Hormone Replacement Therapy

We will design a unique Hormone Replacement Therapy program for you using only Bio-Identical Hormones.

What are Bio-Identical Hormones?
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 molecularly identical. Synthetic 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 Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?
You may be a good candidate for HRT 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 replacement 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. (This is board certified doctors using sophisticated laboratory tests and treatment protocols to produce life-altering results.)

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What is involved in Hormone Replacement Therapy?
You would first schedule an office visit with one of our staff to review our different hormone replacement therapy HRT options to determine which program best meets your needs. You may either complete a Health Questionnaire during your initial visit or prior to your visit by going to our website at www.ohwjax.com. Next you’ll need to get your lab work done. Finally, once your lab work is back our doctor will review all your information to determine the best therapy and course of action for you. If you wish to proceed, you will be examined by the physician. Your hormone replacement therapy HRT prescription will be sent to your home from one of the compounding pharmacies we work with. You’ll then be set up for a follow up visit based on the doctor’s recommendation.

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. We truly are the last place you will need to look for your answers. Our solutions are as unique as you are; therefore having your labs drawn does not guarantee you’ll be placed on a hormone replenishment therapy.

Will Insurance cover HRT?
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?
All drugs will be shipped to you for convenience. 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.

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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.

Bio-identical Hormone replacement Therapy offers a number of health-related benefits:

 

What are the general benefits for men?

  • Increases muscle tone
  • Improves sexual libido & performance
  • Increase energy & improves blood flow
  • May reduce symptoms of depression
  • Improves memory & concentration
  • Reduces sleep disturbances
  • Protects against Heart Disease
  • Improves the skin’s elasticity
  • Encourages bone growth

What are the general benefits for women?

  • Helps eliminate or reduce hot flashes
  • Reduces risks of heart disease
  • Accelerates fat burning for weight loss
  • Reduces night sweats and insomnia
  • Enhances sex drive and libido
  • Protects against fibrocystic breasts
  • Helps improve memory and concentration
  • Prevents vaginal thinning & dryness
  • May reduce symptoms of depression
  • Increase energy & improves blood flow
  • Improves the skin’s elasticity
  • Guards bones from osteoporosis and encourages bone growth


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