I’m talking to you today about the Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Program. Hormones are important at any age, but certain levels of hormones do tend to decline in our bodies as we get older. Typically, what happens as these hormones decline is you get older, fatter, sicker, slower, and stupider, and nobody really wants that to happen. So if we were to try to top these hormones up to more youthful levels, this could improve your productivity, your vigor, and your sense of wellbeing.
So what does the word “bio-identical” mean? All this means is that we are using the exact same hormone that is identical to what is already in your body. Bio-identical just means identical to life. We don’t use a synthetic analog or a mimic of that hormone, we use the actual hormone. This is important because a mimic of a hormone does not exactly act precisely the same as the real thing. Imagine trying to fit a key in a lock. If you don’t quite have exactly the right key, you might be able to jimmy the lock open, but it’s not exactly the right fit. So we use Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement here at Pagdin Health.
A number one question that people ask is, “is this safe?”. Well, there’s no such thing as a perfectly safe hormone, so it is important that you would always be informed about what possible side effects to watch out for. It’s possible that we might overdo it and cause a little bit of side effects, in which case we need to carefully monitor your blood levels, monitor your symptoms and make adjustments to the dose as we go along.
One of the chief concerns of my patients is to know whether BHRT is safe. Well, provided that you are carefully monitored by an experienced clinician who knows how to manage bio-identical hormones, yes, these things can be safely done indefinitely.
Initially, when you are enrolled in the Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Program here at Pagdin Health, you will fill out a fairly comprehensive health questionnaire that addresses all of the symptoms you may be faced with. Then we carefully craft a set of lab investigations targeting that specific list of symptoms. Once we have the lab results back, we will spend quite a bit of time with you going through these test results line by line. I want you to understand the significance of these numbers, what the normal range is. We don’t want you to fall just anywhere in the normal range, we want you to be at the optimal end of the spectrum. So bio-identical hormone replacement really is about optimizing your health moving forward.
Now, we may intervene with some supplements or some hormone prescriptions, and then we would want to re-evaluate your labs at approximately three months intervals. Each of your follow up hormone visits in the first year would be approximately 30 minutes. That includes time for us to go over the results with you and discuss any changes to your prescription, but also time for the physician to then prepare the lab requisitions and prepare the prescriptions in time for your next visit.
In the second year, we typically would move you over to our maintenance plan where your checkups would be approximately 15 minutes every three months or so.
Within just a few short weeks of getting started on our Hormone Replacement Program, many patients report to me that they feel a wonderful transformation and they have reported to me that I’ve given them their life back!
So if you’re feeling that you would like to age optimally, please give our office a call for some further information about our Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Program.
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