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 Morayfield, 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 15 years, and have treated nearly 4000 people with them.

Qualifications

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 Unfortunately, the book is now out of print, and is no longer current as it was written over 15 years ago.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 Queeensland, 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.

  1. My sister is 74 and suffers hot flushes daily. Nobody has been able to help her except with HRT which she is reluctant to take because of breast cancer in the family. She had Cushings Syndrome many years ago which has an effect on the body for the rest of her life. Could you help her?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.”

  4. 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.
    Gill

  5. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about best treatment for acne.
    Regards

  6. 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

  7. 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.
        Cheers
        Chris

  8. 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?
    Regards
    Carol Stewart

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. i HAVE A 17 YR OLD DAUGHTER SAID TO HAVE ENDOMETRIOSIS, SHE IS IN SEVERE PAIN AND HAS BEEN FOR A MONTH. SHE HAS BEEN PUT ON THE PILL AND GIVEN ENDEP WHILE WE WAIT A SPECIALIST APPOINTMENT. IS THE PAIN SUPPOSE TO BE CONTINUOUS AND SEVERE LIKE THIS?

    • 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.

  12. 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 .

  13. 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.

  14. 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),
    Regards,
    Robyn

    • 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)

        Regards,
        Robyn

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  16. 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

  17. Karen Clarke

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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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

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

  25. 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.

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

  27. 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

    PLEASE HELP US JOCELYN

    • 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.

  28. Tansey Collier

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

  29. 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

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

  31. 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.

  32. Thank you! I live in Brisbane…

  33. 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?

  34. 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.

  35. 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?

    Regards,
    Susan

    • 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”

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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. :)

  48. 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?

  49. 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.

  50. 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?

  51. 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.

  52. 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!!.

  53. 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.

  54. 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?

  55. 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.

  56. 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,
    Sara

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

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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

  63. 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?

  64. 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.

  65. 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

  66. 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?

  67. 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.

  68. 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

  69. 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.

  70. 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!

  71. 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.
    Ina

  72. 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

  73. 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
    Alana

  74. 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.

  75. 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

  76. 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???
    Sue

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

  78. 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

  79. 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 .

  80. 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?

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

  82. 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.

  83. https://www.facebook.com/healwithease?ref=profile Tracey F this link may help you get you some relief from the hives. good luck

  84. 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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  88. 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.

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