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In this installment, we posed some questions about men’s and women’s health to hormone therapy expert Christa Jackson, APRN, of Beyond Wellness, a leading Arkansas wellness company with clinics in Little Rock and Hot Springs. Here’s what she told us:


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Christa Jackson, APRN


What types of hormone therapy do you offer?

At Beyond Wellness, we specialize in bioidentical hormone therapy. This can include therapy options such as DHEA, progesterone, testosterone, and estradiol, as well as bioidentical thyroid hormone therapy such as t3/t4, NP Thyroid, Armour Thyroid and Cytomel. These BHRT therapies can be delivered orally (tablets or capsules), sublingually (drops or troches), transdermally (patch or creams), subcutaneously (injection or pellet therapy), intramuscularly (injection) and/or vaginally (suppository, cream, or tablet).


How do you determine the mode of delivery?

Each form of hormones and their specific mode of delivery is decided on an individual patient basis and is determined by each patient’s unique health history, treatment goals, lifestyle, financial preferences, etc. 


What are the benefits and drawbacks of BHRT therapy?

There are countless benefits of utilizing BHRT, including but not limited to improved mood, sleep, energy, metabolism, joint pain and libido; easier-to-achieve and stronger orgasms; improved vaginal dryness; healthier erections; improved hair growth; and improved endurance, stamina and strength. BHRT has also been associated with improvement in autoimmune conditions and decreased risks of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, dementia, osteoporosis and even certain types of cancer.


What is the process and typical timeline for starting hormone therapy at your clinic?

The process typically begins with an initial consultation with one of our amazing providers who specializes in hormone optimization therapy. During this consultation, your provider will review your medical history, discuss your goals for hormone therapy, and explain the potential risks and benefits. This appointment will give our providers an opportunity to get to know you as a patient and decide what lab work or testing needs to be ordered. If necessary, blood will be drawn that day, as well. A follow-up visit is typically scheduled a couple of weeks from then to allow for the lab results to be completed. During the follow-up visit, the provider will review the lab results and discuss a detailed plan to address the individual needs of the patient. This plan may include the type of hormones to be prescribed, the dosage and the schedule for monitoring your progress. After starting hormone therapy, you will typically have follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. Future follow-up visits are scheduled according to the patient’s needs and progress.


Is hormone therapy covered by insurance?

Hormone-related appointments are generally the same type of visit at your primary care provider’s office, so generally speaking, a person should have the same coverage in our office that he or she has at his or her doctor’s office. Of course, insurance plans vary from person to person. As a courtesy, we will verify a person’s insurance benefits to estimate any costs; however, we cannot guarantee what an insurance company will cover. Pellet therapy and compounded prescriptions are not covered by insurance, but we always ensure to discuss the cost of any procedure or service in advance.


Always consult your doctor or Beyond Wellness for personalized medical advice tailored to your individual needs and health concerns. They can provide professional guidance and support to help you make informed decisions about your well-being.


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