Restoring Your Natural Hormone Function
Do you not feel as well as you used to? As well as you should?
No matter what your age – woman or man – it may be your hormones.
The first step in balancing your hormones is an appointment to review your medical history and current health concerns and feelings. During the appointment, our doctor will take a comprehensive medical history, discuss your main issues, and recommend next steps.
Bioidentical Hormones – Laboratory Testing
Testing varies greatly from person to person. Some need only a few specialty tests, while others need general medical testing as well. Our doctor will tell you during your medical history appointment what testing she would like you to have.
Test samples include blood, urine and or saliva. In most instances, we will do a blood test with Labcorp or Quest labs and additionally, you may collect saliva, or urine samples at home to give a full picture of your hormonal picture.
While few patients need multiple tests, the more complex your situation is, the more lab tests you will need. we also go one step further than most prescribing physicians. Bioidentical Hormones are the same chemical structure as the hormones you make naturally. Even though hormones are natural and bioidentical hormones match your natural hormones, we also have to detoxify our hormones in order for the body to be balanced. Our doctors often test the actual hormone detoxification pathway to evaluate how well you get rid of your used-up hormones before you embark on a bioidentical hormones replacement. This extra testing helps you and your doctor make the right decisions about the safety and efficacy of your treatment process.
Many patients also require follow up testing in 1-6 months. It is always a good idea for you to send us your lab test results from the past several years. This allows our doctor to provide you with better care, and usually saves you money as well.
Bioidentical Hormones – Test Results and Treatment Plan
When your results are back, you will receive a call to set your follow-up appointment. Our doctors then reviews your test results with you and explains their treatment recommendations. Our doctors typically recommends supplements and/or prescriptions, and instructs you on how to use them. They may recommend a phased approach, where you begin on certain supplements, check how you feel, and add other supplements or do additional testing later.
Bioidentical Hormones – Improving Bioidentical Hormones Treatment
Bioidentical Hormone prescriptions may be in the form of sublingual tablets, topical patches or creams, or oral tablets as well as BioTe pellet therapy. These are usually customized medications ordered from compounding pharmacies, but sometimes standard pharmaceutical prescriptions can be used. For more information about BioTe Pellet therapy click here.
Beyond Bioidentical Hormones – Other Therapies
Hormones are not the only answer and often to feel your best and improve your overall health, you need to go beyond treating hormone imbalances only. Bioidentical hormones with nutritional and lifestyle interventions can only improve your health. Our doctor may recommend additional nutritional or herbal supplements, or other prescription medications based on your unique bio-individuality. These can be obtained from Living well Dallas, or the local pharmacy and their cost varies.
Because hormone balancing is different for everyone, continuing follow up is very important. Some of your symptoms will be relieved immediately, but others will take longer. To keep getting better you need to tell the doctor how you are doing. You might need an adjustment in dosage, a different formulation or another test to track down issues that remain.
For this reason, most patients need several follow up appointments in the first few months. Due to the unique nature of natural hormone balancing,our physicians require a hormone follow up every six months once you have have been on stable hormone treatment.
There will come a time when your hormones are balanced and you are feeling great. Any supplements that you are still on at this point are probably ones that you will need to take for the long term. Remember that these supplements are biochemicals that your body needs to be healthy – either because of the demands of your lifestyle and environment, or because they are replacing substances that your body can no longer make.
If you are on a bioidentical hormones prescription, you will need to have your hormone levels checked every 6 months. Call sooner if your lifestyle or stress level has changed, or you feel out of balance again.
· BioIdentical Hormone Consultation
· NeuroEndocirne Evaluation
· Pain Management
· Depression/Mood evaluation
· Postural Evaluation
· Complementary Medicine techniques
· Optimizing healthy lifestyle
· Referrals to our other qualified allied health care practitioners
In order to manage your health, Our doctors may refer you to the nearest outpatient lab for blood draw. The client is responsible for payment to the lab if not covered by insurance. Call your insurance company prior to your visit to determine your payment options. It is helpful for you to bring any recent blood work and hormone evaluation you have already had done.
To be able to provide the highest quality outpatient services in serving our client’s needs, our doctors do not provide any inpatient services such as sick-care visits, surgery or other hospitalization. We will refer to qualified colleagues for these needs.
Please continue to have a primary care provider such as an internist, obstetrician-gynecologist or family physician to take care of routine medical needs, after hour emergencies and non gynecologic medication refills.
Our physicians have a client-centered approach that focuses on your own bio-individual needs, not those dictated by managed care and insurance companies. Therefore, Living Well Dallas medical providers do not accept any insurance or managed care policies. However, we will be happy to provide you with the appropriate receipts so that you may file for reimbursement.
For your convenience American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or personal checks are accepted. We also take Care Credit which enables our patients to finance care for 12 months interest free.
Confirmation and Cancellation of Appointments
Due to the overwhelming requests for consultations, there is a 48-hour cancellation policy, and your appointment must be confirmed at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled consultation. You may cancel your appointment by calling our office. If calling after hours, please leave a message. If you fail to cancel your appointment 48 hours before it is scheduled, you will be billed ½ of the appointment fee for failure to cancel.