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What is hormone replacement?

Hormone replacement is the administration of hormones to replace the ones your body stops making or makes in reduced amounts as you age.

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What are the risks of hormone therapy?

The biggest concern from early research on hormone therapy was a slight rise in heart disease, breast cancer, and stroke for women who had gone through menopause and were taking a combination of estrogen and progestin. However, the results were not clear, and other studies have not demonstrated the same findings. Hormone replacement can raise your chance of blood clots, stroke, breast cancer, and endometrial cancer if you take estrogen without progesterone and still have your uterus. The benefits of hormone optimization with a qualified medical professional outweigh the risks for most.

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What are the benefits of hormone optimization?

Hormone optimization can reduce the symptoms of menopause, combined estrogen and progesterone may reduce the risk of colon cancer, estrogen may decrease your risk of heart disease when started early postmenopausal, estrogen may protect against osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia risks may decrease. Hormone optimization can also increase sex drive and function, increase lean muscle, improve sleep quality, decrease cholesterol levels, improve mood, improve energy, improve focus and memory, decrease visceral fat, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

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Is hormone therapy covered by my insurance?

We do not bill your insurance, as additional time outside of your appointment is required to review your case and create an individualized treatment program. We can provide you with a superbill for you to submit to your insurance company. However, your insurance will not cover many tests and treatments.

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Am I a good candidate for hormone optimization therapy?

Unfortunately, hormone therapy is not for everyone. If you have a history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, prostate cancer, blood clots, stroke, liver disease, or unexplained vaginal bleeding, hormone optimization may not be for you.

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How do I get started with hormone therapy?

 

First, decide on a hormone program that meets your needs. You can read more about the programs we offer HERE. Then, easily schedule your initial consultation online HERE.

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What should I expect during hormone optimization therapy?

We provide detailed consultations and comprehensive blood work to optimize your therapy. Your lab results and symptoms will help us understand your hormone needs to restore them to optimal function. We will then prescribe the specific hormones that need to be restored. We will closely monitor your symptoms and hormone levels during the first few months of therapy and make adjustments as needed. Once we are both satisfied with the effectiveness of your program, you can have less frequent checkups.

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What is included in the cost for a consultation?

The initial consultation includes your first visit, where we will discuss your health history, symptoms, and goals for treatment. There is a separate charge for a comprehensive panel of labs and the first follow-up visit, where we will review your labs and discuss your hormone plan. The cost of medication or supplements is not included.

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How does low testosterone affect men?

Testosterone is responsible for the growth and development of certain male organs and maintaining some masculine characteristics. Men with low testosterone levels often experience a decrease in libido and energy, loss of mental clarity, difficulty concentrating, emotional changes, increased hair loss, loss of muscle mass, and an increase in body fat.

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What happens if I stop the program?

If you stop the program, you may see a slow return of your previous symptoms.

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What if I am not a candidate for hormone therapy?

Don't worry. There are many ways you can safely and naturally balance your hormones. Check out our coaching programs for more options.

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How long do I have to continue therapy?

You should give your therapy program at least six months to see significant benefits. In some cases, you should continue therapy for as long as you want to enjoy the benefits.

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Can women benefit from testosterone replacement?

Yes! Women do produce testosterone, and women of all ages can suffer from low testosterone. While considered a "male" hormone, testosterone plays an important role in many female body functions.

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How does low testosterone therapy work?

Clients with low testosterone levels will receive replacement through injections into the muscle or fat tissue. We instruct you on administering the injections yourself instead of having to come into an office.

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Does it work for everyone?

Hormone therapy works for most. However, there is no guarantee. Depending on your program, it can take a few weeks to months to see results. We work closely with you to find the optimal solution. If we cannot, we will refer you out.

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Can I change hormone programs after I already started?

Yes, if at any time you want or need to change from the testosterone replacement to bioidentical hormone optimization or vice-versa, you can do so.

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How long does it take to work?

Some will experience immediate benefits, while others may need weeks to months to fine-tune their results. Your program will be specifically designed for you, with monitoring along the way and adjustments made as necessary.

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Who should consider hormone optimization therapy?

If you are healthy and experience moderate to severe menopausal symptoms, stopped having periods before age 40, have lost bone mass, or experiencing any of the symptoms of hormone imbalance, you should consider hormone therapy. You can also take our free hormone quiz to see if you would be a good candidate.

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What if I do not live in Oregon?

We can currently only accept Oregon residents into our hormone programs. We hope to expand into other states soon, so stay tuned! Our virtual coaching services are available to non-Oregon residents.

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When is a good age to start?

Once the body starts to produce fewer hormones naturally, it is a good idea to begin paying close attention to it. Typically around 30, hormone production starts to decrease, with clients noticing the hormone changes in their mid-thirties.

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