Testosterone is a hormone produced in both men and women that is mainly responsible for maintaining normal sexual function. However, it can also influence energy, muscle mass, strength, and mood.
Estrogen is a hormone produced in both men and women that is mainly responsible for reproduction capabilities. However, it can also influence memory, body temperature, energy, bone density, and mood.
Progesterone is an important hormone for women as it regulates their menstrual cycle. Lack of progesterone can lead to swelling, inflammation, and wrinkling.
Bioidentical hormones are produced by plants and mimic the hormones produced by the body. They are a safer alternative to synthetic hormones since they work in the exact same way as the body’s own hormones.
Bioidentical hormones can help control the side effects of aging such as loss of energy, sexual dysfunction, weight gain, decreased mood, and more.
Some of the most common symptoms of hormone imbalance in men include: erectile dysfunction, low sex drive, depressed or irritable mood, fatigue, issues with concentration and memory, loss of muscle, and weight gain.
Some of the most common symptoms of hormone imbalance in women include: hot flashes, vaginal dryness, night sweats, itchy skin, depression, weight gain, headaches, fatigue, loss of memory, and low sex drive.
Yes, of course. As both men and women get older the unique balance of hormones in their body becomes disrupted. This change in the normal balance can be caused by menopause in women and andropause in men.
Both of these processes occur naturally while people age and can cause many of the symptoms you might be feeling.
First, the doctor starts by looking at a full blood panel. The full blood panel is able to tell him about your hormone levels, and if they are too low or high. The doctor also looks at your medical history and discusses your symptoms with you. A combination of all of these things is used in diagnosing a hormone imbalance.
Every person’s body, and their hormones, are different. While the doctor may notice common trends in the medical information used to make a diagnosis, he/she is also willing to work on developing a unique course of treatment specific to your diagnosis.
Yes. People of all ages can experience a hormone imbalance. If your symptoms begin affecting your daily life, then it is best to speak with a doctor about changing your health and lifestyle.
The first appointment in the diagnosis process is the blood draw. A certified phlebotomist will simply take blood and send it to the lab for a full panel test. This appointment generally takes 15 minutes. During this appointment, you’ll also meet your Patient Advocate who will be assisting you throughout the process.
The second appointment in the diagnosis process is the doctor consultation. During this time, you and the doctor will meet to review your lab work, symptoms, and medical history. This generally takes 30 minutes.
Once you have spoken with the doctor, he/she will give the diagnosis and recommendations to your Patient Advocate. Afterwards, you will work with the Patient Advocate and the doctor to develop a unique treatment program that works for you.
The symptoms of hormone imbalance can be treated in a variety of ways, depending on the person’s lifestyle and symptoms. Treatment can include injections, creams, or pills. Treatment can also be combined with various ancillary items, such as weight loss pills and vitamins, if the patient desires a maximum health and lifestyle change.
No, there is no magic to one treatment over another. If used properly, the various forms of treatments yield great results. If you are not comfortable with injections, there are other options such as pills and creams.
Of course. People who are on the go all the time are still eligible to participate in treatment. The doctor can accommodate your busy lifestyle by prescribing treatment methods that are easy to travel with.
Treatment can last as long as the patient and doctor are comfortable. If you are experiencing great results, the doctor will want to keep updated on blood work and ensure that treatment is working right for you.
No. Injections and treatment can be done from the comfort of your own home, unless you feel better doing it at the clinic. The only thing that requires coming to the clinic is regular blood work, so that the doctor can monitor progress.
Generally, most treatment programs last 20-weeks because that is the optimum time to see results. The dosing is based upon that 20-weeks but can vary if a patient goes a different route. Most injections and pills are done twice a week. Most ancillary items, such as vitamins or weight loss pills, are taken daily.
We do not process insurance internally at Affinity. However, we can provide you with the necessary information to submit to your insurance company if you choose to do so. Some insurances may cover various costs for the treatment we provide.
Affinity offers many treatment packages based on your personal health goals. The average cost is between $250.00 to $325.00 per month. Our Patient Advocates can work on developing a treatment plan that fits both your budget and health needs.
We are currently open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays as well as Wednesday evenings and alternating Saturdays. Affinity aims to accommodate every patient’s schedule. If you need remote lab work, a night appointment, or a weekend appointment we are happy to work on scheduling it for you.
There are various ways that our patients pay for treatment. You can either pay in full or set up a payment plan with your Patient Advocate. Any billing questions or changes are handled are professional staff who are happy to assist in finding a payment method that works best for you.
Of course! We welcome you to come by Affinity anytime during our open hours. If there is something you need during closed hours, our Patient Advocates are available 24/7 to assist.