Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Norristown, PA Philadelphia, PA

Note: Bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT)  is a emerging practice of medicine that offers amazing benefits.  Improving well being and quality of life for many patients.  Yet, few doctors are trained or offer this vital service.  No insurance covers the cost of BHRT.  Therefore, the cost of treatment by the few trained doctors is usually out of the reach for most who need it.  Vivify Medical is committed to offering this important treatment to all patients who want to improve their quality of  life as they age.  Our cost are significantly less and more affordable than other BHRT centers.  If you once considered BHRT but were deterred buy the cost contact us, and see the diffence Vivify Medical can make for you.

About Aging.

We have long considered that aging was an inevitable process of living longer. We have also accepted the results of aging to be normal and unpreventable. Declining quality of life, as a consequence of aging, was believed to be what’s expected for living a long life. Vivify Medical is committed to dispelling these assumptions. We can fight the aging process and not only prolong our lives but live a higher quality of life for as long as we live. Bio-identical hormone replacement, diet and exercise can prevent signs of aging for many of us.

Signs of normal aging include:

  1. Loss of mental function
  2. Decrease protein synthesis
  3. Frailness
  4. Increase susceptibility to fractures from falls
  5. Impaired mobility secondary to weakness and pain
  6. Decrease muscle mass and bone loss
  7. Osteoarthritis /joint pain
  8. Loss energy/ fatigue
  9. Menopause/ andropause

At Vivify Medical, we practice preventive medicine / anti aging medicine. Anti-aging medicine focuses on improving the quality of Life by preventing or slowing the symptoms of “normal “aging, preserving independence and overall good health. Anti-aging medicine attempts to preserve health and the quality of life with the use of Bio-identical Hormone Optimization. Diet, exercise and nutritional supplementation are also utilized for optimal health. The goal is to increase the duration of health and wellness as well as reducing the chronic and debilitation illness that comes from aging.

Anti-aging medicine is based on scientifically documented and peered reviewed treatment modalities. BHRT Optimization is the process of restoring essential hormones to serum levels of young adults. This prolongs independence, enhances quality of life, preventing morbidity and delaying mortality as we age.

Essential hormones are replaced to levels that control age related symptoms. Hormone levels are replaced to that of young adults and on some occasions it is necessary to increase levels to supra-physiological levels to eliminate symptoms.

Essential Hormones

 

TESTOSTERONETestosterone Hormone Treatment Norristown, PA Philadelphia, PA

Benefits both men and women by:

  1. Enhancing energy and mental clarity
  2. Improving sex drive
  3. Lowering blood pressure
  4. Decrease body fat
  5. Increases muscle mass and strength
  6. Improves cholesterol levels
  7. Increasing bone density and bone formation

At Vivify Medical, we use bio identical testosterone to optimize levels and improve symptoms and health. We offer various routes for replacement including Pellet Implantation.

Pellet Implantation

(Vivify Medical offers pellet implantation at our Norristown office only)

Pellets are an implantable medicine that contains testosterone, estrogen or estradiol. Hormone pellets are smaller than a “Tic-Tac®”. In a simple 10 minute in-office procedure pellets are placed under the patient’s skin in an area just above the buttocks (belt line). Pellets deliver consistent, healthy levels of hormones for 3-5 months in women and 4-6 months in men. They avoid the fluctuations, or ups and downs, of hormone levels seen with every other method of delivery.

There are many benefits associated with implantable pellets:

  • Pellets are safe and effective
  • Pellets are administered only every 4-6 months, eliminating the hassle of applying medicine everyday
  • There is no need for self-injection or the application of messy gels
  • Pellets provide a smooth release of hormone as opposed to the “saw tooth” (hormone levels up and down) effect that may occur with other medicines
  • The procedure is short and can be done as a lunch time procedure
  • Little to no pain or discomfort
  • Can be more affordable that other option of administration (cream, injection)

Testosterone delivered by a pellet implant, has been used to treat migraine and menstrual headaches. It also helps with vaginal dryness, incontinence, urinary urgency and frequency. In both men and women, testosterone has been shown to increase energy, relieve depression, increase sense of well being, relieve anxiety and improve memory and concentration. Testosterone, delivered by pellet implant, increases lean body mass (muscle strength, bone density) and decreases fat mass. Men and women need adequate levels of testosterone for optimal mental and physical health and for the prevention of chronic illnesses like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, which are associated with low testosterone levels.

Even patients who have failed other types of hormone therapy have a very high success rate with pellets. There is no other ‘method of hormone delivery’ that is as convenient for the patient as the implants. Pellets have been used in both men and women since the late 1930’s. There is more data to support the use of pellets than any other method of delivery of hormones.

Check out this video for a example of pellet implantation

(This video was not done at Vivify medical, it’s just to show how quick and painless the procedure can be done)

 

ESTROGEN

Loss of this vital hormone after menopause results in:

  1. Increased risk of cardio vascular disease
  2. Depression
  3. Urogenital atrophy
  4. Alzheimer’s disease
  5. Osteoporosic fractures
  6. Macular degeneration.

Recent studies show replacement of estrogen, when balance with Natural Progesterone, to be a safe and effective approach to treating these symptoms.

PROGESTERONE

Studies demonstrate, there is a very clear difference between synthetic progestin (provera) and natural (bio-identical) progesterone. Unlike synthetic progestins, natural progesterone protects against breast cancer, strokes, abnormal uterine bleeding, PMS, and depression.

MELATONIN

This essential hormone is the sleep enhancing hormone. It is responsible for regulating circadian rhythms as well as deep stages of sleep. Optimizing melatonin results in a more peaceful and restorative sleep. This is vital to keeping our immune system functioning at top performances. Melatonin does not cause day time grogginess that other sedating medications cause. Studied also show melatonin to be a potent anti-oxidant thus protecting against cancer (NEJM 1997)

THYROID HORMONE

It is a fact that thyroid levels decrease with age. Low levels (even within the normal range) can result in:

  1. Thin hair
  2. Fatigue
  3. Increase cholesterol
  4. Increase risk of heart disease
  5. Depression
  6. Heavy periods
  7. Weight gain

Vivify Medical optimizes thyroid hormone levels to control symptoms and restore health and well being.

PREGNENOLONE

Studies show that this essential hormone, which is call the mother of all hormones, improves memory and mental clarity.

DHEA

Improved immune response, increased sexual drive, and overall ability to cope with stress, as well as a sense of well being, have been reported in studies for those who have optimal levels of DHEA.

HGH (Human growth hormone) – a.k.a “The healing hormone”.

Aging results in significant loss of hormones. Growth hormone is necessary for a healthy adult life. Growth hormone replacement therapy, can help to prevent and treat the clinical syndrome of aging.

Aging and adult GH deficiency similarities:

  1. Increased cardio vascular morbidity and mortality
  2. Decreased muscle mass and bone mass
  3. Total and visceral fat increased
  4. Cholesterol increased
  5. Decreased quality of sleep
  6. Decreased quality of life

At Vivify Medical in Norristown and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania we give each patient a comprehensive evaluation and lab review before considering HGH replacement. We will only replace HGH in patients whose evaluation and labs show to be HGH deficient.

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is the largest and most abundant hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain (the gland that stimulates tissue growth). HGH is also a very complex hormone. It is made up of 191 amino acids making it fairly large for a hormone. Because HGH helps stimulate the body to grow, secretion reaches its peak during adolescence. HGH secretion does not stop after adolescence, but it does decline significantly as we age.

Growth Hormone is known to be critical for:

  1. Tissue repair
  2. Muscle growth
  3. Healing
  4. Brain function
  5. Physical and mental health
  6. Bone strength
  7. Energy and metabolism

For this reason, it makes sense that, as HGH declines with age, so do many of these functions. GH peeks at puberty and declines at age 21. At age 60 most adults have a total 24 hour secretion rates indistinguishable from those of hypopituatary patients with organic lesions in the pituary gland.

Vivify Medical in Norristown, PA specializes in Weight Loss Management , Bio–identical Hormone Replacement ( Anti Aging Medicine ), Non-invasive Body Contouring, Laser liposuction, cryolipolysis and Medical Grade Aesthetics : Botox , Dermal Fillers ( Juvederm and Restylane ), Mesotherapy ( Liquid Lipo ), Chemical Peels , and Microdermabrasion . We are also approved to prescribe the addiction medicine Suboxone and Subutex.

Since 2002 we have been improving the quilaty of life for our patients throughout Montgomery county ( Abington , Blue Bell , Bridgeport , Conshohocken , Fort Washington , Hatboro , Horsham , King of Prussia , Lansdale , Limerick , Main Line , Merion , Narberth , North Wales , Plymouth Meeting , Pottstown , Schwenksville , Skippack , Villanova , Wayne , Whitpain , Willow Grove , Wyndmoor , and Wynnewood ), the greater Philadelphia metro area, and Delaware.  Rapid Weight Loss Diets and Meal Replacement Programs.

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