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09/Nov/2021

Yet another common question we are asked is “What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.” 

Well, let’s break this question down into two parts, and look at the answer.

First, let’s explore Hormone Replacement Therapy (or HRT for short).  HRT has been around since the 1940s with the advent of Premarin.  Premarin is a combination of estrogens made from pregnant mare (as in horses) urine.  Early in its lifespan, Premarin was shown in short-term studies to help combat the bone loss associated with osteoporosis.  Then along came the 1960s with the advent of hormonal birth control pills.

These pills consisted of estrogen along with a synthetic progesterone called progestin.  As you can see, some of these therapies are organic in nature (like pregnant mare’s urine) while others are synthetic (like the progestins). Versions of all these substances combined to make up early treatments for Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Now, let’s fast forward to the modern-day.  Research has shown that taking synthetic hormones and even organic-based hormones like Premarin can lead to dangerous side effects such as blood clots or stroke.  Today, there is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (or BHRT for short).  What does that mean, “Bioidentical?”.

Bioidentical means that the hormones are chemically and structurally identical to the ones your body made when you were younger. 

To put it plainly, bioidentical hormones are fitting a round peg into a round hole, where traditional HRT (like pregnant mare’s urine) is fitting a square peg into a round hole.  I don’t know about you, but I would prefer the formula that actually fits the hormone receptors in my body so that I can get the most benefit from what I am taking…

Here at Hormones by Design, we specialize in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.  In fact, that is the only kind we offer.  Our licensed specialists can help you through the many symptoms you may be experiencing.  Feel free to call the office closest to you today!


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09/Nov/2021

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is the process of increasing the amount of hormones available for your body to use.  Here at Hormones by Design we use Bioidentical hormones.  Bioidentical hormones are the same structure and chemical makeup as the hormones your body produced when you were younger.  We can replace estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone for our patients.

However, what HRT does is so much more than just replacement.  Most women seek out hormone therapy when they begin to suffer from any of the following symptoms: hot flashes, night sweats, low sex drive, lack of energy, foggy thinking, mood swings, vaginal dryness, weight gain, hair loss, and much more.  These symptoms can be present both before and after menopause.  In fact, patients in our offices range in age from their 30s to their 80s.  It is never too early or too late to seek treatment if any of these symptoms are bothering you.

When you begin HRT, you should start to see these symptoms improve or go away completely in a few weeks.  By replacing your hormones, you are helping your body to function more like it did when you were younger.  In short, HRT can help give you your life back.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, I encourage you to seek out the help of a qualified specialist in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

We have offices in Waco, Boerne, San Antonio, and New Braunfels, Texas.  We want to help you get your life back.


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15/Oct/2021

Patients who are new to our clinic are often surprised to see that we sell vitamins (we refer to them as supplements) in all our offices. Well, we feel that supplements are an excellent natural treatment.

Here is why…

Believe it or not, there are many symptoms that can manifest due to vitamin or mineral deficiencies.  For example, patients who are constantly tired can benefit from supplementing their diet with a B-Vitamin complex.  There are many B-Complexes to choose from, but we would like to add that all vitamins are not created equal.

In general, the vitamins found in your local drugstore or grocery store are not high quality.  These are not strong enough to raise blood levels of B vitamins and are not even in the correct form for your body to absorb them.  The fastest way to check to see if you are taking the correct form is by looking at the Vitamin B12 in the complex.  You want your B12 to be in the form of Methylcobalamin.

However, most drugstore vitamins are going to be in the cheaper to manufacture form of Cyanocobalamin.   The good news, however, is that you cannot overdose on B vitamins.  They are water soluble, so any excess that your body does not use is simply eliminated in your urine.

Another typical symptom that we see is inflammation.  Inflammation can be pain in joints, muscles, or many other areas.  One typical deficiency that can add to inflammation is Vitamin D deficiency.  Most people know Vitamin D as the “sunshine vitamin”.  In reality, almost all of the population is deficient in Vitamin D.

Most of us work indoors and do not spend time outdoors without sunscreen or clothing that covers our skin.  In order to produce Vitamin D, the body requires regular exposure of the trunk (or mid-section of the body) each day…so, you would have to spend time outside in a bikini without sunscreen.

Supplementing Vitamin D can bring down levels of inflammation all over the body.  However, to reiterate, you must have a high-quality D supplement in the correct form for your body to absorb it.  Vitamin D is an oil-soluble vitamin, which means that you must have your blood levels monitored by a doctor to ensure your levels do not get too high.

Next in the lineup of symptoms is muscle cramps and restless legs.  We have patients that complain of muscle cramps during the day, and of course those who experience this at night.  Sometimes these muscle cramps and restless legs are due to a deficiency in Magnesium.  Magnesium is important for many functions in the body and helps with bone and teeth structure.

What most people do not realize is that Magnesium is a smooth-muscle relaxer.  Meaning that by taking Magnesium you may be able to eliminate muscle cramps and restless leg issues. Magnesium comes in multiple forms as well.  The Magnesium we are referring to here is di-magnesium malate.  If you are experiencing muscle cramps, you can try Magnesium supplementation.

The list of symptoms from vitamin and mineral deficiencies go on and on.  Most of our patients have some type of deficiency because let’s face it…no one eats perfect 100% of the time.  If you think you might have a deficiency, feel free to contact our office and arrange for testing.

If you are an established patient, just ask at your next visit about testing your vitamin levels.  If you decide to take a supplement, we recommend high-quality, pharmaceutical grade supplements like the ones we carry in our office.


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14/Oct/2021

Everyone who comes into our office has asked this question at least once, “How much does Hormone Replacement Therapy cost?”.  Well, the answer here is that it can vary.

There are some variables in whether or not you have health insurance, what type of therapy you elect to use, and of course, your budget.  The following details apply for women seeking hormone replacement therapy, before or after menopause.

First, let’s look at using your health insurance.  In our Hormones by Design offices, we do not accept health insurance for the office visit but will gladly use your health insurance for lab work once you are established as a patient.  Therefore, the cost for the office visit is usually around $100.

Labs can be sent to your health insurance if you like, or you may pay for them yourself.  We have exceptionally low lab prices.  You can see all of them at https://hormonesbydesign.com/hbd-labwork-waco/.

Second, you must consider the type of therapy that you choose.  The overwhelming majority of our patients choose monthly injection therapy.  This is where the patient comes into our office for a lab draw about 3 days before their scheduled appointment, the labs are sent off, and results come back by appointment time.

These lab results are then used to craft a combination of hormones into an injection solely for that patient.  For patients that choose injection therapy, the cost per month is included in the office visit, so it is generally only the $100 per month.  No matter what therapy you choose, progesterone is almost universally needed for every patient.

This is given orally via a prescription.  The cost of a progesterone prescription varies according to each patient’s insurance.  Typically, the cost ranges from $20 per month and up.

Lastly, you need to consider your budget.  Here at Hormones by Design we will always take your budget into consideration.  We don’t ever want a patient to feel that regaining a more youthful quality of life is not attainable due to cost.

There are many ways with which to do hormone replacement.  We want to work with you to find the therapy and the price that is sustainable for you.  We strive for amazing care at affordable prices.


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10/Feb/2021

Thyroid hormone replacement therapy is used to treat which of the following conditions?

A lack of thyroid hormone can cause a whole list of uncomfortable symptoms including:

  • weight gain/loss
  • hair loss
  • acne
  • drop in energy in the morning or evening (or both)
  • body aches
  • depression
  • and much more

At Hormones by Design, our licensed providers not only specialize in bio-identical hormones, but they also specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid-related issues.

Thyroid hormone can be replaced in several different ways.  Patients can choose from custom-compounded formulas or commercially available prescriptions.  Either way, replacing thyroid hormone can help eliminate the list of symptoms above and get your energy back!

Call and schedule your new patient appointment with us today and let’s get started making you…a more optimal you.

 


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24/Jan/2021

One common question we get is, “What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?” (HRT) Our reply is simply that it is what the name says. Your doctor is using prescription drugs to replace your body’s hormones.

What is in hormone replacement therapy?

This is the truly important question.  HRT can be accomplished with a variety of prescriptions.  Most physicians use synthetic hormones like those found in Premarin.  Premarin is actually made of pregnant horse (mare) urine.  So, it is not the same as what the human body requires.  Our physicians use bio-identical hormones.  This ensures that the hormones are the same molecular structure as the hormones your body makes.

How is hormone replacement therapy accomplished?

In other words, the patient wants to know how this therapy is administered.  Well, that is the choice of the patient.  Most of our patients chose our unique monthly hormone injections.  These are customized to the patient based on current lab results and patient symptoms.  Patients report feeling better faster and enjoy being able to change their dose if needed at their next appointment.

What hormones are used in HRT?

In general, female patients can receive Estrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone.  While male patients receive only Testosterone.

When do I need HRT?

HRT can start as early as necessary.  Symptoms can start in your 30’s and 40’s with what is called perimenopause.  This goes all the way up to your 50’s when menopause typically starts. Symptoms are generally the biggest indicator of your need for HRT.

Where can I get HRT?

A qualified doctor/healthcare provider must prescribe HRT.  Hormones by Design has a highly trained and qualified provider in each of its locations to serve your HRT needs.

Who needs HRT?

Both women and men can benefit from HRT.

Hormones by Design treats women and men with bio-identical hormone replacement.  We have locations in San Antonio, Boerne, and Waco, Texas.  Visit our website at www.hormonesbydesign.com.

 

 

 


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24/Jan/2021

You have finally reached menopause.  Your first thought is “Yeah!  No more periods!”, and then the symptoms of menopause hit.  You begin experiencing one or more of the following:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Lack of energy
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Foggy thinking
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain

These symptoms, along with lab work showing that your hormone levels are low, indicate that you are a candidate for starting Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Menopause does not have to be a miserable time in your life.  You could get back the vitality that you had in your 20s and 30s with Hormone Replacement Therapy.

At Hormones by Design, we recommend and utilize Bio-identical Hormone Replacement (BHRT).  BHRT uses hormones that are the exact same molecular structure as the hormones that your own body produced when you were younger.  Most of our patients opt for our unique monthly hormone injections.  This allows for a customized dose to address lab values and symptoms that the patient is experiencing.

Hormones by Design treats women experiencing the symptoms of menopause and even perimenopause (that comes before menopausal age).  We have locations in San Antonio, Boerne, and Waco, Texas.  Visit our website at www.hormonesbydesign.com.


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24/Jan/2021

Many people ask, “What kind of doctor prescribes Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?” The answer is somewhat general in that almost any kind of doctor can prescribe HRT.  There are Gynecologists, Urologists, Internists, and even Family Practice doctors that prescribe HRT.  However, that is not the most important thing that a patient should consider when choosing a doctor for HRT.

The most important thing is that the doctor specializes in HRT and has built their practice around it.  In other words, you want a doctor that does HRT all day, every day.  You want your doctor to have plenty of experience with HRT.  Some doctors have HRT “added” to their practice in the form of pellet therapy. Pellet therapy is not a fit for all patients.

The second most important thing is that the doctor uses Bio-Identical hormones in their replacement therapy.  Most doctors are trained to use synthetic hormones like Premarin that is made from pregnant horse (mare) urine.  You want to make sure that your doctor is using hormones that are the same molecular structure as the hormones your body made when you were younger (Bio-Identical).

Hormones by Design treats women and men with bio-identical hormone replacement.  We have locations in San Antonio, Boerne, and Waco, Texas.  Visit our website at www.hormonesbydesign.com.


There are hundreds of clinics attempting to treat hormone imbalance. What makes us different? We listen, then we take action. Our business model makes it possible for us to start your treatment on day one. Faster treatment = feel better faster.
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