Hormone Therapy FAQs

Are bioidentical hormones safe for everyone?

Bioidentical hormones are completely safe, but they should only be used under a board certified doctor’s supervision. This is not due to any problem with the hormones themselves, but rather it’s an issue of ensuring that patients are given the proper dosages of hormones.
To function properly, maintain a healthy metabolism, and give you the energy you need to get through each day with ease, your body needs to produce certain levels of hormones like estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, melatonin, and thyroid hormones. If your body is already producing the proper levels of these hormones, then you will not benefit from hormone replacement therapy. However, if you are like most people in their 30s, 40s, and beyond, your body will likely have slowed its hormone production, and you may be in need of hormone replacement therapy to continue to feel and look young and vibrant.
So, yes, bioidentical hormones are safe for everyone who needs them. While younger patients may still have higher hormone levels and good hormone balances, as we get older, our bodies could use some help keeping our hormones in balance. You can find out if bioidentical hormones are right for you with a free consultation at Juvia Med Spa.

Are bioidentical hormones safer than standard hormones?

In general, when prescribed and administered by a board certified doctor, standard (synthetic) hormones are not unsafe. However, bioidentical hormones have a clear advantage for your health over standard hormones. Because they are structurally equivalent to the hormones that your body produces naturally, they are more likely to work to reverse the symptoms and changes that you’ve noticed due to a hormone imbalance or deficiency.
Bioidentical hormones are safer than standard synthetic hormones in that they are far more effective. Furthermore, patients who undergo hormone replacement therapy with bioidentical hormones sometimes find that their bodies begin producing hormones again naturally, thanks to the boosted hormone levels during therapy. This is not a guarantee, but consider that bioidentical hormones are a much more natural treatment option.
They offer your body identical hormones to the ones that it was producing before, essentially fooling your body into looking and feeling younger without any sort of cosmetic surgery or procedure. While standard hormones may be safe, bioidentical hormones are better for your all-around better for your health and quality of life, which we consider a major safety and health benefit.

Are there any side effects of hormone therapy?

There are very few known side effects for patients taking hormone therapy, and these are generally linked to dosage and can be prevented or treated with proper monitoring. Basically, after undergoing hormone therapy for a period of time, your body’s hormone levels may show signs of improvement. If you continue to take hormone replacements at the same rate that you were before, this could result in some side effects associated with high hormone levels. Fortunately, though, with proper monitoring, your dosages can be adjusted, and you can begin to feel even better.
When you initially begin hormone therapy, you may also feel some physical and emotional changes. Testosterone therapy patients sometimes report increased instances of irritability or aggressiveness, as well as acne breakouts. Women beginning hormone replacement therapy sometimes report bloating, spotting, cramping, and/or breast tenderness. And some patients experience redness or itchiness around the injection site for their pellets. All of these symptoms generally dissipate after the first few weeks, but it’s important to keep us informed and let us know about any changes. This way we can help you with any side effects so that you can begin feeling better faster.

Do bioidentical hormones cause breast cancer?

No, breast cancer is not caused by bioidentical hormones. Unfortunately, though, this misconception has been around for over 25 years. It began when a study was halted due to increased cases of cancer and other chronic diseases amongst participants. However, that study did not use bioidentical hormones. In fact, a synthetic hormone – Prempro – was in use at the time. Furthermore, the majority of the patients in the study who suffered from these conditions were over 60 years old, and further studies showed that many of them had preexisting conditions and were unaffected by the hormone therapy performed in the study. Moreover, there are studies using bioidentical hormones to KILL cancer cells that are being conducted right now. Another study showed that bioidentical hormone therapy when given in pellet form can decrease the incidence of breast cancer by 50%.
Thus, you can see that the concern about bioidentical hormones and breast cancer is unfounded. The study which supposedly showed a link to breast cancer did not use bioidentical hormones, and the “link” was shown to very likely be spurious anyway. So, no, bioidentical hormones will not give you breast cancer. They are safe to use under medical supervision, and their ingredients are FDA-approved and regulated. You may be able to benefit a great deal from bioidentical hormone therapy, and there is nothing to fear from these treatments.

Do I have to come in every 3 to 4 months for testing?

Yes, it is important to stay up to date on your testing to ensure that you are getting the proper hormone dosages and that your hormones are in balance. If you have an underactive thyroid due to weight gain, for example, you may lose a significant amount of weight with bioidentical hormone therapy. As a result of your weight loss and increased metabolism, though, your body may actually begin producing more thyroid hormones on its own. If this happens, continuing to take the same amounts of thyroid hormone along with your other bioidentical hormones could actually be harmful.
Regular testing will help ensure that you have the right balance of hormones in your prescription and that your body is responding properly to bioidentical hormone therapy. It’s also safe, quick, and convenient. A quick blood, saliva, or urine test every few months could keep you feeling younger and more vibrant for years to come, as we’ll be able to keep up with your body’s progress and your individual hormone deficiencies to give you the best treatment possible.

How long until I see results using bioidentical hormones?

Again, this will depend a great deal on you, your needs, and the actions you take as a patient. Patients who are inconsistent with their visits and tests, and who do not regularly take their bioidentical hormones will not see results in the same time as patients who are highly consistent. Generally, however, patients feel better within two weeks.
If you are in need of thyroid hormones, for example, to help regulate your metabolism, give you more energy, and lose excess weight, you can help yourself by changing your diet and exercise regimens to complement your new, higher hormone levels.
At Juvia Med Spa, we will be happy to help you with all of the medically sound advice, recommendations, and support to help you see results as fast as possible from your bioidentical hormone therapy. Even if you do not take any other steps to improve your health and wellness, though, you will likely begin to see results within a few months.

How much will it cost me if I decide to start on a bioidentical hormone therapy program?

Patients interested in bioidentical hormone therapy almost always want to know how much it will cost them. After all, this is an ongoing treatment plan, and your insurance may or may not cover some or all of your costs. Fortunately, bioidentical hormone therapy is actually very reasonably priced and may be much more affordable than you might have thought.
Without assistance from your insurance plan, an individual treatment plan that’s completely customized to your needs may range from around $250 to $500 per month. This may decrease a great deal, depending on how many follow-up visits you need, the cost of lab tests, and/or how much your insurance plan covers.
On average, prescriptions may cost around $50-150 per month. Pellets range in cost from about $350 to $750 every 4 to 5 months, but keep in mind that you will only need a pellet injection every four to six months, depending on your specific needs.
Also, remember that the cost of bioidentical hormone therapy will generally be higher in the beginning, as you will need more monitoring and testing in this time to ensure that you get the perfect dosages for your needs. After this, you can expect to pay noticeably less, as you will not need as much attention or monitoring to maintain the correct hormone levels for your body. Furthermore, the cost of this type of treatment can often be greatly decreased with the right insurance plan.

How quickly does it work? When will I start to feel better?

Because bioidentical hormone therapy is a very individualized treatment, patients’ progress varies a great deal. Most patients start to see significant results and begin to feel much better within just a few months. Some patients report positive results even within the first few weeks, as well.
How long it takes you to feel better will depend a great deal on your needs and your hormone levels when you begin bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. For example, if you are beginning hormone therapy as a preventive measure because you are reaching the age when your hormone levels are beginning to drop, you may not notice a major difference. However, you will continue to feel energized and youthful, and your hormone therapy will begin to work immediately.
If, on the other hand, you have been experiencing negative symptoms and effects of hormone deficiencies for some time, it may take a few weeks or months for your body to fully react and adjust to your new hormone levels. You may not notice weight loss or increased energy levels for a few months, but once the effects of your bioidentical hormone replacement therapy begin to show, you’ll notice major improvements in very little time. And, the more consistent you are with your therapy and the more you comply with medical advice and recommendations, the faster you’ll see the results you want.

Is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy approved by the FDA?

If you’ve been reading about bioidentical hormones online or talking with friends about hormone replacement therapy, you may have heard or read the myth that bioidentical hormones are not FDA approved. This is actually a major misconception, as bioidentical hormones are made up of ingredients that are all FDA-approved.
Bioidentical hormones are made of ingredients derived from soy, yams, and other plants, all of which are natural and healthy. Furthermore, these ingredients are used in laboratories to design safe and effective hormone replacements that can be delivered in a variety of forms, including pellets, pills, creams, and others.
To ensure that each patient receives the proper dosages of bioidentical hormones, the ingredients for these hormone replacements are sent to a compounding pharmacy, where they can be customized to fit your individual needs.
Because of the extremely customized nature of bioidentical hormones – which is what makes them so effective – they have limited FDA approval and regulation. Standard synthetic hormones have more expansive FDA approval and regulation simply because they are standardized without any real customization available. It’s important to understand, though, that bioidentical hormones are safe and effective and that they do have limited approval and regulation from the FDA.

Is diet and exercise important?

Yes. Hormone therapy will help give you the energy that you need to get through the day without feeling sluggish or exhausted. It can also help improve your libido and sexual performance, and it can help you lose weight if you’ve had trouble shedding pounds due to a slow metabolism.
At the same time, hormone therapy is not a magic pill that will automatically cause you to shed those unwanted pounds if you have been living an unhealthy lifestyle. Diet and exercise are extremely important to maintaining a healthy body weight and getting the results you want, but hormone therapy can help with this a great deal.
For example, if you have a hormone imbalance, it may not matter how much you diet or how hard you work out at the gym. If a hormone deficiency is holding you back, all of that effort may be wasted. Furthermore, it may be extremely difficult to get the energy to even go to the gym if you have a hormone imbalance.
Once you start taking bioidentical hormones, though, you will likely notice a significant increase in energy and stamina. This will help you get motivated to do the things you need to do to live a healthier lifestyle. And, when you begin to see results, you will be even more motivated to stay on track.
If you’re interested in how hormone replacement therapy, diet, and exercise can help you, we’re here to help. At Juvia Med Spa, we offer medical weight loss and weight loss management services that have helped numerous patients shed fat to look and feel younger and fitter than they have in years.

Is hormone therapy safe?

Yes. Hormone therapy has been tested and practiced for many years now. Both standard and bioidentical hormone therapy treatments have been rigorously tested and have been proven to be both safe and effective. Bioidentical hormone therapy uses ingredients that are natural, safe, and FDA-approved. Patients with underactive thyroid glands and other hormonal imbalances and deficiencies have been finding major relief and seeing significant improvements in their health and wellbeing for decades, thanks to hormone therapy.

Should I stay away from bioidentical hormones if I have a family history of cancer?

No, there is no reason that you should avoid bioidentical hormone therapy if you have a family history of cancer. Bioidentical hormones have been in no way linked to cancer, and they are perfectly safe for patients who suffer from hormone deficiencies and/or imbalances.
That said, patients who have a family history of cancer should come to us at Juvia Med Spa for blood tests and analysis before beginning bioidentical hormone therapy. Our medical experts can evaluate your hormone levels and determine the proper dosages and types of hormones to promote the best results for your health.
Our services may be able to help with disease prevention and improved health, through bioidentical hormone therapy, help with your nutrition, and improved quality of life. If you have any questions about how your family history of cancer might affect your health now, and how you might be able to improve your chances of avoiding disease, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Juvia Med Spa today. We will be happy to schedule a free consultation and help you understand your best treatment options.

What Are Bioidentical Hormones?

Due to a number of factors – including age, environment, diet, and others – your body may not be producing enough of the hormones it needs to function properly. Hormone replacement therapy has been a good option for patients suffering from hormone imbalances for many years. Today, though, patients have an even better option – bioidentical hormones.
Bioidentical hormones are hormones that are exactly identical to the ones that your body produces naturally. As a result, because they are not synthesized the way that traditional replacement hormones are, your body will recognize them and use them faster and more effectively than it would with synthetic hormones.
While bioidentical hormones are created in a lab, they are structurally exactly the same as your body’s natural hormones. This means that if you are prescribed progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, thyroid hormones, or other hormone replacements, with bioidentical hormones your body will immediately respond, as if it had begun producing the proper amounts of these hormones on its own.
Bioidentical hormone therapy can help patients struggling with unexpected weight gain, low libido, anxiety, low energy levels, and other issues associated with hormone imbalances. With the right balance of bioidentical hormones, you could look and feel younger and healthier in very little time.

What are the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy?

There are relatively few known risks for hormone replacement therapy. Some people fear that taking hormones may increase patients’ risk of developing certain forms of cancer, suffering from a stroke, and other issues. These have largely been disproven, though.
While the risks of hormone replacement therapy are very small and largely unproven (or disproven), there are numerous benefits. For example, hormone therapy has been linked with a reduction in risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Patients who take estrogen have shown higher HDL (good) cholesterol levels and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Taking hormone replacement therapy has been shown to reduce the risk of a cardiac episode as much as 50%.
Hormone replacement therapy has also been linked with reductions in risks of other conditions, as well. Women who take bioidentical hormones are at a reduced risk for developing osteoporosis. Hormone therapy is also associated with a decreased risk of certain types of cancer, such as colorectal cancer.
In addition to potentially preventing a number of diseases and conditions, taking hormones can also help you maintain a healthy body weight, reduce instances of anxiety and depression, increase your libido, and help you look and feel younger and healthier. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us today at Juvia Med Spa to learn about these benefits and more.

What can I expect once I’ve become a patient?

When you opt to become a patient and receive bioidentical hormone therapy at Juvia Med Spa, we will first conduct a free consultation to help you determine the best course of treatment for your needs and goals. Under the supervision of our board certified medical director, we will order the blood tests and lab work necessary to determine your current hormone levels, any deficiencies you may have, and your needs in terms of hormone replacement.
At this time, we will also prepare you for any preparation you may need to do for your lab tests, which may include blood tests, as well as saliva and/or urine tests. After you take the tests, we will send them to the lab for evaluation, and once we have the necessary information, we will prescribe the proper dosages of bioidentical hormones for your needs.
You will also be able to choose what type of delivery system you’d prefer (e.g., pills or pellets). Then, once you begin taking bioidentical hormones, we will keep in touch with you to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your dosages. During this time, you should notice significant improvements in your energy levels, libido, and overall health and wellness.

What is hormone therapy for menopause?

During menopause, as a woman’s body starts producing lower levels of estrogen and progesterone, she will likely go through a series of unpleasant and sometimes unpredictable symptoms. These include hot flashes, night sweats, increased irritability, fatigue, anxiety, decreased libido, and others. Hormone therapy for menopause is designed to help women go through this change more comfortably with fewer, less severe symptoms.
Furthermore, women can continue to undergo hormone replacement therapy after menopause to maintain a higher metabolism, better libido, and other benefits. While the body may stop producing hormones at the same rate that it once did, you do not have to sit back and accept feeling fatigued, depressed, and anxious all the time. Instead, you can take bioidentical hormones to fight the effects of a post-menopausal hormone imbalance to continue to look and feel young and energetic for years.

What is pellet therapy?

Bioidentical hormone pellet therapy is an effective means of mimicking natural production of hormones in the body. These pellets are made up of bioidentical hormones, and they are injected under the skin every three to six months, depending on the dosage and the patient. In the time frame in which your pellet is active, it will slowly release hormones into your system.
Pellets are made up of bioidentical hormone ingredients, including testosterone and/or estradiol, and this method of delivery offers patients the option to feel as though their bodies are producing hormones naturally. With pellet therapy, you will never have to remember to take a pill or use a cream. Instead, you can just make an appointment whenever you need to get another pellet, and it will last for several months. Many patients report that they love how pellet therapy allows them a great deal of freedom while giving them better health and fitness without having to worry about taking a pill on schedule.

When should I consider bioidentical hormone therapy?

Have you noticed a change in your normal energy levels lately? Have you been gaining weight without changing your diet, or have you had trouble losing weight despite increases in exercise and a healthy diet? These are just a few of the changes that can occur in your body due to a hormone imbalance. If you’ve noticed these, or you’ve had an increase in depressive feelings or anxiety, or a decrease in libido, you should definitely consider bioidentical hormone therapy.
Even if you have not experienced these changes yet, though, you may still want to consider bioidentical hormone therapy. Men and women’s bodies often begin producing fewer hormones starting in their mid-30s to early 40s. Even if you have not yet noticed any negative changes, you might want to get tested and determine whether or not bioidentical hormones are right for you. If your body has started to slow down its production of hormones, you may be able to prevent negative symptoms like the ones we mentioned above simply by beginning bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Why do some women need hormone replacement therapy during menopause?

Leading up to and during menopause, many women experience moderate to extreme fluctuations in their hormone production. Not only that, but after menopause, hormone production may drop dramatically. This can result in a number of issues, including mood swings, weight gain, muscle loss, and even loss of bone density.
Bioidentical hormones can replace the estrogen and other hormones that women lose during menopause, and this can greatly reduce the occurrence of perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, anxiety, irritability, night sweats, and others. Estrogen and Testosterone replacement can also help women who have experienced decreased libidos leading up to and during menopause, which can help them improve their relationships with their partners and feel younger and more energetic, as well.
Of all of the symptoms that come along with an estrogen deficiency associated with menopause, osteoporosis is one of the most common and dangerous. Loss of bone density can lead to bones that break more easily and that do not heal as quickly as they did at a younger age. With bioidentical hormone therapy, though, you can improve your overall health and wellness while greatly decreasing your chances of developing osteoporosis and other hormone-related issues.

Will bio-identical hormone replacement therapy help my particular symptoms?

Bioidentical hormone therapy can help with a wide range of symptoms, including unexpected and unwanted weight gain, anxiety, depression, fatigue, exhaustion, hair loss, lack of libido, and many others. If your symptoms are due to a hormone imbalance, then, yes, bioidentical hormone therapy will almost definitely help alleviate them. It also helps prevent alzheimers disease, dementia, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and patients end up throwing away a lot of their medicines and just living naturally!
Some symptoms may not be related to a hormone imbalance or deficiency, but this does not mean that you cannot get help from us at Juvia Med Spa. Our medical experts can help you find the origins of your symptoms and help you understand the best treatment plans to address them.
Whether you are concerned about your weight and metabolism, you want younger and brighter skin with fewer wrinkles, you’re looking for the best way to lose weight fast without starving yourself, or you have other symptoms and issues that you’d like to deal with, we are here to help you. We offer a free consultation to all new patients, so you won’t be obligated to pay for any treatments if you decide not to continue with us. So call us today to get on the road to better health and wellness today!

Will I need blood tests?

Yes. Every patient is different, and thus bioidentical hormone therapy is different for every patient. A blood test will tell us what levels of hormones your body is producing and which hormones you may be lacking. When we identify any hormone deficiencies you have, we can then create the perfect prescription of bioidentical hormones to bring your hormone levels back up to normal.
Attempting to perform hormone replacement therapy without a blood test would be a long and potentially dangerous process of trial-and-error. Instead of putting you through all that, we will perform a quick blood test to assess your hormone levels and determine your needs. As you continue with hormone replacement therapy, we may perform more blood tests periodically to ensure that you are still receiving the proper amounts of the hormones that you need.

Some patients’ bodies begin producing hormones on their own again after a period of hormone replacement therapy using bioidentical hormones. If this occurs or if you have other changes in your body, you may need to have your hormone levels adjusted to ensure that your hormones remain in balance. Blood tests are quick and easy, and you can be sure that you’ll have the proper care at Juvia Med Spa.

Will I need to take these hormones forever?

This will depend a great deal on you, your body chemistry, your lifestyle, and a number of other factors. After taking bioidentical hormones for a period of time, some patients’ bodies adapt and begin to produce their own hormones again. This is more common with patients who’ve suffered a temporary hormone deficiency or imbalance, as in the case of some pregnancies, some types of cancer, and other conditions.
In other cases, a patient might have an imbalance due to certain lifestyle and fitness choices. If they change their lifestyle and make healthier choices, their bodies will often revert to producing the proper hormone levels. This is fairly common with people who’ve gained a significant amount of weight and whose thyroid glands are underactive. After they lose the weight, their thyroids tend to bounce back, and they may no longer need bioidentical hormone therapy.
On the other hand, some patients will need to take hormones indefinitely to help them regulate their hormone levels. If, for example, your thyroid gland has been removed due to hyperthyroidism, you will need to take thyroid hormones for the rest of your life to regulate your metabolism.
There isn’t a single answer to this question, unfortunately, but this should give you a better idea of whether or not you will need to take bioidentical hormones for a longer or shorter period of time.

Will my insurance cover bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Depending on your insurance provider and your plan, your bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may or may not be covered. Many insurance companies provide coverage for hormone therapy, but some do not automatically cover bioidentical hormone therapy. In this case, you may be able to manually file a claim to get coverage and/or reimbursement for the cost of your bioidentical hormone therapy afterward.
Even if your insurance plan does not cover bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, we highly recommend this treatment if you are in need of hormone replacement therapy. The cost of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is very reasonable, and you will feel a major improvement in your health, wellness, and quality of life.
When you visit us at Juvia Med Spa for a free consultation, we can help you understand your options for treatment, costs associated with bioidentical hormone therapy, and how much coverage your insurance may provide for your hormone replacement therapy. You may be surprised at how affordable bioidentical hormones can be and how much they can help you improve your health and wellness.

Will my weight change from bioidentical hormone therapy?

Your weight may change when you begin taking bioidentical hormones, but this will depend a great deal on your current hormone deficiencies. If you have an underactive thyroid, for example, you may have gained some excess weight unexpectedly. In this case, you will likely see your weight drop at least a little bit after you’ve been taking bioidentical hormones for a few weeks or months. Supplementing a deficiency in testosterone with bioidentical hormone therapy can also help your body burn more fat, which could result in weight loss, however it will also help you add muscle mass, in which case the weight may stay the same.
On its own, bioidentical hormone therapy may or may not result in noticeable weight change. If you are concerned about how to lose more weight without starving yourself or undergoing a stringent and difficult exercise regimen, you can visit us at Juvia Med Spa to discuss the best weight loss options for you. We will help you understand how bioidentical hormone therapy can help you with weight loss and how you can use other means to improve your weight, as well.

Will Natural Hormone Replacement/balancing therapy programs help my sex drive and function?

Yes. If you’re struggling with a decreased libido due to a hormone imbalance or deficiency, then the answer could be as simple as finding the right dosage of bioidentical hormones to naturally bring your hormone levels back into balance.
As we age, our bodies stop producing sex hormones and other hormones at the same rate that we once did. This often results in negative effects on sex drive and/or function, and it can cause problems with intimacy with your partner, as well. Fortunately, with some simple testing, we can determine which hormones are out of balance and what dosages you will need to bring them back into balance and restore you to your former youthful vitality.
Many patients notice improvements in sex drive and function within the first few months, and some even notice a difference within the first few weeks of treatment. So, if you’re concerned about your sex drive or you’ve been having difficulty performing sexually, call us at Juvia Med Spa today to schedule a free consultation. We can help you find the best treatment for your needs to improve your libido and your overall health and wellbeing.

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