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What to Look for in a Bioidentical Hormone Doctor
In your search for a bioidentical hormone doctor, there is a lot to consider when it comes to your health and wellbeing. Anti-aging clinics seem to be popping up on every street corner, but that doesn’t mean that all practitioners are equally qualified to prescribe hormone therapy. Balancing hormones is a delicate act that isn’t taught in medical school and requires more training than a quick weekend seminar. Advanced and ongoing education is necessary to truly understand the complexity of hormones, how hormones can convert once they are in the body and how they interact with all facets of the body.
Think of it this way: hormones work like a symphony in an orchestra, and all parts must be in sync to optimize performance. The orchestra is your body, and you’re the conductor. However, if one musician isn’t pulling their weight or jeopardizing the overall performance, they need to be replace. As the conductor, don’t you want the most qualified person for the job that understands the interrelationships and workings of a symphony? The same goes for hormone replacement. To get everything optimized and working in sync, you need the most qualified practitioner that fully understands the ins and outs of hormone balance.
Why Choose BodyLogicMD for Your Hormone Therapy Needs?
Practitioners within the BodyLogicMD network set the standard when it comes to being specially trained in hormone optimization. With over 60 practitioners nationwide, BodyLogicMD makes up the largest network of highly-trained practitioners specializing in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) and integrative medicine for both men and women. To join the network, all practitioners must complete over 200 hours of extensive training and pass both oral and written boards with the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine and maintain an active membership with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), in addition to being dedicated to ongoing education. So when you visit with a BodyLogicMD affiliated practitioner, you can rest assured knowing you’re in the hands of a top-tier professional.
Experience the BodyLogicMD Difference
To truly determine a hormonal imbalance, it all begins with testing. Unlike many other fly-by-night treatment clinics that just check testosterone levels, your practitioner will require comprehensive testing to be completed prior to your first appointment to get an accurate reading of your hormone physiology. In most cases, this consists of state-of-the-art blood and urine testing which thoroughly checks various aspects of sex hormone levels such as testosterone, estrogen, progesterone and their metabolism within the body, multiple thyroid hormone levels above and beyond your thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), human growth hormone (HGH) levels, insulin, vitamin D, and many more. With over 100 different levels and biomarkers examined through blood and urine testing, it’s hard to compete with our unparalleled attention to detail.
When patients come to BodyLogicMD, they often comment on how different the doctor-patient relationship is. Your practitioner is invested in your health and wellbeing, and that is apparent by the amount of time and attention they devote to you and your needs. Testing is completed prior to your appointment, that way when you come into the office for your consultation, your practitioner has already reviewed the results and can get to know you, your lifestyle, review your symptoms, medical history, lab results, and discuss how your life has changed since your symptoms began. During this time, you and your practitioner will develop a customized treatment plan that is unique to you and your needs, to help achieve hormonal balance and improve your overall quality of life.
At BodyLogicMD, the focus is on you.
Who Needs Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?
Hormone replacement therapy is often thought of as an innovative form of treatment for pre-menopausal women and women suffering from menopausal symptoms ranging from hot flashes and night sweats to weight gain and fatigue. And while bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, specifically menopausal hormone therapy, can add significant benefits to women’s health, it can add considerable benefits to men’s health as well.
BHRT for men has become increasingly popular over the years with the awareness of andropause (commonly known as “male menopause”) gaining traction and the advancements made in testosterone therapy for men. With male symptoms extending from erectile dysfunction and irritability to muscle loss and weight gain, many men have reported a renewed sense of confidence and improved health with hormone replacement therapy.
It’s also important to note that while bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has become increasingly popular, it's not just for the aging population anymore. Hormonal imbalances don't discriminate, and they can develop at any time throughout the lifespan. In fact, more and more men and women are experiencing symptoms in their 20's and 30's, years ahead of menopause and andropause. Often times, the cause of symptoms may be brought on by a multitude of intertwined imbalances stemming from testosterone, estrogen and progesterone sex hormones to thyroid hormones and adrenals, which conventional medicine often fails to recognize.
That is why when it comes to true wellness and optimal health, you need an expert in hormones – someone that understands the complexity and conversions of hormones, like the practitioners within the BodyLogicMD network.
Treatment with a Qualified Bioidentical Hormone Doctor
The human body is resilient. When you give your body the attention and support it needs, you can look and feel better because of it, and that’s why seeking out a highly-trained practitioner for hormone therapy is essential.
Practitioners that specialize in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy understand the importance of prescribing custom-made, compounded hormones over synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormones are natural hormones, compounded from plant extracts and created to mimic the hormones naturally made by our body. Synthetic hormones, on the other hand, are not structurally identical to our natural hormones and are often chemically-based and mass-produced, leading to an increased risk of developing potentially fatal diseases such a breast cancer and prostate cancer.
Many of these fly-by-night treatment clinics may claim to balance your hormones with one preferred form of treatment, but everyone’s body is different, and the practitioners in the BodyLogicMD network understand that and understand that a one-size-fits-all form of therapy is near impossible to abide by. That’s why at BodyLogicMD the preferred form of treatment is the treatment that is best for you. With treatment options varying in the form of hormone pellets, pills, creams, gels, patches, injections and more, you can be confident that your practitioner will work with trusted compounding pharmacies to create and deliver the most efficient form of bioidentical hormones for you and your body.