Dr. Kelly Parcell has been trained in Bioidentical Hormone replacement therapy and is known for expertise in hormone replacement. She works closely with Dr McCowen to ensure true integrative approaches to BHRT for patients. Why do bioidentical hormone replacement? Testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and DHEA diminish as we age and contribute to the decline in physical functioning and quality of life as we age. These hormones can be replaced to help slow aging but its important to do it right.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is used to help treat symptoms of menopause, perimenopause, premature aging, osteoporosis and post-menopause.
Bioidentical hormones are hormones that have the same molecular structure as the hormones produced by our bodies. They are extracted from plants in the laboratory. Synthetic hormones are also synthesized in a laboratory but do not have an identical structure to the hormones our bodies make. As bioidentical hormones mimic the hormones that our body produces naturally, the side-effects often associated with synthetic hormones are drastically reduced if not eliminated completely.
The doses of bioidentical hormones are also individualized based on deficiencies found via testing, whereas synthetic hormones tend to be a “one size fits all” dose. The doctor may prescribe troches, tablets, creams, vaginal suppositories or pellets depending upon your needs and desires.
We utilize laboratory testing as well as detailed health history to assess what hormones to recommend. Tailoring hormones to a woman’s needs is an art, and it can take up to a few months to find exactly the right dosage/combination. We typically utilize blood testing, but also have access to urine testing and salivary testing. We partner with compounding pharmacies that we trust and know use the best quality substrates and delivery methods to provide men and women with optimal results. If you would like to try a natural solution to hormone replacement therapy without the hazardous side effects, contact us.