Hormones & Sexual Health

Hormones

Anxiety, depression, insomnia, weight gain, brain fog, decreased libido and more are symptoms that could be due to hormone imbalance but are not frequently noted by your medical doctor. Instead, your physician may prescribe antidepressants, sleep aids, diet pills or ADHD medication… imagine ditching all the drugs that manage symptoms and instead changing the cause! Symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, mood changes, thinning skin and hair, and weight gain can also be completely eliminated with hormone optimization. Even more important than correcting symptoms is improving our ability to resist the common diseases of aging. Loss of estrogen has been shown to increase our risk for heart disease, colon cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes and other serious health consequences. In men, lower levels of testosterone are always present in the onset of prostate cancer. Low testosterone is also implicated in the infamous “pot belly” that unfortunately often accompanies middle age and beyond. It isn’t just too much beer that can cause this increase in fat. Increased belly fat is associated with heart disease, diabetes (and difficulty seeing what you are doing when tying your shoes!) Why let decreased hormones age us unnecessarily?

Even younger girls often need hormone help – although in this case we are simply talking about progesterone. Birth control is not bioidentical progesterone! Progestins are the typical pharmaceutical form of progesterone found in birth control. They do NOT provide the same health benefits as natural bio-identical progesterone. Progesterone will decrease the buildup of the uterine lining which in turn lessens the amount of flow during your period. It also decreases the incidence of uterine fibroids. Progesterone is the ZEN hormone – when you have the right levels you will feel happy and calm. If your levels are too high or too low, your claws come out or you will find yourself weepy and sad. Perfect your levels and say goodbye to the bitch from hell that accompanies PMS! Another fantastic benefit of natural progesterone is during our reproductive years. Progesterone is the hormone that helps to maintain a pregnancy. If you have difficulty maintaining pregnancy or getting pregnant, or if miscarriages run in your family, progesterone may help. High levels of progesterone during pregnancy and afterward will also prevent the post-partum blues. Progesterone is safe, effective and beneficial from the time you begin puberty throughout your life if you are a woman!

What Exactly Are Bio-Identical Hormones?

Hormones are chemical substances produced by special glands in the body. These chemicals help regulate the functions of certain cells or organs. The thyroid hormones, for instance, play a major role in the metabolism and development of the body. Estrogen is another type of hormone. Its roles include developing female secondary sex characteristics. It also regulates a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Elevated or low levels of hormones such as thyroid and estrogen can potentially have some serious effects on your day to day activities. This is where bio-identical hormones come in.

Bio-identical hormones are artificial hormones with structures and functions similar to the hormones produced by the body. They undergo testing to ensure their safety and purity. This is different than prescription drugs, which must be altered from the natural chemical make-up in order for a pharmaceutical company to patent them. Pharmaceutical hormones often have deleterious side effects and simply do not give you all the same benefits of natural bio-identical hormones. Unlike synthetic sources, bio-identical hormones most closely resemble the chemical structure of our natural human hormones.

How Are Bio-Identical Hormones Administered?

There are multiple ways to administer bio-identical hormones. These include pills, gels, patches, shots, and implanted pellets. During the course of treatment, bio-identical hormones optimize the hormone level. This leads to symptoms improving over time. After treatment, you may experience more energy, an improvement in mood, and more regular periods. Doses, however, may need to be adjusted to make sure you achieve your goals according to your plan.

How We Do Bio-Identical Hormone Optimization

At Enid Live Well, we perform BHRT or bio-identical hormone optimization to help you a full, healthy life. We administer different types of bio-identical hormones, including:

  • Thyroid
  • Testosterone
  • Progesterone
  • Estrogen

Our doctors perform extensive lab work and thorough patient evaluations to determine the nature and dose of hormones to replenish for you. From there, they will create a personalized treatment plan for you.

At our medical spa, some patients prefer taking hormone pellets over pills. One main benefit of hormone pellets is that they can eliminate or reduce the mood and energy fluctuations often associated with oral medication. Hormone pellets are also low-maintenance; once inserted, their effects last longer than pills or creams, and there are no risks of missing doses.

Hormone pellet administration is a quick, in-office procedure. A professional will implant the pellets, which are smaller than a grain of rice, under your skin, usually near the hip or on the buttocks. Once inserted, the pellets will release small amounts of thyroid or progesterone hormones directly into the bloodstream.

The procedure is virtually painless. Our team uses a local anesthetic before making a small incision in the skin and using a trocar to implant the hormone pellets.

Take better control of your health as you age. BHRT won’t reverse aging, but it will help your body maintain sound levels of hormones and potentially improve your overall health and wellness.

Compounding pharmacies can make the exact dosage of bio-identical hormones specifically for you. Our doctors will review your lab work and symptoms and scrupulously work to find the exact dosages to change your life for the better. This is often a good place to start if you are considering hormone therapy as we can easily change your dosages to find the perfect level for you.

Many hormones are absorbed better thru dermal creams as they do not have to pass thru the liver when placed on the skin. Testosterone for example can cause liver toxicity if ingested rather than taken in another form.

Although injections, particularly of testosterone, are common, this is not the best method for improving your testosterone levels because of the constant roller coaster that happens. You get your shot and your levels shoot up and then gradually decline and then you get another shot. Research shows that steady levels of testosterone can enhance heart health along with other anti-aging properties but that the roller coaster of high and low testosterone levels does not have this benefit. We greatly prefer methods that give you a sustained and continual high level of testosterone. You will feel much better; your energy will stay high consistently as well as your libido and you will get the other health benefits that a continually high level of testosterone provides. We want you to feel 25 again (and still be as wise as greater age and experience has given you!)

Bio-identical hormone pellets provide a continual sustained level of hormone optimization over several months. There are numerous benefits to this:

  1. Nothing to remember to take every day! Pellets are placed just under your skin and slowly release a sustained amount of hormone over a 3-6-month period.
  2. Constant high levels of hormones that have been shown to improve heart and brain health – No more roller coaster.
  3. Consistently higher absorption improves joint pain and arthritis in a far superior fashion than pills and creams can provide.

Hormones

Women

Women know that their hormones are decreasing when they reach menopause or have hot flashes. However, there are numerous other signs of hormone imbalance that can happen at any time during a woman’s life after puberty.

  • Difficulty sleeping at night
  • Decreased muscle strength
  • Reduced or non-existent sexual desire
  • Exhaustion, low energy and fatigue
  • Weight gain, particularly around the stomach and midsection area
  • Tendency to carry weight in the hips or saddlebags
  • Thinning hair
  • Reduced mental clarity and difficulty concentrating
  • Dryer skin
  • Menstrual cycle irregularities
  • Menstrual cycles gradually ending
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Moodiness, anxiety or depression
  • Inability to lose weight despite a healthy diet and lifestyle
  • Muscle or joint pain or arthritis
  • Auto-immune disorders

Women

Women know that their hormones are decreasing when they reach menopause or have hot flashes. However, there are numerous other signs of hormone imbalance that can happen at any time during a woman’s life after puberty.

  • Difficulty sleeping at night
  • Decreased muscle strength
  • Reduced or non-existent sexual desire
  • Exhaustion, low energy and fatigue
  • Weight gain, particularly around the stomach and midsection area
  • Tendency to carry weight in the hips or saddlebags
  • Thinning hair
  • Reduced mental clarity and difficulty concentrating
  • Dryer skin
  • Menstrual cycle irregularities
  • Menstrual cycles gradually ending
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Moodiness, anxiety or depression
  • Inability to lose weight despite a healthy diet and lifestyle
  • Muscle or joint pain or arthritis
  • Auto-immune disorders

Sexual Health

At Enid Live Well, we work from the inside out to improve sexual health. First, we begin with a thorough history and evaluation that frequently includes lab work. We address your concerns and questions respectfully and privately. We want you to feel comfortable talking to us. After we determine your goals and objectives, we find the answers. Loss of libido, loss of vaginal lubrication, pain or discomfort during sex, lack of orgasm, erectile dysfunction, loss of penile rigidity … are all signs and symptoms of sexual health decline. Although there are many causes, hormone deficiency – which naturally occurs after we reach our 30’s can be the culprit. Our lab work will determine your specific levels and whether or not they are optimal. Smoking, high cholesterol, and diabetes can cause vascular issue which can also affect sexual function. Frequently we will suggest platelet rich plasma therapy in the form of an O-shot or a P-shot which will boost circulation and even help to create the growth of new capillaries. This improves rigidity and erectile function in men and increases lubrication and comfort in women. It also increases sensitivity for both men and women which can greatly enhance pleasure during sexual intercourse. Life is good when your relationship includes mutually satisfying sexual desire and pleasure.

The Orgasm Shot or O-Shot is a non-surgical procedure that utilizes PRP to release growth factors in a woman’s body, which promotes vaginal or clitoral rejuvenation and addresses certain chronic health problems.

What Does It Do?

The O-Shot is a revolutionary approach to help women improve sexual relations, including:

  • Greater arousal from clitoral stimulation
  • Increased natural lubrication
  • Increased libido
  • Younger, smoother vulva skin
  • More frequent and stronger orgasms

It also helps facilitate healing for the following health issues:

  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Postpartum fecal incontinence
  • Chronic pain from vaginal mesh
  • Chronic interstitial cystitis

Remember, though, that like any treatment, the individual results of an O-Shot may vary.

How Does It Work?

The O-Shot procedure starts with a simple, quick blood draw from the arm. Using the PRP technique, the platelets from your blood will be isolated. Then, these will be activated to release multiple growth factors that will stimulate collagen, blood flow, and natural healing in your reproductive system.

Once the platelets are ready, our doctor will numb your vaginal area. Next, using a small needle, they will gently and carefully inject a precise amount of platelets in and around the vaginal area. The procedure is safe and fast. You may resume your daily activities after the procedure.

Give us a call today to schedule your O-shot consultation.

The Priapus Shot or P-Shot has the potential to improve sexual performance in both men who have lost function or sensation and in men who simply want to boost sensation, size or rigidity. Reasons for lost sexual function may include Peyronie’s disease, enlarged prostate, post-surgery effects, side effects from drugs, and health conditions like diabetes.

What Will P-Shot Do For You?

Although each man’s experience after a P-shot is different, some have experienced varying degrees of the following benefits:

  • Increased sexual stamina
  • Increased sensitivity
  • A mild increase in length and girth
  • Resolved prostate discomfort
  • Resolved urinary incontinence
  • Minimal to no pain for those with Peyronie’s disease

How Does P-Shot Work?

The P-shot is a non-surgical procedure that begins with numbing the penis and drawing blood from the arm. The platelets are extracted from your blood and concentrated into PRP. Our doctor will then inject the PRP into the shaft and the head of the penis.

The procedure is quick with minimal pain. We use a local anesthetic cream to numb the penis before the injection. There is also no downtime. You may get back to your daily activities after the treatment.

If you’re suffering from decreased libido, painful erections or other dysfunctions that affect your performance – OR if you simply want to supercharge your sex life, let the professionals at Enid Live Well help you. Get in touch with us today to book your P-Shot consultation.

Call (580) 233-4300 or Schedule Your Appointment Online Today.

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