Hormone Balancing

Dr. Conner can help you get your life back with all natural, Bio-Identical Hormone Supplementation.  Bio-Identical hormone supplementation is safe, all natural, and effective.

“I prefer the term “supplementation” because we are not replacing your hormones; we are adding to what your body can no longer produce to bring you to your individual balance.  Many practitioners will just give you a bunch hormones.  Over time, this replacement will cause your body to no longer produce hormones on its own, the system will atrophy.” – Dr. West Conner

This procedure brings back the normal hormonal balance your body needs.  The hormones in the cream are derived from a natural source, the Mexican yam.  Bio-Identical Hormone Supplementation provides a safe and natural alternative to women and men with low levels of progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.  Many of the problems you face are due to hormonal imbalance.

Do you have…

  • Hot Flashes
  • Poor Sleep
  • Dry Skin
  • Mood Swings
  • Overly Emotional
  • Memory Loss
  • Night Sweats
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Headaches
  • Painful Intercourse
  • Depression
  • Acne or oily skin
  • Bloating
  • Bone loss
  • Depression
  • Excess facial and body hair
  • Hot flashes
  • Heavy or painful periods
  • Irregular periods
  • Irritability
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Low libido
  • Memory lapses
  • Mood swings
  • Nervousness
  • Night sweats
  • Poor concentration
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Tender or fibrocystic breasts
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain

If you are over 35 years of age, you most certainly suffer from one or more of the above symptoms.  This is due to hormonal fluctuations that begin to occur in your mid-thirties.

What To Expect When Meeting With Dr. Conner

Dr. Conner has been extensively trained in the subject of Bio-Identical Hormones.  He will to be able to supply you with information about treating your particular symptoms and to answer all your questions.  Before taking your saliva test, you will fill out a simple check-list of your symptoms.  This is crucial as this is an important part of your total analysis.  Remember, each person is unique and the symptoms are reflective of your individual hormone levels.

You and Dr. Conner will go over the details of the program, what is involved, and how to adjust your dose if needed.   You will be sent a home test kit with instructions for your testing.  The results come back in about 7 business days after UPS shipment to the lab.  Dr. Conner will lay out your plan and contact you to discuss the therapy.

Getting Your Hormones

In the initial consultation, you will be instructed on how, when, and where to apply your hormone cream.  For men, you will be given instructions on using your testosterone injection.  You will discuss therapy and how your weight and medical condition(s) can effect your hormone levels.  If Dr. Conner feels you could benefit from other testing, he will explain that process and the outcomes of normalizing other systems in your body.  This initial hormone therapy dosing will last between three and six months before re-evaluation and retesting of certain hormones.

“We’ve got to check to make sure we are on the right track.  A lot can be learned just by explaining to me how you feel, but we must make sure you are being dosed correctly.  If not, we have to make some adjustments, this is not ‘plug and play’ therapy, it is individualized.” – Dr. West Conner

What hormones will I get?

Every women needs progesterone, more now than ever.  Some women require estrogen and/or testosterone to bring her into balance.  These hormones will be compounded into a special cream specifically designed for each individual patient in the correct proportions.  The cream is rubbed into the skin of the inner wrists and forearms, usually twice a day.

For men, testosterone is best given via intramuscular injection once a week.  If this is not an option, a testosterone cream can be compounded.  Some men will also benefit from progesterone supplementation.

In General…

Here is a brief description of what the individual hormones do in your body.  Testosterone will give your more energy, increase muscle tone, decrease fat, strengthen bones, increase mental clarity, increase sex drive, give a better quality sleep, correction of erectile dysfunction, and increase self-esteem.  The estrogens for women will decrease hot flashes, help with dry skin, increase vaginal moisture, and help with sexual function.  Progesterone acts as a “balancer” for the other hormones.  Giving progesterone increases the body’s sensitivity to estrogen and gives a wider range of normal in the hormonal dosing.  It also opposes the action of estrogen.  Unopposed estrogen has a strong correlation with breast and reproductive cancers.

Why Saliva Testing?

When your body manufacturers hormones, they are bound to proteins in the blood.  Just a small percentage actually break lose from their carrier protein and enter the tissues, including your saliva.  It is this small percentage that is “free and active.”  This is what we want to measure.

“I am of the opinion that a blood test for hormones is basically useless and offers very little insight to your active hormone levels.” – Dr. West Conner

Also, your hormones are attracted to lipids, and blood cells are covered in lipids.  When you get a blood test, the laboratory is testing the fluid part of the blood.  A certain percentage of the hormones are attached to your blood cells and are therefor undetectable in the blood, giving a false reading.

Saliva testing is an easy, low cost, convenient, and stress free way to collect your sample in the comfort of your own home.  A blood test requires a visit to your doctor of clinic, it is expensive, stressful, and inconvenient in comparison.

Learn more about Saliva Testing from ZRT Laboratory HERE.

Eight Advantages of Saliva Testing:

1. Saliva testing can be done anywhere.
2. Saliva measures the free, “bio-available” fraction of steroid hormones that have moved out of the bloodstream and into the tissue.  (blood and urine measure “total” levels)
3. Testing that relies on blood drawn in the doctor’s office makes it harder to obtain samples at specific times (such as in the early morning) or multiple times during the day.
4. Painless, noninvasive, and needle free.
5. Hormones in saliva are exceptionally stable and can be stored at room temperature for up to a week without affecting the accuracy of the result.
6. A private home collection kit that is convenient for both patient and doctor and allows for optimal collection time.
7. This offers maximum flexibility in sample collection and shipment.
8. It is much less expensive than conventional blood testing.