Women talk, word spreads, and HHC continues to grow.
Five years ago, Lyn Hogrefe rented a small, stone cottage in the heart of Centerville, Ohio as a place for women to share their health stories and learn how to achieve a hormonally- balanced life. She called her quaint meeting place the Happy Hormone Cottage (HHC), and what she thought would be an education forum caught fire with women who questioned their doctors’ assertions that their hot flashes, lack of sexual desire, weight gain, and sleeplessness were normal aspects of aging. A 30-year educator who underwent an emergency hysterectomy at the age of 49, Hogrefe didn’t have a business plan, much less an idea that Happy Hormone Cottage would grow into a successful business with five offices in five years. She just wanted to help women by sharing what she learned about bioidentical hormones. “This is a passion,” said Hogrefe. “I never translated it in writing to a business plan because to me it was never a business. I just wanted to help women. HHC grew organically from demand. I just happen to fill a niche of women helping women. “
Hogrefe listened as women as young as 20-somethings told her of perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms that escalated into adrenal and thyroid problems—and shared with them that a healthy diet, exercise, and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) could alleviate or even eliminate their symptoms. “Hormones are to women like water is to plants,” said Hogrefe, chief executive officer of Happy Hormone Cottage based in Kettering, Ohio. “When your hormones are depleted or out of balance, your health is compromised. Thyroid, adrenals and sex hormones are all linked. We can help women monitor and maintain their hormone balance.” Women began to feel better, so they told their friends and inner circles, who told their friends and inner circles. Five years later, Hogrefe has a necklace of five offices along the I-75 corridor strung from Dayton to northern Kentucky that have helped more than 5,000 women get tested, treated and feel better. HHC offices are in Piqua, Vandalia, Kettering and Mason, Ohio and Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Hogrefe has had women from as far away as Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama drive or fly to Ohio to meet with a Happy Hormone Cottage consultant and nurse practitioner Angela Rothstein.
“This tells me that women are not satisfied with conventionally-trained doctors’ current standard of care that supports a big pharma agenda,” said Hogrefe. “Women are questioning doctors who tell them their hormone levels are within normal range when they know they feel awful. What is normal for each woman is unique to her. We listen to women, validate their feelings about their health and help them get tested, treated and better.” Women can obtain a free, initial consultation, and get their hormone , cortisol and thyroid levels tested. A compounded, personalized prescription of hormone cream containing biestrogen, progesterone and testosterone is then created for each woman based on her hormone needs. Each client’s adrenal glands and thyroid issues are also addressed in the same customized, personalized manner because each woman is different, added Hogrefe. Hogrefe has written Own Your Journey to Optimal Hormone Balance (New Leaf Press, April, 2014) a book on her personal journey to wellness through BHRT. She is also a speaker, educator and blogger on women’s hormone health. The book is available on the Happy Hormone Cottage website and in all its office locations. As Happy Hormone Cottage moves into its sixth year, it is and will continue to be an endeavor of the heart– women helping women by educating, empowering and committing them to attain their best health naturally, Hogrefe said. “We just began listening to women and validating them to figure out how to solve their hormone imbalance issues at the root level,” said Hogrefe. “When we fix the issue and prevent disease that is based on the biochemistry of the body at the same time,, we get results. Women talk and word spreads. We continue to grow.”
Hogrefe’s next book signing will be held Tuesday, Sept 16 at Nonnie Waller’s Cross Pointe Town Center, 101 E. Alex-Bell Road in Centerville, Ohio. For a complete schedule of Happy Hormone Cottage events, go to www.happyhormonecottage.com/events.htm. For more information, go to www.happyhormonecottage.com , email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (513) 444-6343.