Dr. Katherine Birchenough was the fourth physician in South Carolina to be board-certified in functional medicine in 2014. She is also an expert in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, certified in peptide therapy, and has board certifications in emergency medicine and pediatrics. Dr. Shawn Birchenough is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgery and aesthetics. At OptimalSelf MD, we offer bio identical hormone replacement therapy for men and women in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Spartanburg, and the surrounding communities in South Carolina.
WHAT IS Natural HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the most natural way to overcome hormone deficiencies and hormone imbalances at any age. Human-identical hormones have many benefits over the more common conjugated (synthetic) hormones. Hormone replacement therapy for women has evolved over recent decades to improve options for women, and the lessons learned have now been integrated into hormone replacement therapy for men.
HOW MUCH DOES HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY COST?
At OptimalSelf MD, we understand that you want to feel good about yourself, yet cost may be a primary consideration. We recommend that you schedule a consultation as a first step. Phone consultations are complimentary, and we charge a fee for an in-office consultation. As part of the consultation, we explain the price of your hormone replacement therapy, and payment can be made by cash, check, and credit card. We also work with CareCredit® and Alphaeon® to offer our patients financing options.
WHAT IS HORMONE OPTIMIZATION?
There are many choices available for hormone replacement. At OptimalSelf MD, we believe in a comprehensive approach. Dr. Katherine optimizes hormone levels with natural, “bio-identical” or human-identical hormones. Hormone optimization (vs. simply “replacement”) is a process by which levels of hormones throughout the body are normalized with creams, implantable pellets, and in some cases, capsules or sublingual troches. In addition, thyroid and adrenal function is addressed and supported, and key nutraceuticals may be recommended, leading to peak levels of health and well-being.
WHAT IS PELLET THERAPY?
Human-identical hormone replacement therapy is the most natural way to overcome hormone deficiencies and hormone imbalances at any age. Human-identical hormones have many benefits over the more common conjugated (synthetic) hormones. These hormones can be delivered to patients in the form of pellets. They are placed just under the skin with a minor outpatient procedure, and there is less than a week of recovery time before patients can return to their normal active lifestyles and exercise routines. The hormones in the pellets are bio-identical; meaning that they are structurally the same as naturally occurring human hormones. These hormones are found in nature and are plant-derived. The pellets remain within the body and consistently provide the dosing that the body requires. This contrasts with other hormone replacement therapy methods such as injections, pills and creams, resulting in a rollercoaster effect for many people.
HOW IS DR. KATHERINE’S APPROACH DIFFERENT?
As a physician who is certified and experienced in Wellness and Functional Medicine, Dr. Katherine knows that the body is a complex network of systems that need to function in harmony to achieve true and lasting good health. In order for your hormones to work most effectively, the impact of stress, environment, nutrition, and sleep may need to be explored. In addition, thyroid and adrenal hormones and vitamin levels are checked with the initial blood work. Often, specific supplements are recommended to help you feel your best. As a patient of OptimalSelf MD, you are part of an “extended family” and treated as such. If other conditions are impacting your health, you can be sure she will discuss this with you and help you find solutions.
HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY?
The process involves completing a few questionnaires, blood tests, and an office consultation with Dr. Katherine to confirm that your symptoms are caused by low hormone levels. During the consultation, she will make sure you are a good candidate based on your medical history and symptoms. At the lab follow-up, she will go over your test results and make recommendations. You may even be able to get started on treatment that same day. If she determines that you have another medical condition causing your symptoms that she does not treat, she will refer you to your primary physician or a specialist. Once the condition is managed, you can return for a consultation to determine if hormone optimization is right for you.
CAN I SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION FOR HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY?
If you aren’t ready to commit to hormone replacement therapy, you can schedule a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Katherine or see her for a consultation at our health and wellness center for a fee.
OptimalSelf MD is the first center in South Carolina to offer plastic surgery, aesthetics, and wellness for men and women in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Spartanburg, and the nearby areas of South Carolina. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your hormone replacement therapy needs