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Bio-Identical Hormones

hormonesAre you feeling tired? Does something feel off? Has a loved one told you that you are not acting like your normal self? What if there was a way to check with a simple blood test to see if there was something out of balance in your body that needed to be adjusted? Most insurances cover hormone analysis as part of a yearly physical. Our comprehensive blood work panel will focus beyond the basic disease identification. Our panels strive to improve patient’s quality of life and are expanded to include thyroid, vitamins, and hormone levels to treat beyond disease. Why settle for just getting by or feeling okay when the answer could be in your blood. Our providers strive to improve a patient’s quality of life, optimize your hormone levels with bio-identical hormones, increase your energy level, and even lose weight with these key components:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Vitamins
  • Supplements
  • Hormones
  • Prescription Drugs

Full Circle Health is pleased to announce that we offer Complete Bioidentical Hormone Treatment for Men & Women! Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may:

  • Improve vitality and quality of life
  • Slow the symptoms of aging

When choosing a Hormone Replacement, Expect Optimal! Don’t settle for just the normal inevitable decline. *At Full Circle Health, we have the expertise and extensive training in prescribing and treating our patients with Compounded Hormones and ordering and interpreting Hormone Lab Testing. When low Hormone levels are discovered, we offer several Hormone replacement options such as:

  • Subcutaneous Hormone Pellet therapy for Men & Women.
  • Compounded Hormone Creams that are patient specific and made for your Hormone replacement needs.

In order to provide the best quality products, we have formed alliances with numerous Compounding Pharmacies both locally and nationally to serve our patients at the lowest cost and highest efficiency. In addition to our compounded therapies and pellets, we carry Orthomolecular Nutraceuticals.

What are Bio-identical Hormones?

Bio-Identical-HormonesBio-identical hormones have the exact same chemical structure as hormones that are made by the human body. As such, they are able to fully replicate the function of the hormone that we naturally produced. The molecular differences that exist between bio-identical and synthetic hormones are responsible for the side effects and health risks that occur when synthetic hormones are used.

What is the Goal of Bio-identical Hormone Therapy?

The goal is to provide an adequate supply of a deficient hormone in a form that is molecularly identical to that which your body produces. Since every individual is unique, bio-identical hormone replacement is customized based upon symptoms and hormone levels.

What are the Symptoms of Hormone Deficiency in Women?

Common symptoms of estrogen deficiency include: hot flashes or flushing, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings, sleep disturbances, and anxiety.

Common symptoms of testosterone deficiency include: fatigue, decreased libido and/or sexual dysfunction, depressed mood, brain “fogginess” or decreased mental clarity, forgetfulness, decreased muscle mass, and difficulty losing weight.

Isn’t Testosterone a “Man’s Hormone”?

Actually, this is a common misconception. While it is true that men are 95% testosterone and 5% estrogen (yes, men make estrogen too!), testosterone plays a vital role in the hormone make-up of a woman. Women produce approximately 60% estrogen and 40% testosterone.

What are Some of the Protective Benefits of Bio-identical Estrogen and Testosterone?

Studies have shown that estrogen is protective against heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. Estrogen replacement can also improve vaginal atrophy, incontinence, depression. Furthermore, estrogen plays a significant role in restoring collagen in skin naturally, thereby improving skin wrinkling of the face.

Testosterone has many protective qualities. Many do not realize that the main function of testosterone is to burn sugar. It does this by building muscle mass. In doing so, testosterone helps to reduce blood sugar and prevent diabetes. It also protects against cardiovascular disease

What About Bio-identical Progesterone?

Bio-identical progesterone is important especially for women who have a uterus and intend to start estrogen replacement. It’s main function is to protect against uterine (endometrial) cancer. Unfortunately, many women are prescribed a synthetic horse-derived progestin (Provera) which is dangerous to your health. A large study in 2002 called the Women’s Health Initiative demonstrated that Provera increases the risk for adverse cardiovascular events including blood clots in the lungs, strokes, and heart attacks. Furthermore, the study showed a link between Provera use and invasive breast cancer. Bio-identical progesterone is safe and does not carry these risks.

How is Bio-identical Hormone Therapy Administered?

For women, the most common forms of bio-identical hormone therapy are creams, troches (lozenge designed to dissolve), and pellets. Pellets are the most popular form of hormone replacement for women at Full Circle Health. Time-released pellets (about the size of a grain of rice) are inserted in the body fat. Pellets are usually painless to insert, and provide a steady hormone level for approximately 3-4 months. Complications from pellet insertion are minimal but may consist of minor bleeding or bruising.

If you would like more information, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today. I am confident that bio-identical hormone therapy can dramatically improve the quality of life and health for many!

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