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4838 E.Baseline Road
Suite 103
Mesa, AZ 85206
Tel: 480.926.8000

Female Treatment Plan

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 months. Complications from pellet insertion are minimal but may consist of minor bleeding or bruising.

Female Hormone Pricing structure as of November 2017 for 2018:

  • Troches will be $75 a month for therapy ($180 every 3 months) – shipped to your door
  • Custom compounded creams cost $97 a month or ($250 every 3 months) – shipped to your door
  • Compounded Pellets $300 every 3 months, (or $1,000 a year up front) – in office procedure
  • Progesterone compounded costs $125 for a 3 month supply (compare to your insurance cost and see which is the better deal, many insurance plans cover progesterone)
  • An office visit is required with each of these products and can be billed to insurance or the out of pocket cost is $97
  • Purchasing these products and services from us will get you 10% off supplements we sell in office

Due to insurance coverage and price increase we have decided to simplify pellets for women.  Your pellets cost a flat fee out of pocket for as much Estrogen and Testosterone you need.  The rest of the procedure we don’t even need to bill to insurance if you don’t want.  Now no matter what your insurance situation you can budget a flat fee accordingly.  We feel this is a competitive price for the highest quality bio-identical hormones you can get from a trusted 503B verified supplier.

Most patients will still need a physical exam and to go over questions regarding how you feel and talk about your hormones (or other related, or unrelated topics, like thyroid, hypertension, diabetes, etc)  We can bill your insurance for that office visit.  If you do not have insurance, or have a high deductible, the out of pocket cost for that visit is a reasonable price.

For pellets you will be scheduled for 2 appointments back-to-back each 15 minute in length, one for the office visit potion billed to insurance and the other self-pay compounded pellets.  If you are not getting pellets but troches, or creams you will have 1 appointment for 15 minutes then at check out pay for your prescriptions – then about a week later they will arrive to your door via FedEx.

You can still use your Health Savings or Flex Spending card, or claims this as a medical expense at the end of the year.  If you need help financing, we can help you there also.

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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