As we approach the middle of this year, it's a great time to take stock & reevaluate our health goals which can include evaluation for hormone deficiency!
At Modern Gynecology & Reproductive Health, we are continuing to expand and improve our hormone services.. Dr Lacy has extensive experience in all types of hormone supplementation and is skilled and enthusiatic about helping you optimize your personal hormones!
What is Hormone Optimization?
Hormone optimization management is a fresh, comprehensive approach to some very common problems. The concept is to help you feel like a better, more energetic, healthier version of yourself. At Modern Gynecology & Reproductive Health, we focus on using hormone pellet therapy and compounded hormones to create a unique approach to hormone management for both men and women.
But, isn’t it normal to have some issues with hormones?
I think that we all think of “hormones” when we are feeling a little moody or are having night sweats/hot flashes. But hormone deficiency is much more widespread and problematic than most of us realize. I had to learn to re-think my approach to hormone management after 20 years of providing care.
Simply put, this method combines optimization of “T” – Testosterone and “E” – Estrogen as well as Thyroid hormones and supplements. In many cases, we also add natural Progesterone as well. Men and women both lose testosterone throughout their lives and testosterone affects every organ system.
Well, can’t I just work on feeling better on my own?
Who hasn’t resolved to feel healthier? We tell ourselves to:
- “eat better”
- “get more sleep”
- “do more exercise”
- “take some vitamins”
All of those things will help, but having optimal testosterone & estrogen will help you do all of those things more effectively and see better results. The list of symptoms that are connected to hormone deficiency is long:
- Poor sleep
- Decreased energy
- Poor libido
- Brain fog
- Poor concentration
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
How are "Bio-Identical Hormones" different?
Our method predominantly uses bio-identical hormone pellets that are injected under the skin where they are gradually absorbed over several months. In some cases, we use compounded topical hormone creams that are made specifically for an individual patient's needs.
The term “bio-identical hormones” has been somewhat controversial over the years. Bio-identical hormones are designed to be just like your natural hormones without unnecessary and harmful by-products, and hormone pellets are manufactured under the strictest standards and under FDA regulation, which is not the case for all hormone therapies. It is VERY important to have hormones measured accurately (from a blood draw) and to work with a health care provider that has experience with hormone management. There is a large amount of scientific evidence to show that taking hormones in pellet or topical form is safer than taking hormones by mouth. The risks that we have come to worry about, breast cancer and thromboembolic events are the most concerning, are not as significantly increased with hormone pellet therapy.
Do you think that this could help me?
Many people, of all ages, can benefit from hormone optimization. The lab bloodwork checks for hormone levels as well as extensively for kidney and liver function, blood sugar, thyroid function and vitamin deficiencies. Many of these issues do not show symptoms until they are severe. I personally discovered that I had an autoimmune thyroid problem, an issue that is not easily identified.
The first step is to have a conversation and get your bloodwork checked. There may be a happier, healthier version of you just waiting to be unlocked!
Check out Dr. Lacy's YouTube videos for more information!