The following stories have been taken from actual cases in Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.’s practice. All names are fictitious to protect patient confidentiality.
Sheryl, Estrogen Therapy, age: 80
80 years old and a long-standing patient who decided three years ago after being successfully treated for breast cancer to go back on estrogen therapy with the estradiol patch.
“You’ve made my life so wonderful these last few years. I want to keep on with what I’m doing, and feel good. I am so much better off than the people here at this retirement center who are my age and even younger, but not taking any hormones. I sleep well, the hot flashes are gone, the night sweats are gone, and I have good energy and I’m really happy with the decision I made.”
This recording was done on April 4, 2017 with Dr. Vliet and her patient regarding PCOS and what it can do to you as an adolescent and young adult.
SW from Maryland, age 52
“My anxiety is gone, I sleep well, I don’t have any hot flashes or night sweats. I do feel good on this combination, and I like the daily regimen with the estrogen and progestin in the one pill of Activella since it is so convenient. I think it has been good for my bones to have started the estrogen at 39 because I was already starting to lose bone then, and I think I would have lost a lot more by now if I had not started working with you on the hormones. I think I am doing a lot better than other women my age!”
42 Years Old, Mother of 3
“42 year old mother of 3 children, from Montana whose hormone struggles began at the age of 40 with puzzling and debilitating pain symptoms that got progressively worse and drastically interfered with her ability to function. She had seen many doctors in a variety of specialties before coming to Tucson for her evaluation with me. She is a devout Christian, and said she pleaded with God to help her find help for relief of her bladder and muscle pain so she could get her life back to be able to be a mother to her children. At her appointment December 12, 2012, she said she is so pleased with progress she has made since her first consult and being on hormone therapy for past 7 months.” Read More
Margaret S., Ph. D.
“Your warning gave us the opportunity to become informed consumers, explore our options and ask relevant questions so we could decide on a therapy which was acceptable to us. This is the way medicine should be practiced: freedom of choice, recommendations by experts, enough information for patients to make informed choices and the option of paying for treatments which insurance companies will not cover. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and expertise about hormones with us.” Read More
“My first visit with Dr. Vliet was August 4th 2011. I was at my absolute rock bottom! I had suffered with extreme depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. Beginning at age 18, I had been treated for these conditions. Over the years, I was prescribed 22 different antidepressants, anti-anxiety, and psychotropic medications, none of which worked.” Read More
“Dr. Vliet & Staff, I wanted to thank you so very much for making me feel welcome during my daughter’s consult visit last Thursday. I have never met a better group of women in a Doctor’s office! We were all so very impressed with how you conduct your business, and how we were made to feel “at home”. My daughter is in some ways already feeling better, and I know it is going to take time, but you have been an answer to prayer. Thank you so very much for letting God use you to get to the root of my daughter’s problems. As her mother it has been such a very hard time for me. I knew in my heart she did not have a mental issue. You gave us the answers we were looking for! I hope to see you again sometime.
God Bless and Thank you again,
Connie, from Texas”
Shelly, 34 Years Old, Premature Menopause “I’ve been on Premphase since my doctor told me I was in premature menopause. I can’t remember things, I’m gaining weight around the middle of my body, I have NO energy, my sex drive is totally gone,