially the anxiety and depression. I am on 50mg Pristique tablets daily, and on returning to the doctors to ask for further help, I was percsribed 100mg tablets for the PMS week or whenever I feel myself going down. I have been on a Mental Health plan and have been seeing a psychologist for the last 6 months, and while that has helped a lot Im finding my mental health is very much influenced by my monthly cycle. My Mother is one of your patients (Faye Harvison) and recommended I see you.
        Thanks in advance for your help. Tania

      • Sorry I forgot to also mention I have been training with personal trainers and controling my diet for the last 4 years and Have not lost much weight (have toned and strengthened a bit).
        I get alot of fluid retention monthly!

  70. Ina Vlaanderen

    Hi Dr Holloway.
    I noticed you have closed your books for the year, but could you please give me some advise about my daughter. She is 16 years old and has extremely painful periods. The doctor sent her to have an ultrasound and the results were; “Features are suggestive of PCOS and clinical correlation is advised”.
    She has frequent migraines, and a headache nearly every day. After trying several different health products that had no effect, we put her on the pill. She is on her third different pill, which doesn’t really help as she is still in a lot of pain for up to a week. She feels sick, does not have much of an appetite, often has diarrhea when she has her period, and has extremely heavy bleeding. She does not show a lot of energy, and is moody during that time. She doesn’t sleep well because of the pain, which is often so bad that she is shaking. Her iron levels are normal. Could you please give us some advise as the pill is not working and we do not know what to do next.
    Thank you so very much for your time.

  71. Julie Saville

    Hi Dr Holloway,
    Have had very high recommendation of your work and am desperately seeking an alternative to standard HRT. I am 49 yo 1st ovary removed 9 years ago due to cysts and had the other removed 3 months ago. Have Mirena in place (put in 3 years ago due to very heavy periods). Gyno decided to renew Mirena to help with menopause as well as using Sandrena gel each day. The menopause symptoms have not really eased at all. Night sweats, mood swings, hair loss and just generally feel unwell. The effects of the Sandrena are severe migraines and the medication to help counteract this also makes me unwell. Can you please let me know when you may take on new patients or suggest another specialist in this area. Thanks Julie

  72. Hi Dr Holloway,

    I have had very bad symptoms leading up to my cycle during and also continuing after.
    Very swollen sore breasts, pain from my armpits going down my arms, and from armpits down my side.
    I had a Thermographic breast scan and the results came back that I had nonspecific lymph congestion.
    My naturopath did some tests and found that I had e -coli in my breast tissue and also that I had high estrogen and lower progesterone that the estogens maybe getting trapped because of my lymph blockage.
    I have had blood tests and saliva test about 4 months ago that had confirmed that I had high Oestrone 197pmol/l and high testosterone 157pmol /l.
    The doctor told me to take progesterone which I did. after the first day I blew up a couple of kgs from fluid retention so I ceased taking, my doctor said I must not be able to handle progesterone.
    After doing a bit of research I see that this is a side affect that will usually pass..
    I am not looking forward to the lead up of my cycle as it is 100 times worse

    Do you think it would be ok for me to try again with progesterone? or will having a lymph blockage affect this? or maybe help this?

    Unfortunately all the good hormone specialist including yourself are completely booked out so any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks

  73. Hello Dr Holloway,
    I have been waiting to see you for months now after being given the runaround via “the system” trying to get treatment for low testosterone. I have seen and endocrinologist who was sitting in a room full of drug-samples for diet pills… who, surprise surprise told me to lose weight (with his pills) first and see if my levels come up by themselves and gave me a free box of Cialis (and charged me $350 for the visit). I was referred to see another doctor at Caboolture Hospital for a second opinion who pretty-much said that he wouldn’t treat me unless my T-levels dropped to just 1 or 2 and he said I couldn’t possibly have low-T because I have facial hair.
    My T-levels have dropped from 26 around 6 years ago (from the QML screen) and are now at 7-8, In that time I have been diagnosed with bipolar, have ED troubles, low energy, brain-fog, have recently had troubles holding down/getting a job due to depression/anxiety and have put on nearly 40kg in the last few years despite living pretty healthy and more active than many people I know.
    To me, it seems obvious that a more “optimal” level of Testosterone may help me with a range of my issues, I realise that lifestyle changes play a part too. But, in your opinion, why do you think it is so hard to get treated for these problems? It just baffles me that they would rather pump you full of diet pills antidepressants, mood stabalizers and Cialis rather than try something that BELONGS in the body??
    I have really become disheartened by it all recently after my experiences but I really want to get to the bottom of it now and make some changes. I came across your site ages ago and have heard good things about you in the local community I have an appointment for late July.
    Can you tell me if you get many cancellations or if it is worth ringing the office to see if any spots have opened up?
    I look forward to meeting with you anyway.

  74. Hi doctor,
    I am doing some research n found out that my periods , weight gain , jaw line acne, n facial hair growth is due to hormonal imbalance. I m getting married soon but these imbalance is so depressing n my partner start complain abt it from some time. Can you please help
    I really appreciate an early appointment

  75. Hi
    Have made an appt with Dr Holloway, but can’t get in till 2015 as I am a new pt.
    Urgently needing advice/ treatment for my menopause and very sensitive skin on my face turns red.
    Any advice until then???

  76. WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for loss

  77. I m a boy but my body developing in wrong way means I looks like women I got tits and big ass I have no hair on my chest and my chest is small than my bottom my legs getting fat day by day which is embarrassing me I have to cover myself in public but sex is alright I m so worried about my health if u can help me please reply me ASAP thanx

  78. I don’t have my own gp coz i never been sick since I came to this country I came to Australia in 2008 so it’s about 6 years I m trying to find a best doctor in here if u have any idea plz thanx for replying before .

  79. I have been taking bio identical thyroid and testosterone for about a little over a week now and can already feel I am gaining more energy which is highly unusual for me. I’m still waiting for my hair to thicken up again hopefully it won’t take too long but so far so good. Thank you Dr Holloway your amazing and I really appreciate your help. I have noticed that my facial skin has become quite oily and am breaking out a bit more than usual. Would this be the testorone cream?

  80. I’d like to receive regular information about thyroid conditions and treatments. I have one myself and would value your input. Thank you.

  81. Hi Dr Holloway
    I am unsure if you are going to be able to help me but I am now almost at the end of my tether. I am 52 years old and have been suffering from hives for over a year now. I have had every test under the sun which all come back clear of anything. Someone told me that it could be hormone related but when I have hormone tests it says that, although I am pre-menopausal, my hormones are fine and the GP’s want to put me onto a mild HRT, which I am not happy taking to be honest. My sister is a patient of yours and she is of the opinion that, if it is hormonal, you might be able to help me. I have tired to get an appointment to see you but unfortunately I was told that you are no longer taking new patients but I have asked them to put me on your cancellation list. I suppose that my question for you, is do you think that these hives could be hormone related? I look forward to hearing from you.

  82. Tracey F this link may help you get you some relief from the hives. good luck

  83. Thank you Sandy – I am willing to try anything! Will get in touch with them to see if they can help.

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  87. Dear Dr Hollloway
    I am 57 and 7 years post breast cancer, for which I was treated with Lumpectomy, Chemotherapy and Radiation and one year of hormone blocking agents (arimadex and tamoxifen). I understand the risk of taking HRT especially as the cancer I had was oestrogen and progesterone sensitive. I have had 7 years of wicked hot flushes and night sweats which have decreased finally but still I have not had a full nights’ sleep since treatment. Now I am experienceing lower back, hip and knee pain, and recent MRI identifies a torn meniscus. I feel stiff and inflexible, with joint pain in my fingers as well. I am unable to do the exercises I used to, and working is exhausting. I’m terrified this is the beginning of an arthritic life. Do you think you can help?

    • Yes, I can help. As it is a very delicate balancing act to get the right mix of hormones to help you, It will need an in depth discussion with you. Whatever we do, I will only do with the approval of your oncologist. Women don’t realize that oestrogen can be used post breast cancer, under certain conditions. Oestrogen is the only hormone that will fix the hot flushes and help you sleep.

      • Thank you for your prompt response. When would I be able to see you, as I understand you have a long waiting list. My Oncologist is Dr Reardon, at Maroochydore.

  88. Hi there, I am a 45 year old women that I think is going though the menopause. I don’t know what medication to take as I am experiencing quiet a few changes. at the top of the list which is becoming a pain is sleep disturbances due to hot flushes about every 2 hrs during the night. Would you be able to point me in the right direction of how to manage this.

    Kind regards


  89. Hi I am 45 and had a hysterectomy 5 years ago, still have my ovaries and also diagnosed with hypothyroidism around the same time. Staring to get really sore breasts and cysts(all checked out and are fine) for up to 2-3 weeks a month, no sex drive and mood swings. No hot flushes as yet. Do you think I could get help from seeing you? Thanks in advance.

    • Yes. Your age, 45, means you are most likely perimenopausal, with hormonal changes occurring. Your ovaries are never the same after a hysterectomy, as the operation effects the way they will function.

  90. Hi doctor
    I am a 43 year old mother of 4 😊 living in brisbane, I am having several problems with my hormones. I had a mariner implanted 5 months ago and have had several reactions and side effects from it so far.
    My specialist recommended it for my extremely heavy periods. I spot 25 days out of the 30, headaches every day, bad fluid retention, mood swings, swollen breasts, weight gain etc..
    My 2 sisters come to u and u have helped th a lot 😊
    I rang your clinic today and was offered an appt next April 😞 I was hoping you could reconsider an appt for me or recommend another doctor ?

  91. .I am a 56 year old male and I have been on treatment for low testosterone. I originally started on the troches when my testosterone was around 5. After about a year with no improvement rather a lowering to 4 I tried testogel. No Improvement.It was then suggested that i do a sleep study to check for sleep apnea. I have been on a CPap machine for 2 years. I take testogel every morning and my last blood test showed a testosterone level of 3.I am depressed have no libido and wonder where to next. Any Suggestions. do i try the capsules, or go for the injection?
    any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Something does not seem right. If your testosterone did not increase on using it, then something is keeping it down. You will need specialised testing for LH,SHBG, Prolactin and DHEAS, Oestrogen to get a clearer picture of what is happening.

  92. Hi doctor.
    I’m 23 I currently have pcos and possibly endometriosis. I have been to a gyno as my husband and I are wanting to have a baby the only answer I ever get is fertility drugs. I don’t ovulate on my own is there anything I can do other then jam my body full of fertility drugs.

  93. Hi Dr Holloway,
    I was wondering if you are able to help me? I am 36yo and I have rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and depression. Can your treatments help me at all?
    I’m on methotrexate , prednisone, zoloft and would prefer not to be on them if I could.
    A patient of yours highly recommended you.

    Kindest Regards,

  94. Very helpful 😃

    I have an appointment in March ’15 with Dr Holloway so very excited!!!

  95. Could you please recommend a natural thyroid specialist for my 17 year old daughter struggling with hypothyroid Seeing naturopath for 6 months with no results We live on tweed coast
    Many thanks

  96. Hello, My acupuncturist has recommended you. I am 37 with an AMH level of <1.1. I have gone through 2 IVF cycles on Gonal F 450. I have only been able to produce 1 follicle that was half the size it should have been and my hormone levels were non existent. I really want a baby but my Fertility Specialist believes I would just be wasting my money going through another cycle. I have been on the pill since I was 16. Is there something you can do to help me produce follicles/eggs so I can have a baby? Thank you

  97. Hi Dr Holloway,

    I am a 39 year old Mum of 4 who has struggled with my weight since having children. I was always thin as a child and young adult. Interestingly enough whenever I am pregnant I lose all my weight and have no trouble maintaining it but the minute I stop breast feeding it piles back on again. Can your treatments help with weight issues? Could this be hormonal? I am at my wits end with my life evolving around my battle with my weight. Thank you so much for your time!

  98. Hi , very interested and have been recommended your hormonal treatments .I live in Canberra and wondered if you could recommend anyone here?
    Thanking you for your time
    debbie waters

  99. Thank you for the great info! Gives a lot of hope to people who are suffering with hormonal imbalance and think their only options are HRTS

  100. i was put onto 250 mg of progesterone supposedly to help with my chronic insomnia thru menopause which started right at end on menopause. terrible stuff. after a week i was getting break thru bleeding and terrible lower bloating and pressure. worst pms ever. yet i havent had a period for 10 years. compound pharmist suggested it.i ditched it after a week and went back on troches. hoping it will have an effect on the sleep. am on 2.5 biest, 200 mg progest and 2 testosterone. what i found about a year ago that the st johns wart i had doubled the dose i was on and after a while hrt was less effective. was unsure why it had stopped helping and had been messing around with it ever since till the other day i came across an article where they did trials on st johns wort and how it effects the hrt. most women in trial using it had beak thru bleeds . the women not using st johns the hrt was stable and effective. interesting.

  101. Good evening,
    I am 32 yrs old & have had painful periods for 20 years (naproxen & tramadol no longer work). Also spotting before periods for last 7 yrs (gradually worsening). 2 yrs TTC with no luck (husband has 1% morphology). I have seen numurous drs over the yrs who said I had nothing wrong w me. I researched myself and thought I may have endo so found a specialist and just had a laparoscopy, hysteroscopy and d&c where left ureter endo was found and excised. I have just started my first period since the op and still had spotting 7 days before (a lot better but still there) and pain (same/ worse than before). Is this normal and will it improve or do you think I have hormone issues too? I thought that if the cause was just the endo then the spotting should have stopped? I am v frustrated and don’t know what to do. Thanks.

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  105. Hi Dr Holloway

    I have been to the doctor for low Testosterone(i am 39 years old),after tests were done it also came back low fsh and lh levels.In his conclusion the reason was unknown(as they done test for tumor in Pituitary gland ) and did not want to send me to a specialist.After first test results he was talking about sending me to a specialist for hormone replacement but he sent me for the same tests a month later and the results were the same,but after the test results he gave me the run around and did not want to do anything more,just gave me a trial box of ed pills.I have tried other doctors but the same thing.Apart from the usual symptoms of low T-levels,i am always feeling tired and my my memory seems foggy.
    So would you recommend me to ring up your office to make and appointment or any other recommendation.

    Thank you


    • Yes, I may be able to help you. Taking testosterone at age 39 would be a mistake, as it would lead to less testosterone production long-term. There are other ways of increasing testosterone production from the testes, which looks like the way to go for you.

  106. Hi Dr Holloway
    I have tried a variety of HRT since June 2013, including triest troches and progesterone troches. I have had persistent severe insomnia for over 20 months. Since October 2014, when I started taking Estrofem 1.5mg and 200mg progesterone troche, my blood estradiol has risen to 77 (from <I9) and I have seen some definite improvement in my sleeping. From little to no sleep even with a cocktail of sleeping pills, I am mostly get 4-5 hours a night, using small amounts of mirtazapine and melatonin.
    However, I still feel very tired. I tried increasing the estrogen to 1.75 mg for 12 days but that seemed to have negative effects on my sleep.
    This insomnia is the worst, but not the only one, of my menopause symptoms and I do not experience symptoms of estrogen excess.
    Am I doomed to feel like this forever, or is there something else I can do?

    • Try bigger doses of Melatonin -4-6 mg and the sustained release form made by a compounding pharmacist. Also, progesterone is a very relaxing and sleep producing hormone, so a larger dose (150 – 200 mg) taken an hour before bed-time.

    • Check out Dr Dan Purser – he’s got a Facebook page and has recently released a series of videos you can check out… it’s a goldmine of information.

  107. I have booked a appointment with your but have to wait until until end of June,would it be possible to see you before as I go to the USA in 8 wks & would have liked to have been feeling a bit better for the trip.many thanks

  108. Clare Widdicombe

    I am a 44 year old women who has always struggled mid-cycle (ovulation) with extreme fatigue and extreme tenderness just above my pubic area, so tender that it hurts to sit down. For the last three months around ovulation time I have noticed that I have been experiencing vertigo like symptoms, nausea and fatigue. At first thought it was something not related to ovulation however it seems too coincidental that this has occurred three consecutive months around ovulation time. These symptoms last approximately 7-10 days and really effects my work and home life. Is there anything I can do to alleviate these symptoms.

  109. Hi, my husband is51 fit and healthy until starting to get erection problems last year. Go said was his age or psychological. Saw my hormone doctor who only come to Brisbane monthy. Found he has low testosterone. Wa put on cream in oct and dhea. He was really good for two. I this a new man, then it stopped working. Do you use hcg injections to premote the testes to produce tesosterone? Thanks

  110. Sandra Stapleton

    Dr Holloway, I have had my follow up/ check up blood test in Huonville Tasmania while travelling. They are going to send the results to you. Would you please write an interim script for my trouch to last me until May when I will be back home and able to see you. I have very sore nipples atm and wondering if you can give me advise in the meantime of how to adjust the dose I am taking now. This script I am using now will run out in 30days. I can phone the pharmacy near you tomorrow and ask Regina to post the script to:
    PO Boc 931, Launceston, Tas, 7250
    I will phone your Office and pay for all this by Cr Card. Thank you in advance.
    Sandy Stapleton

  111. Hi Dr Holloway,

    Hope you are having a good day!

    I found you on the internet and was wondering if you could help or suggest somewhere I can go to get some help.

    My name is Carla and I am 49 years old this year.
    I am currently still on the pill Brenda-35ED 28 (2 years) but was previously on Triphasic 28 before that and have pretty much been on the pill since I was 19 years old with perhaps a year break in my late twenties.
    I have heavy periods lasting 7 or more days, I can also get stomach cramps, upper stomach tenderness and indigestions quite bad at times.
    I have a Fybroid approx. 10cm
    I had Ulcerative Colitis but had my large bowl removed and now have a J-Pouch which I have had since I was 30ish.

    My problem is that over the last 10 years I have been getting a watery discharge. It started off as a slight discharge when I used to exercise and now it has built up to everyday and it is quite heavy and I have to wear a liner.

    It mainly happens in the morning and early evening but can vary if I sit in a certain position or push on my stomach at a certain point( I have a cervix that tilts back).
    It is constant and I have it even when I have my periods, it is heavier before, during and at the end of my period.
    There is no odour, the colour is clear but sometimes with mucus.
    I have had a pap smear and nothing shows up.
    I have been to a gynaecologist who found the Fybroid and suggested that I go onto the Mirena as I shouldn’t be on the pill, which I am reluctant to do as I have heard it can have some side effects and can be dangerous if it dislodges. I have had major bowl surgery, so I do not want to take the risk.
    The gynaecologist has not heard of this and didn’t seem too interested.

    I am now getting to the point that it is affecting my daily life and need to do something about it. My doctor thinks it may be hormones and that is why he referred me to the specialist.

    Do have you any idea what this is or refer me to someone who might know?

    Your help would be very much appreciated, I look forward to your reply.

    kind regards

    • This is very unusual(as you probably know by now. I do not know whether it is hormonal or related to your UC. A complete hormone check may be a good starting point and go from there, depending on the result. A doctor who deals with hormonal problems (not a gynecologist) may be a good idea.

  112. I would realy love to have a consultation with u Dr,how do I get a hold of u,im based in gauteng,south africa

    My contacts are 082 291 6577

  113. Dear Dr Colin,

    Do you know a doctor in Brisbane who provide natural hormone replacemet ?

  114. Marion(Maddie) Greenning

    l have just been recommeded to Dr. Holloway by a heart patient yesterday. l have been having severe hot flushes, anxiety and feeling so stressed my hormones seem to be crazy after going into menopause 2 years ago. l had a heart attack in 2009 with 3 stents put in my right artery and another one put in the left side last October and didnt think l was able to have a trus which so many women swear by. lve just rang and apparently u r book out till July. lam desparate to get some help. ls there anywhere else u can recommend or can l get in earlier maybe if there is a cancellation.

  115. I am 26 years old but only 42kg. I am very thin and weak. I always feel tired and sleepy. I have a baby who is 1 and a half years old and I can’t carry her for long because my arms are too thin and week. I eat as much as I can but to no avail. I am also concerned that having periods for a week every month may have some bad effect on me. I am looking for options to gain more weight. Please give me some advice. Thanks

  116. Hi I am a 39 year old woman with a young family and have suffered serve pmdd for many years to the point it is destroy my life and my families. I have tried lovan with little help, the pill which I was on for 4 months and made me worse. I have done the whole diet and excerise with vitiams with little relief. I don’t know what else to do, this is not a quality of life. I have all the signs and symptoms of pmdd and have been diagnosed from my doctors at Burpengary, who sent me to a gyno and they put me on the pill for 4 month when that didn’t work they said they could no long help me. I was told about you by my mum who’s friend see’s you and said u were great with hormones. please I am desperate for something to change my life because right now anything is better than living this life with this horrible hormone disability. i have sent you and email awaiting your response and praying to god you can help me.

  117. I’m was very interested in the information provided is very informative. I have a relative Denise Crampton who attends your clinic.
    I would like to arrange an appointment time.
    You can contact me by email or phone 0402 345 544.
    Kind Regards

  118. Hi there!

    In 2011on vacation in Sri Lanka, I took Unani/Ayurvedic medicine to help me conceive. The doctor said “my tubes were blocked” and gave me a variety of herbal and hand rolled meds. The month after i had a heavy period. Subsequent months saw the period intensifying and getting longer until 3 or 4 months after id begun the treatment, i was bleeding nonstop and like a tap (with no pain or clots but very dark and thick) As I’d returned to Australia, he couldnt treat me further and a gynacologist here put me on progesterone pills and a laparascopy/hysteroscopy revealed no blockages, no cysts and a perfectly ovulating system. Two months later on my 28th birthday I found out Id conceived my second child on one round of Clomid. She has Down syndrome but is otherwise healthy and typically developing.

    My period after her birth was understandably irregular and/or scanty as i was breastfeeding too. But around 10 months i noticed my period becoming more regular. The moment it did, the hormonal bleeding kicked in again from where it had left off. This time ponstan, tranexemic acid worked some then it didnt. and my gynacologist put me on progesterone pills again and seemed to work but when i tapered it off and stopped, it came back with full vengeance and paid no heed to any meds. After two months of incessant bleeding, this time with cramps and clots, i threw all caution to the winds and stopped all meds. Thankfully the bleeding trickled to a stop. Then i had regular periods until now. Last month i stopped breastfeeding her and this month’s period is just going on and on :'( im terrified and don’t know how to push this ordeal into the past and be done with it for good. Could this have all been triggered from that Unani medicine? did this hormonal imbalance cause trauma to my eggs and bring about Down syndrome to my daughter? How do i treat it and put a stop to my body going off on a tangent every time there’s a whiff of a hormonal change? How will this affect my future chances of conception. Please advise as I’m at my wits end :(

  119. Kathleen Lewis

    My daughter is 17 years old. She is 164cm and weighs 51kg. Two years ago she started getting a tingly mouth swelling tongue and anaphallactic symptoms. After a couple of months and lots of doctor visits and hospital visits it was linked to an allergy to her own progesterone.
    She has been on Loette for the last 2 years which has settled it down but I do not feel she is firing on all cylinders.

    She has no stamina and gets wicked headaches.

    Do you think u could help.

    • This is a very unusual problem. I have not come across this before, and am not sure there is much I can do about it. It is also important to avoid tampering with a young girls hormones, as they have not fully developed yet at 17 years of age and anything done may interfere with this process.

  120. Hello doctor. I am a 35 year old mother of 2 beautiful kids. I have excessive facial hair. I have PCOS and have a history of irregular periods. I am of indian ethnic and have dark skin colour. due to my facial hair my confidence level is nearly zero. I have to wax or tweez my hair on a daily basis and sometimes say no to outings and invitations. I am very depressed and dont know what to do.

  121. Hi doctor, do you also treat men with the hormone therapy such as bioidentical hormones?

  122. Hi again dr holloway. Do you do similiar treatments and stuff as dr mark Gordon the endocrinologist in the usa?

  123. Hi dr Hollaway…I have been on mirena for 2 years advised by geanocologist. I was wondering if you can do hormone test whilst on mirena. Still getting hot flushes and exhaustion….fatigue anxiety and mood swings. But because I have had no period for over 10years she insisted it would be ideal so I dont fall pregnant…Im 43 and struggling with all these symtoms and adrenal fatigue

  124. Hi,

    I have hypothyroidism and may have endometriosis (I’m having the surgery in a couple of months to find out for sure). I always have pain in my legs no matter how much I exercise or take magnesium. I also have trouble maintaining my weight even when working out an hour a day and eating healthy.

    I have read that taking the contraceptive could be causing me to have estorgen dominance and this could be harming my thyriod and cause these issues. Is this correct? If so what contraceptive would be best for me without harming my thyroid.

  125. I have hypothyroidism and may have endometriosis (I’m having the surgery in a couple of months to find out for sure). I always have pain in my legs no matter how much I exercise or take magnesium. I also have trouble maintaining my weight even when working out an hour a day and eating healthy.

    I have read that taking the contraceptive could be causing me to have estorgen dominance and this could be harming my thyriod and cause these issues. Is this correct? If so what contraceptive would be best for me without harming my thyroid.

    • The pill is composed of various hormones, which naturally will have various unwanted effects on your body. The safest contraceptive methods are the barrier methods like the condom and the diaphragm. Sometimes the IUD may even be preferable.

  126. Hi Doctor Holloway
    I have suffered major depressive disorder and complex PTSD from my childhood but was only diagnosed 18 yrs ago when I gave up alcohol. I was put on antidepressants. Prior to this and up to five years ago I managed to function quite well uni, good job ect. However at 45 yrs of age I’m now 52 I suffered bullying at work and was diagnosed as having PTSD as the workplace was reminiscent of my childhood. However my MDD has not got better in this time. I have tried everything including different medications and ECT. I was told by a few close people that my suicidality was cyclic and appeared to be hormonal. So I tried HRT Well I got worse because of life situations and I feel the HRT because I actually attempted suicide for the first time and got my period the next day in hospital. For three months horrible things happened just before my period. I went to see an endriconogist who told me to stop the HRT but couldn’t help me with anything else. I’m desperate and wonder if you think you could help me. After research my sister believes it’s cortisol and endricon related.

  127. Hi Dr. Holloway – Thank you for an interesting web site.
    I’m 72 years old and since October 2014 I have profuse sweating at any time of day or night. My body goes so cold and then I sweat – not hot flushing but sweat that runs down my back, face and hair; I always have to rub my skin to try and dry the sweat on me as it just keeps coming till the episode has finished.
    I will feel cool/cold and put on a cardigan but as soon as my body warms up the sweating starts; then when the heat has gone from my body I either feel cool or cold again till the temperature stabilizes. Nights are terrible as when I feel cold and pull a blanket over me I sweat untll the episode has passed and my body temperature has stabilized again till a few hours later when I can be woken up with the body being too hot again and everything has to be thrown off and a hand towel found to wipe the sweats again.

    I have seen several doctors and have had numerous tests done; all are at a loss to the reason of my severe sweats. I have had thyroid tests; chest xray; ultra sounds on liver and kidneys and adrenal glands and one has now suggested they do a CAT scan as all else has failed to reveal anything??? They took me off the blood pressure tablets to test if that was accelerating the sweating.

    I have been prescribed the troche 30 units triest EEstrone 10%; Estradiol 10%; Estriol 80%) 2mg. Progesterone 200mg; Testosterone 1mg. that I’m now dissolving 1/2 a tablet of a night in the mouth that I’m now trying.

    Can you please help me to what my body is doing???
    Thank you,

  128. dear dr holloway I am 50 an do a lot of high intensity training I have my rest periods and have a good diet but am finding that my muscles are not gaining could human growth hormone help and if so can it be subscribed

    • I have tried HGH with some of my patients over time. Besides being very expensive, I was disappointed with the results. Research tends to confirm that result. I do not use it anymore, preferring other methods. Are you sure you are getting enough protein?

  129. hi dr holloway i have been taking troches 500 progestrone &1 triest for 5 years i was good than for the last year till now every 3 month insted i take half troches at night i take quarter in morning & quarter at night bcause my hot flashes &sweat get worst thats the only problem i have went back to my dr she made a blood test for my hormone everry thing come back good now she put me on 500 progestron i take quarter in morning & quarter at night with one capsules of pregnelon she found i have viral infection thats why i still feel hot flashes she gave me vitamin c powder to take 1 teaspoon a day please tell me if iam doing the right things ( iam 60 years old thank you hope to hear from you )from south australia

    • Trust your doctor, as she is in the best position to know if you are on the right track.

      • hi dr holloway i went today to my dr because of my hot flashes because as i told recently she put on progestron & pregnelone so my hot flashes didnt get better now she put me on pregnelon to take 50 mg in morning & 50 mg at night with b12 sray 2 spray in morning only but no troches is it safe what iam doing because iam worried may do me harms because of the chages all time please let me know thx isabelle

  130. Sharon Schooley

    I have not lost my weight from my last child he is 11 I have tried everything and still maintain it’s my hormone I have recently had cysts on my overies pmt getting really bad have not been able to find a Dr that can get to the bottom on my problem

  131. What’s up everybody, here every person is sharing such knowledge, thus it’s fastidious to read this website,
    and I used to visit this web site all the time.

  132. Hello, I am 41yo. I have put on a substantial amount of weight since giving birth to my two children but have started to lose weight with duramine, exercise and diet. I am newly diagnosed with diabetes and have started a very low dose of metformin. But my biggest problem is my complete lack of any sexual desire. I find having sex a chore but will orgasm moderately easily and quickly during intercourse. But leading upto the actual penetration….I feel nothing. Before kids I had a very very high desire for sex. Its been 3 and a half years since I had my last child…. and still I feel no sexual drive.

  133. Hi dr Colin ,
    My name is renee I’m a 34 yr old female with severe stage 4 endo . I just had my 10th excision surgery 3 months ago . Last year I had 5 hr surgery as all organs where stuck ! My last one 3 months ago had be adhesions . However my pain is no different if not worse and it’s high under my rib cage on the left . I have just moved to bundaberg and was wondering if you can help IM DESPERATE as I want to do IVF but this diesease won’t give me a break HELP ME PLEASE !

  134. si l’on sait que celle employée pour beaucoup
    d’autres problèmes aussi, le petit ami digne de confiance peuvent souvent venir avec quelques – aspect des résultats imprévus .

  135. Michelle Fallon

    Just wondering if you treat autoimmune diseases, like Hashimotos?
    Thanks for your time :)

  136. Hi,

    I am a 33 year old female and have had acne since 18. I was a sprinter once (didn’t take drugs) and I think my acne is hormone related. I have had two children and both times I had acne free skin while breastfeeding and as soon as I stop breastfeeding my acne returns. Would bio-identical hormone treatment work for this?
    Thank you!

  137. Hi Dr Holloway,
    I am 29 and until recently have regular 30 day cycles but lost about 10kgs over 2 months Jan-Feb, through a mix of stress, poor dieting and excess running exercise, my BMI was just in underweight range (started at 61kg dropped to 51kg being 165cm tall). I stayed at that low weight and poor eating/over exercise for about another 2 months. My last period was late Feb and since then i have not had another period or ovulated.
    I understand this to be anovulatory due to my weight loss and poor nutrition so over the last month I have been eating more with a lot of lean meat and veg and changed my exercise to strength training instead of running and have put about 3kg back on, now at 54kg,of which i am sure would be muscle as well.
    I have had all my hormones tested and they are all looking good and an ultrasound shows my lining is good and no PCOS or other concerns, just a follicle sitting waiting.
    Is there anything i can do to encourage my ovulation to return so i can continue to try for a baby?


  138. I had this test done in 2013 and everything was great

  139. Hi, just wondering how to make an appointment please
    thank in advance

  140. Hi Dr Holloway
    I was on the birth control pill Yaz for about 5 years and Brenda for around 5 years before that. I came off Yaz nearly 4 years ago due to the melasma I was experiencing at even the mere mention of sunlight! The melasma has improved since being off the pill, however now I have noticed an increase in hair fall. This wasn’t concerning for the first few years as I have always tended to shed a bit of hair, but I always had a lot of it as well. But now 4 years on this hasn’t stopped and my hair is visibly thin and still falling out constantly. I have no bald patches on the scalp, it’s more an overall thinning affecting the lengths and I have to keep cutting my hair shorter to disguise all the uneven lengths. I’ve had blood tests come back normal for thyroid, estrogen, testosterone and vitamins/minerals. I am a healthy 35 year old, normal weight range and not taking any medications. All my family have nice thick hair so I doubt it is genetic. When will my hormones adjust after years on the pill?! I would love to come and see you, however I live in Perth. Is there any Specialists here that you could recommend? Many thanks for your time. Cheers Marie

  141. Dr Holloway
    I was wonder what we need to make an appointment with you, I am 47 years old an in full menopause. I had my tubes tide after the birth of my twins when i was 37 since then it was down hill for me, nothing has been the same my life is hell but it seems that no one cares about the hell my life has become

  142. Helen Dillon

    I’ve been on my troche’s for nearly 2 months and although you’ve tweaked my script I haven’t got them as yet. My question is will the new script stop be from being seriously angry all the time? I haven’t felt any of the ‘happy’ yet. I couldn’t be on the pill as this is what it was like then too.

  143. great issues altogether, you simply gained a new reader.
    What may you suggest about your put up that you made a few days
    in the past? Any positive?

  144. Hi Dr Holloway,
    I just wanted to touch base and let you know that we have moved our Cape Byron Compounding Chemist to 34 Ashmore rd, Bundall. We are also located in Byron bay (since 2013). Previously i was the owner of the Mortar & Pestle Compounding chemist at Miami on the coast which i sold to Broadbeach pharmacy 2010. I remember compounding a few of your prescriptions then. Still an avid supporter of bioidentical hormones , now close in age and stage to my customers! I was recently speaking with an obstetrician /gyn on the coast who had returned from the European menopause conf in Madrid, the Mayo clinic had presented on bioidentical progesterone and he is now using this in his practise and vows never to prescribe synthetic pg again..(Which is great) . Our website with our contact information is Happy to refer enquiries to you . Michelle Loschiavo
    BPharm (UQ) BNurs (Newcastle)

  145. Morning, I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Have been to 2 Dr’s (one a GP the other a Specialist) and both are pushing for me to take thyroxine. I am really interested to find if there is a natural alternative. I have been told there is no side effects with the drug thyroxine. Can you advise. ….I’m in Grafton NSW …Roz

  146. Hi, my name is Amy,
    I’m after some information about growth hormones, I’m 21 years old and I’m short, I want to use them but I don’t know how they safe they are and if they will make me grow, I’ve been researching and and seen a few different circumstances and side effects, one even said you can grow an abnormally large chin. I just want to know your thoughts and how long I would have to use them for?
    Thank you.

    • I would advise against using Growth Hormone. It is very expensive, only works by daily injection, and the results are disappointing. I have used it in the past for patients, and stopped as the results did not warrant the cost. At age 21, your growth plates on your bones would have fused, so it would not make your longer.

  147. I need ur help. I am on depo for about 9months now but l started having breast pain

  148. Hi Dr Holloway, I am 52 years old and have been through menopause. I also have fibromyalgia and have read that this can be caused by hormone imbalance. Is this true and if so what can I take for it to help.

  149. Hi Dr Holloway,
    This may sound like a really dumb question. I am 52 years young and have been going through menopause for approx 2 years now, I had a hysterectomy approx 8 years ago one of my main symptoms are daily migraine/headaches. I have tried HRT but made them worse. My GP took blood test recently and said that I was producing no estrogen,does this mean I am in the middle of menopause,end of menopause? Does this mean I should be on HRT or some sort of treatment ? I am very confused. I would really appreciate your advice/help in this matter. Thank you in advance.

  150. I have hormone imbalance but recently diagnosed with blood clots. I am hoping your program would work for my situation

  151. I have been using the trouches for about 5 months now, my breasts are super sensitive, when someone hugs me (like my grandchildren) they really hurt. I was told initially after using the trouches they would sensitive, but is it normal that after five months they are still so sensitive?

  152. Katherine keys

    I am 39,a mother of 4 and have Hashimotos too. I don’t like being on tablets and I’m wondering how this natural supplement of thyroid hormone can work? I’m yet to ask my GP for a whole range of new tests and I’ve only just started taking thyroxine again after a 18 month break. Any advise for me ?
    I’m often tired with sore neck and shoulders after having whiplash too 2 yrs ago. My body aches a lot and fatigue has set in. My sleep is not restful either. Exercise does not help me lose weight, and I’m about to remove wheat and gluten out of my diet.

  153. Hi Dr Holloway, I live in Canberra and was wondering if there were any doctors you could recommend that specialise in Bio-identical hormones.

  154. I am one of your patients. You have put me on a hormone cream… As I am on the Mirana I was wondering if my period does not start after day 27 do I have to wait until it starts to then start counting for my next days of cream?

  155. hi dr holloway – I’m coming to see you in october and my gp has put me on a progesterone
    only mini pill (not for contraception) and have been on it a month and it has not made any difference – should i go off it now until i see you in october? thanks, J

  156. Hi there
    Have you ever had any patients with acrocyanosis?? I greatly suffer and would love some help.,

    • No. I am unable to help you.

      • Thanks, it seems to be tied in my inability to adapt to the cold, I get cold blue hands and sweaty armpits when cold, also goosebumps. Putting additional clothing on does nothing to help, my body still wont warm up. Only way to warm up is by having a warm shower or wrapping myself in a heated blanket.
        Do you have any patients like this? I have always wondered if it is a thyroid problem – my TSH is normal however my T3 and T4 are low.

  157. Hello… I am post menopause and have Graves/Hashimotos antibodies. My TSH is normal and T3/T4 was in the normal range. Mt antibody count was 13000 and is supposed to be below 60. My GP said thats fine to my horror.. I have awful symptoms forgetfulness, brain fog, lack of concerntration, exhaustion, tired all the time but cant sleep, chest pains, heartbeat is slow then it races and can range from 50 to 80 beats a minute on resting, heart palpatations, heart feels like it flutters and can feel it also from my pulse, no sex drive or interest in the opposite sex, very bad hot flushes that I have to pull the car over if driving or sit down, nightsweats to the point Im drenched, panic attacks, swinging between hypo and hyper, lost interest in hobbies and life in general, no care factor about anything, depression but not depressed, My exGP tried to put me on antidepressants Efexor, I am a Zombie on them and discontinued using them. I was on Estalis Continuous, gained weight and didnt stop bleeding the whole time (hadnt bled in 3yrs prior) so I discontinued it after 8 months… Within a week the menopause symptoms came back 10 fold… Im at my wits end trying to find someone who will listen to me as I keep getting told Im fine… Can you please help at all???? Regards Mel

  158. Hi Dr Holloway
    I am wondering if you can help.I am 38 and from about the age of 14 I have had a weight problem.No one in my family has the same issue (they are all quiet thin)I feel I have been ignored for years by other gps and when they do hormone or thyroid tests I always get the same response.Oh your boarder line but nothing to worry about.I am at my wits end.I am tired all the time, foggy,quick to get angry,weight is hard to loose,my hair is thin and falls out and I suffer frequent headaches.I would just like an answer as I am sure this is not normal but no one seems to be able to help.Is this something I could see you about.
    Thank you

  159. Hi Dr Holloway,
    I have searched your website and I am hoping you may be able to offer me some advice. I have struggled with thyroid and adrenal issues since having my children and I am now 35 years old. I have been taking adrenal cortex (recently 4 daily) and have also recently started taking T3 SOD 5mcg daily (from compounding chemist – where I got your details from). I have just had a blood test done and they have forwarded my results to me which shows my TSH is down from 1.2 in May to <0.05. I feel awful, my heart is pounding (all I can feel when I lay down), I have a constant headache, unable to sleep, can't concentrate and am very emotional. I am unable to see my prescribing doctor as he is away for another 3 weeks and I have stopped taking all meds on the 27/8 (when I got my results) in an effort to stop the above but no relief as yet. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

  160. I am going through the menopause,and suffer very bad flushesmy doctor can’t proscribe anything for them as I take medication for high blood there anything I can do to help with big flushes? I rarely get a full nights sleep due to them xx K

  161. I receive your newsletter regularly and need to find out if you prescribe Bio Identical Hormone creams as well as troches. I am taking progesterone and testosterone BIHRcream and am still experiencing no moisture at all during intercourse. The doctor that prescribed this does not believe in using oestrogen. I feel that it may be the answer for me. Can you advise what you think or your experiences prescribing oestrogen.particularly the safest one of the 3 for my problem. Thank you.

  162. I don’t know where to start I am 33 years old. And over the past few years I can see my health decline. I am constantly fatigued, being to numerous doctors who blame depression. I don’t feel overly depressed but I am on on antidepressants. Recently I am experiencing very bad memory loss,brain fog, dizziness, headaches, increase facial hair, sudden loss of libido, salt cravings, puffy face and feet.
    I was referred to an endocrinologist and he said my thyroid is fine despite my gp giving me numerous test for it, putting me on thyroxine which sent my thyro toxic and put me in hospital. My auto immune was slightly raised when he tested me. He has given me no answer and I am feeling like everyone thinks I am crazy and making it all up.
    I am a busy working mum of 3 and I need my health back to 100 percent.
    I am hesitant to go back to dr”s as I don’t want to be labelled as crazy but I physically feel very unwell.

  163. I have been encouraged by my mother, who sent me your details, to inquire about the bouts of anxiety that suddenly come over me. She believes it is the beginning of menopause. Please let me know if you can advise me or provide some information that I could read. Thank you.

  164. Good afternoon Dr Holloway,

    I have been suffering with the symptoms of menopause for 4 and a half years. my friend has just been to see you and is feeling so much better after just 5 days. I have rung to make an appointment but you are not taking any new patients. Can you please recommend any other doctors doing similar programs to you.

    Thanks very much, Helen Harvey

  165. Good evening I would like to ask if you can recommend someone that offers what you do on the Gold Coast as I work during the week, but desperately need to get my hormones regulated and want to do it naturally. I was given a glowing report on all you do from a friend.

  166. Good afternoon Dr Holloway,
    My name is Sharon Bye, I am 49 years of age.
    I have just now come from my GP who highly recommended you to me as I have been suffering for most of this year, progressively worsening, symptoms of peri menopausal hormone imbalances which are severely affecting me. I would dearly and desperately appreciate an opportunity to speak with you and have you recommend and prescribe natural treatments for me. Could you please let me know if there is any possibility of an appointment with you.
    Kind regards,

  167. Hi Dr Holloway, I’ve been back on my troche now for 28 days which I am so glad about as the hot flushes have now stopped & I am starting to get some sleep again. I find I have started to gain weight, am craving sweet things & I’m starting to feel a bit moody. Do you think I should do a blood test so you can see if my levels are not quite right?

    Thank you so much,


  168. Hi I’m a personal trainer that has suffered hormonal imbalances, I would like to help other woman treat hormonal imbalance with diet and exercise but am not really sure how to go about being qualified for this. I am more interested in treating than diagnosing and was hoping you could help point me in the right direction? Is it uni I need? Or are there some basic courses I could do? Thank you for your time

  169. Have hypothroidism but can’t balance my hormones weight keeps going up. What do I do?

  170. I am female, 66. Have been on the Hashimoto merry-go-round for over 4 years. GP’s just don’t get it, and think Thyroxene is the only answer. Had Thyroxene for 3 years, and last year tried a hormone guru who did not read blood tests and overmedicated me with desiccated thryoid. I was having heart palpations and feeling anxious, concentration of a flea, continual brain fog. Went to another integrative doctor who said I must come off medication for a month and then take blood tests. In the meantime, I went to a naturopath who did private blood tests to confirm I was Hashimotos. I was chronically constipated. I am now on mega doses of B vitamins, Adrenal Support, selenium, iodine. Vit D & Zinc at rather inflated prices and have recommenced 1 x 40mg desiccated thyroid. Naturopath insisted I give up dairy as well as gluten. I was already gluten free. When I gave up dairy I lost 2.5kg weight in one month and went from chronic constipation to very loose bowels 2 – 3 times a day. Now I have recommenced desiccated thyroid for 6 days, not going to the toilet as easily.
    Can you recommend anyone in Adelaide that understands Hashimotos and can get to the bottom of it??

  171. My daughter is 12yr with type 1 diabetes. She is developing hushimotos but her pediatrician denies her having anything wrong. Her TPO was 332 last yr and now 815 Iu/ml
    Her thyroglobulin Ab was 240 last yr and now 500 kIU/L
    Can you confirm my suspicions as to hushimotos ?
    I dont know who to take her too as the diabetes endo that comes from newcastle denied anything wrong as well last yr.
    Im a single mum and hate city driving. Is there anyone you know that visits the mid coast or tablelands that you can suggest. Im at wits end as to who I can trust as her specialists atm are doing her harm.
    Please help.

  172. My husband has recently been told he suffers from stage 3 adrenal fatigue. We have been looking for a Dr or Specialist in QLD who might be able to help him understand and treat his condition. I am hoping that with your expertise in the area you may be able to help us or recommend someone who can. We live above cairns but are happy to travel to find out more.
    Kind regards

  173. Hi Dr,
    I am desperate, at my wits end, don’t want to live anymore…. I have severe RLS, have been taking Sifrol for 4 months and am now Augmentating. I have been for the past few weeks and last night I finally stopped taking them. They’re making the RLS 100x worse than it normally already is. I also have significant PN which is making the RLS worse also. I cannot take anymore! I’ve gone 5 nights so far without any sleep and I’m going mad!
    I have just moved from NSW and have seen one GP in QLD who could barely speak English. I need to find the rare GP who knows more than me about RLS…I need this Augmentation treated, I am in pain and I’m physically and mentally drained!
    Please help me!!!

  174. Hot flushes night sweats
    Cry at anything
    Want to kill very one going off at people
    Don’t want to do anything
    Tyred all the time
    Can not remember what I did 20 minutes ago
    Cannot get head around book work

  175. I am 53 I have been going through menopause is the age 44 I’ve come to the point that I could just curl up and go to sleep not wake up because I am just over all the shit that I’ve gotta go through with menopause and for sex my poor husband hasn’t had any for two years what what the hell is wrong with me

  176. Hi Dr Holloway,
    Do you have a book out on bio.identical hormones including progesterone
    For both women and men
    I live in the lower mountains NSW

  177. I get a lot of hormonal migraines. I am taking medication (both preventative and pain relief) but these only help for the other migraines I was getting but dont seem to help with the monthly migraines that i get in clusters and rib me of a week of my life each month. Can hormone treatment assist?

  178. Hi Dr Holloway
    I am a patient of yours. My sister is wondering if there is someone in Canberra you could recommend..

  179. Very interested struggling with pre menopause symptond

  180. William Ward & Sharyn Bridges

    Hi Doc,
    How are you, Karen Elliott advised us you had moved to new clinic.
    I, William Ward have been a client of your’s for many years as has my partner Sharyn Bridges.
    Six months ago we moved to Bundaberg area to live permanently, Sharyn and I will be requiring new scripts as our medication is due to expire, no repeats left.
    Is it possible to have a consultation via skype or telephone, or would we need to make an appointment and make our way down to Caboolture to be seen in person.
    We have our referrals for our blood tests which are to be done in NOV 2015 which we have to do anyway, we are just trying to reduce the costs, time and inconvenience associated with travel.
    Please advise.
    William Ward & Sharyn Bridges

  181. Lenora Rasmussen

    Hi Dr Holloway,

    My husband has suffered from ED and depression for over a year now and wants to fall asleep at any given time. He did try the Bio Identical cream a few years ago (not from your clinic), however, I don’t think he gave it enough time. In addition, his blood test also show no marked increase in his testosterone levels. Do you do blood screening test and continue to monitor and tweak dosages? Many thanks

  182. Hello Dr Holloway. I am on a contraceptive pill for the first time in over 20 years to try to control problem bleeding and feelings of flatness, irritability and burning in my legs that I developed about a year ago. I am 46 and feel like I’m completely empty, sad, flat and just generally unhappy. I’ve got two friends that have seen you in the last 2 years and are very happy with your treatment. My doctor doesn’t believe that I’m going into menopause but also won’t check my bloods. Can I please make an appointment with you ? I need to get back to feeling like myself- I’m falling apart for no good reason.

  183. Hi Doc, I had a complete hysterectomy at the age of 25 am 54 now. Can you recommend a hormone specialist in Clarkson, Joondalup or Perth, WA please. I really need to start using more natural and better hormones, I only now realize the danger of hormones with my and my family’s cancer history. Thank you kindly, Reneé

  184. My sister has put me on to Dr Holloway and went for my first visit last week. I suffer from and Under Active Thyroid, High Blood Pressure, Major Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and now Menopause. I have tried so many different medication for my depression etc with no relief and much frustration and suicide thoughts and actions has taken its toll. So I am looking forward for my next visit to see what my results have come back with my blood test and fingers crossed you are my life saver to get me feeling better than what I have done in over 30yrs. I will definitely give my honest feedback on how this goes when I start my new medication from Dr Holloway.
    I am praying this works and gives me a better quality of life.

  185. I am 33 years old and suffer from bad melasma and have done so for many years.
    Is this something you have experience in reversing?

  186. Hi dr Holloway
    I have been using natural products by my naturpath to help with my hornones I get down and moody hot flushes feel very confused. I feel these natural tablets by my naturopath aren’t helping recently my go did all tests including my thyroid as I generally fel tired moody lithification confused etc and all levels wee great except my hormones estero fen was exceptionally low and progesterone to. He recommmmended Hrt but am hesitant a due to the side effects I try to excersise regularly but I find I really have to drag myself to do anything I’m also nausea a all the time like morning sickness. I have recommended to u and have made an appointment to see u but can’t get in until March if at all possible and there is a vacancy earlier I would really appreciate it as I am desperate to get my health back. I get depressed and have panic stacks also. I feel like another person. I work in outpatients at Redcliffe hospital and feel my concentration is poor. Another friend recommended indolplex I thought I might try that until I can see u hopefully sooner rather than later. Whatvdonu think would love to hear from u.

  187. Hi Dr Holloway,

    I am a 40 yr old female – 7mths post op (hysterectomy and removal of one ovary , bowel resection) due to Stage 4 endometriosis.

    I have consulted several GP’s over the past 7 months with a range of symptoms such as fatigue, general muscle aches and pains, burning tongue/lips, numb tips of fingers, heartburn, burning/tingling sensations over body -amongst other symptoms.

    I have had several blood tests with nothing significantly notable. I have tried iron supplements and most recently magnesium without effect.

    I am wondering if this could all be hormonal? I was advised by my surgeon that by leaving one ovary my hormonal profile should stay intact.

    Would this be something I could discuss with you?

    Thank you so much.

  188. Everil Radcliffe

    I’d like to make an appointment to see you. I am in North Lakes Queensland.

  189. My face has been red, itchy and swollen for the last six weeks could it be from my troche.

  190. Dear Dr Hollaway,
    I have taken your advise and looked up LDN and I beleive it would be good for me to take this medication for my condition (bowel) which we talked about today 17/12/2015 at my 3.10 pm phone consultation with you. I would be very happy for you to send me a script for this medication. Thank you so much for your assistance with my well being.
    Best Regards,
    Susan Cook.

  191. Hi, I wonder if you can recommend any one on the south side, as you are not taking new clients? I am very interested to investigate bio identical HRT after your talk at the Hormone conference at the Mecure Hotel. I live at Redland Bay.
    Your site is a mine of information. Hope you can help.

  192. Hi!
    I have just turned 35, and luckily have beautiful kids.
    My periods have become irregular (or should I say way too regular!) and after some testing, I have been told I am in perimenopause. I feel all over the shop with this diagnosis, but am about to move to Brisbane, so need to find someone up there to help me through this mess. I am currently seeing a Traditional Chinese Dr, who is helping some symptom management but my western medical drs are telling me I need HRT once my periods stop. I am not comfortable with this, and am liking what I am reading here.
    My question is, should I just ride this phase out as much as I can, or am I better off trying to get an appointment with you soon.
    Thanks in advance!

  193. Dear Dr Hollaway, I do not know of any other Dr’s that give proffessional advise via a post. From all your patients an I, I say thank you for being out of the square. We need more Dr’s like you.

  194. Hi Dr Holloway
    My name is Tammy V, and I am a current patient of yours. I phoned your office today, but they said you were on a break (well deserved I’m sure).
    I have been struggling again lately, approx the last month, with hot flushes, mood swings, depression, aggression, confusion, short term memory loss, lips intermittently very dry with peeling (since dec 2014, initial staph infection), dizziness and extreme fatigue/lack of energy. GP sent me for a blood test on 10/12/15 at QML including FBE, E/LFT’s, lips swab/MCS; blood – vit B/iron studies…all which came back OK. In June I was put on a 24hr Holter Monitor and diagnosed with Ventricular Ectopics. I had a procedure on 15/12/15, an endoscopy with dilatation of oesophagus, and a colonoscopy with EBL of haemorrhoids. I have previously been diagnosed with IBS. My specialist did a UBT and I go back to see him on 29/12/15 for post op review and all results.
    I am concerned that it may be my hormone levels ‘out of whack’ and I finish my troches on 28th Dec. I am hesitant to order a new lot if the dosage is not correct as I cannot afford to keep paying for new orders. I have a path form for QML which you had forwarded onto me from my last appointment in Oct. I have made an appointment with you on 4th Jan. So, I will get my bloods done beforehand and hold off on the new order of troches in the meantime.
    Current daily meds: Lovan 40mg, Calc 1.58g+vitD 8.3mcgx1, Mag 150mgx1, Glucosomine HCL 1.5gx1, CoQ10 50mgx1, Evening Primrose Oil 1gx1, Lactulose 30ml bd
    Hope you have a wonderful break, a Merry Xmas and a Very Happy New Year.
    Tammy V

  195. Hi,
    I’ve had several problems with a hormone imbalance for years! They diagnosed me with PCOS, as I had the same hormone imbalance although without the cysts and facial hair etc. the only thing that happened was severe acne. I was prescribed spiralactone and Brenda the contraceptive pill. Everything got better although the spiralactone made me quite naseous with headaches and vomiting. I eventually was weined off the spiralactone and kept on the pill only, which was going fine. I then saw a doctor I don’t usually see who told me I should change pills to a different pill thag wasn’t so connected to having strokes.. As soon as I did this my bad skin problems returned. I returned back to the Brenda pill and the skin problem has stayed the same. I’m sick of being messed around by doctors, could you please recommend what I can do to avoid going back on spiralactone? Or what I actually have a problem with as I am not 100% convinced it was PCOS..

  196. Hi Dr Colin , I had a termination 7 months ago, I’m only 20 years old. My body and hormones since then have been driving me crazy. i cant seem to get myself back to its healthy state! i cant lose weight no matter how hard i try, i have headaches, fatigue, restlessness, depression. Please i need your help.

    • Sometimes treating younger women with hormones can make it worse, as you hormonal systems are still developing and taking hormones can upset the balance.

      • I don’t take birth control pills I had a termination which has made my hormones become imbalanced. I just want to know if this is normal it’s been 7 months now and I feel like I’m getting no where.. But want to know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel here

  197. Dear Dr Holloway, thank you, thank you, thank you so much for helping me! The natural thyroid tablets, natural progesterone troche, melatonin and low-dose naltrexone you prescribed for me when I saw you 5 weeks ago for the first time have helped me to feel normal again for the first time in probably 40 years! My hair has stopped falling out, I’m no longer chronically constipated and I seem to be getting my energy back and can exercise again! I feel,completely different! I’m so angry mainstream medicine does not offer patients a choice with thyroid meds, (with lots of doctors even maligning natural thyroid hormone). My thoughts are that being on synthetic thyroid replacement for 40 years was never right for me! I am finding my life. Bless you! See you for my second visit shortly. 😄

  198. Dr Hollaway I visited you in December and commenced my troches on Christmas Eve . I was feeling fine on one per day but now I am feeling nauseous and unwell. Is there any iron in the troches as I have found in the past this makes me ill. Can I just go back to one a day for a while? I am unable to eat and I am very tired with aching joints. I am only assuming this is the troches as I don’t usually feel like this

  199. Hi there I am only 20 years old but I have hormone imbalance- it’s been 8 months ice tried to let it go away naturally but looking into progesterone cream, I heard it’s great and it’s my last option I have! What do you think? And where can I buy it from?

    • Progesterone cream is safe and effective for many hormonal problems. You will need to find a doctor who can prescribe it for you. Contact your nearest compounding pharmacy for the names of doctors who can help.

  200. Hello Dr Holloway, I was wondering if u have any patients you see with multiple sclerosis and treating them with low dose naltrexon .

  201. Hi, Thanks for your information on LDN. I emailed the LDN trust and they sent me two Doctor’s names/numbers in Perth, but when I followed up they had moved on from their jobs at these numbers and no follow on ones. Would you know of any other Doctors in Perth that would prescribe for me? I have Lupus and have been more fatigued lately and also had to get ultrasound on my legs (claudation?) as they have become constantly sore and in a pre cramp feeling. The ultrasound results were okay. I am 63 this year. I am on treatment for HBP, and take Twynsta 45mgs which I thought may be part of the sore legs issue and also off beating of my heart. I said that to my doctor and it was brushed aside. I take garlic C horseradish tab and Vit D tab daily, also half Polaramine at night for allergy.

  202. Hello Dr Holloway

    What are the Pathology tests that you recommend for 55yo men for hormone replacement.

    Regards Royleena

  203. Dear Dr Holloway,
    Susan Cook here giving you feedback on how I am going on LDN.

    I started taking the LDN on the 19/01/2016.


    Feeling a lot happier from the first dose and my bowel is some what better.
    I can think more clearly, have no anxiety, less pain from Arthritis and I feel like I have finally found peace within my-self. All of this has to have a good affect on my Amuine System.
    and assist me to have better health.
    I am now on 3 caps at night and would like to know if I can increase to 4 caps a night to see if I will have even better results?

    Thank you,

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