what are bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical Hormones are manmade hormones derived from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to those the human body produces. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are among those most commonly replicated and used in treatment.
These hormones come in various forms, including pills, patches, creams, injections, and pellets. Each delivery method has their own unique benefits. Our physician will tailor your treatments and will recommend the best method to fit your needs.
What are the benefits of hrt?
Our physician will design a personalized treatment program based on lab testing and symptoms to help balance your levels and put you on the road to a happier and healthier life. Some of the benefits of hormone replacement therapy include: increased energy levels, improved quality of sleep, restored and increased libido, restored hair loss, increased mental alertness and cognitive function, normalized weight, boosted metabolism, decreased body fat, regained skin elasticity, reduced depression, anxiety, and irritability, eased joint pain, decrease in hot flashes and night sweats, regained muscle tone, and reduced risk of bone fractures.
What are the side effects?
There are some risks associated with using Hormone Therapy. These risks depend on the type of hormone therapy prescribed, the dose, how long the medication is taken, and your individual health risks. In most cases, these side effects are mild and don’t require you to stop your hormone therapy. If your symptoms are bothersome or are progressing, our physician may adjust the dosage or form of hormone therapy to help reduce the side effects. Never make changes in your therapy or cease taking it without first consulting the physician.
Who shouldn't do hrt?
You should not use HRT if you:
- Think that you are pregnant
- Have problems with vaginal bleeding
- Have had certain kinds of cancers
- Have had a stroke or heart attack
- Have had blood clots
- Have liver disease
is it safe?
Yes, hormone replacement therapy is very safe. We only use hormones from FDA-regulated 503a compounding pharmacies. HRT has been used for decades to treat symptoms and manage hormonal imbalances. All hormone programs are developed and overseen by Dr. Mayra Thompson and our medical board.
Who administeres the pellets and inejctions?
All pellets and hormone injections administered in the clinic are given by Dr. Mayra Thompson or a registered nurse. All nurses have been trained by Dr. Thompson and operate under guidelines and protocols developed and approved by Dr. Thompson.
do i need to book a consult?
Yes, all hormone programs begin with a 60 minute consultation with Dr. Mayra Thompson. Dr. Thompson will review your lab results as well as your personal health and family health history to verify your eligibility for HRT and get you started on a personalized program.
Do the pellets hurt?
Pellets require a small incision for insertion. Our staff will apply a local anesthetic and will make you as comfortable as possible. The site may be sore for a day or two, but the pellets themselves should not cause any pain or discomfort. You may have slight bruising at the site afterwards, but any other pains that may arise, please call us and our nursing staff will answer any questions.
How long until i see results?
This will depend on a number of factors, including your goals, your current symptoms, your health, and your current levels. Dr. Thompson will thoroughly analyze your health at your initial consult and will go over timelines with you. HRT is a proven treatment option, but not every case is the same. Please be prepared to ask Dr. Thompson any questions you may have and she will be glad to help.
how long do i have to do hrt?
In general, there is no time limit to how long you can or may take hormone therapy. Our physician will work with you to prescribe the lowest dose of hormone therapy that will work for you, and will continue to monitor your levels and reevaluate your treatment plan as you continue with hormone therapy.
Please do not adjust your dosage or cease taking therapy without first consulting with our physician.
If you develop a new medical condition while undergoing hormone therapy, please follow up with us and our physician will set up a consult to discuss if it is still safe to continue with hormone therapy.
what else can i do to help hormonal imbalances?
Along with hormone therapy, your personalized treatment plan may include vitamin infusions and injections, oral supplements, gut health optimization, and lifestyle changes like sleep, stress, exercise, and diet. Depending on your symptoms and health history, our physician may recommend additional bloodwork to test for deficiencies of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids in the body. These nutrients help the endocrine system function properly, and even form the building blocks of naturally produced hormones.
Do i have to book a consult first?
No, consults are not required to book an IV, shot, or lab draw. A brief consultation may be required prior to Ozone infusions. Our staff will notify you if you need to come in early for your first Ozone. If you have signed up for custom infusions, we will call to you schedule a brief consultation to go over your lab testing results, custom therapies, and recommended schedules.
are there any intake forms?
If you are a new client to Vitalife, you will be asked to fill out a brief health questionnaire, our liability waiver, and our terms & conditions when you sign up for an account online using our booking portal. If you call us, we will take your information and send you the forms electronically to fill out prior to arrival. We will also send you a hormone consult intake form to complete prior to your consultation with Dr. Thompson.
do you accept insurance?
Unfortunately, insurance is not accepted. The field of preventative medicine is evolving, and we are hoping to find solutions to allow for insurance billing in the future.
Do you accept hsa, fsa, or care credit?
We do currently accept Health Savings Account and Flex Spending Account debit cards. We do not currently take Care Credit, but have requested authorization as an approved practice for Care Credit.