What is Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy
Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy (NHRT) is the use of bio-identical hormones (estrogens, progesterone, and/or testosterone) to treat hormone imbalances and deficiencies. NHRT works to alleviate the symptoms of hormone imbalances and deficiencies that often occur in the body during and after menopause and andropause when estrogens, progesterone, and testosterone begin to decline.
Hormone Replacement/Optimization works to treat hot flashes, fatigue, loss of focus, weight gain, depression, loss of muscle mass, decreased sex drive, poor sleep, anxiety, osteoporosis, ED (erectile dysfunction) and many more symptoms.
It is important to note that many of the symptoms of menopause and andropause often decline a couple months to years without any treatment, but can improve after one to three months with Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Bio-Identical Hormones as a form of Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy
Your Wellness Center is now a part of a select group of physician practices with an advanced level training with the newly established Advanced Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (ABHRT) Certification Program. The medical staff at Your Wellness Center continues to strive to be on the forefront of hormone optimization research and this is another step in the path to helping the lives of our clients.
“Bio-identical hormones” are also known as bio-natural and bio-available hormones which are all acceptable versions of the same concept. All three forms of the term indicate that Your Wellness Center is using the same hormones that our bodies naturally make. It is natural for our bodies to gradually decrease the production of important hormones. In special cases such as women who have undergone a complete hysterectomy, the body is completely cut off of these hormones. The use of bio-identical hormones works to maintain the hormone balance and limit the symptoms that are seen with decreased production or elimination of these important hormones.
The chemical formula of bio-identical hormones is identical to the naturally occurring hormones produced or once produced in the body. The chemical structure, behaviors, and interactions with cell-surface receptors and other hormones are identical to those that naturally occur in the body.
How does Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy work?
If it is determined that hormone replacement therapy could be beneficial for you, an individualized hormone replacement plan is established with a provider at the first hormone replacement therapy appointment.
Most commonly, compounded hormone pellets are used to deliver the bio-identical hormones into the body. After the first pellet insertion, peak lab levels are drawn around 5 weeks. These lab results are reviewed with a medical provider to ensure appropriate hormone doses are prescribed. Recurring pellet insertions are scheduled every 3-6 months depending on your medical history.
At Your Wellness Center, the providers interpret lab results differently compared to conventional methods. The providers look to treat you and your symptoms, not whether or not your blood draw number falls within the “normal” range on a piece of paper. Every day, we see men and women who come in with “normal” lab results but are still experiencing a myriad of symptoms that would be associated with a “low” level. What that means to us at Your Wellness Center is that you are not part of this “normal” population and therefore shouldn’t be treated as such. At Your Wellness Center, the providers will work with you to improve your quality of life, bring your lab levels to the best optimal ranges possible and ensure that you are being treated as an individual, not just a number on a piece of paper.
How does the Pellet Therapy work with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement?
Pellet therapy is the use of delivering bio-identical hormones (size of a grain of rice) that are inserted typically under the skin of the fatty part of the buttocks. The pellets completely dissolve over a three to six month period leaving no residual effects under the skin. The medical provider uses a local anesthetic making the procedure very tolerable. A tiny incision is made and the pellets are inserted using a small insertion device. A piece of tape is used to close the incision and the whole procedure takes only a few minutes.
Costs associated with Hormone Replacement Therapy
On average women spend between $900-$1,200 per year on Hormone Replacement Therapy. This includes all provider visits, necessary blood work and any medications prescribed as part of the treatment plan. Men, on the other hand, will spend between $1,600-$2,100 per year for the same associated costs. There are no Membership Fees or Yearly Contracts at Your Wellness Center. We provide a “Fee-for-Service” program where you pay for the service as you receive the service.