What are Bio-Identical Hormones?
Syntheti Bio-identical hormones are exactly, molecule per molecule, the same hormones your body produces. They are made in a lab but are still considered natural to your body because they are molecularity identical. Hormones are also made in a lab but, most importantly, are not identical to your body. Bio-identical hormones are thought to be superior to the types of synthetic hormones that are commonly prescribed. Our doctor may choose to prescribe testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, pregnenolone, thyroid, DHEA, cortisol, growth hormone or melatonin depending on what your symptoms are and what your body needs.
Am I a candidate for Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?
You may be a good candidate for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) if you have any of the following: weight gain, muscle loss, sleep loss, decreased sex drive, tension, mood changes, irritability, depression, bloating, joint pain, headaches, poor quality of erections, fatigue, and mental fogginess. In the average male and female, hormones start to decline in the late 20’s. The best time to start replenishing hormones is between the age of 35 to 40. However, it is never too late to take back your life. There are people in their 70’s that have found great benefit from starting on hormone replenishment therapy.
Does hormone therapy work?
Yes! This is medical science at its best. Over the years, there have been hundreds of medical trials and case studies providing conclusive evidence that hormone therapy works. Resulting in better health, energy, and sexuality.
Do I need to get lab work done?
Each person participating in our program will have comprehensive studies done, then be evaluated by our physician to determine your body’s specific needs. It takes approximately 7-10 days to receive results. Having your labs drawn does not guarantee you’ll be placed on a hormone replenishment therapy.
Note* We do not accept Insurance; however we do utilize health insurance for lab studies.
Will my FSA or HSA cover my treatment?
Many employers offer a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) to their employees. These arrangements permit the employee to stow a portion of their pre-tax earnings in a special account for use on health-related expenses that may NOT be covered by primary health insurance. Depending on the type of FSA/HSA, these arrangements may cover your treatment, including medications, office visits, program fees, enzymes, and supplements.
How will I get my prescriptions?
We are better able to manage your hormone levels with precise accuracy if all medications come from the same pharmacy. Bio-identical hormone modulation is very different from prescribing "one-size-fits-all" drugs like Premarin. Every treatment regimen is custom-tailored to the individual based on the results of blood tests, medical history, exam, and symptoms. With compounded medications, hormone powders are mixed with a cream or gel base or loaded into capsules. There are many variables such as the absorption level of the cream base and the size of hormone particles. By standardizing with one pharmacy (as with one diagnostic lab), we are better able to predict a patient's response to a certain dosage and properly adjust the dosage in response to symptoms. If a patient obtains their hormones or supplements elsewhere, we can never be sure exactly what they are taking.
What happens if I stop the program? Will my body stop producing hormones on its own? Will my hormone levels decrease? Will I lose my gains?
In general, supplementation by exogenous (external) hormones will result in decreased endogenous (internal) production. However, after a period of time the body tends to restore hormones to pre-treatment levels after halting treatment. If your own hormone production was low before treatment, it will most likely return to the same levels after treatment. As a result, most of the physical changes enabled by the treatment will gradually revert back to "normal."
What are the possible side-effects?
Side effects are often minimal and manageable when replenishing hormones to youthful levels. Some patients report breast tenderness or swollen joints when first starting bio-identical hormone replenishment therapy; these and other adverse reactions can be remedied by adjusting the dosage. The key things is following all directions and reporting any side effects so the doctor knows what is happening.