Paris Iowa Bioidentical Hormones Specialist

Linn County Iowa Bioidentical HRT Specialist

Stephanie Gray, DNP is the only nurse practitioner and one of only a few individuals in the state of Iowa certified through the American Academy of Anti- Aging Medicine’s Board of Anti-Aging Health Practitioners (ABAAHP). She completed their fellowship program and become the only nurse practitioner from Iowa and one of 2 individuals in Iowa to complete their Advanced Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative, and Functional Medicine. She currently offers what she feels is the safest and most effective approach to hormone replacement, individualized bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.

Benefits of BHRT

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy uses hormones that are identical in molecular and structural function to the hormones produced in the human body, and they allow men and women to replace deficient hormones in a natural and non-invasive way. Because of their identical structure, bio-identical hormones fit into the cell’s receptor sites like a lock and a key, and the body cannot tell the difference between bio-identical hormones and its own hormones.

Another benefit to bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is that the hormones can be suited to fit the individual’s imbalances. Hormone therapies of the past gave the same dosages to everyone, even those with largely different deficiencies or excesses, which may have created more symptoms and did not restore balance to the body. Because no two people are alike, no two hormone prescriptions should be alike, and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy allows each person to get the right dosage to restore the body back to balance.

Hormones are important messengers in the body that work to regulate digestion, metabolism, reproduction, and sexual function, and when the glands that secrete hormones cannot do their jobs correctly, the body begins to experience several health detriments. Some of the symptoms that can arise in women going through hormone decline include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, anxiety, vaginal dryness, thinning bones, dull hair, breakable nails, depression, wrinkling skin, anger outbursts, weight gain, fatigue, and low libido. These symptoms usually occur during menopause, but they can occur at any time during a woman’s life. Some of the symptoms that occur during perimenopause, which is the time before menopause, include irregular periods, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, acne, increased PMS symptoms, bloating, migraines, water retention, mental fogginess, and infertility.

Some of the benefits of bio-identical hormones for women include:

  • Reduced Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
  • Healthier Emotions
  • Stronger Bones
  • Better Sleep
  • Increased Libido
  • Weight Loss
  • Mental Clarity
  • Sharper Memory
  • Radiant Skin
  • Lustrous Hair and Nails
  • Reduced PMS Symptoms
  • Healthier Sexual Function

Men also experience the effects of hormone decline, and male hormone decline is becoming a more recognized phenomena. In the past, most men assumed that the symptoms concurrent with hormone decline were just due to aging, and they just had to endure the changes that came with age. However, now, physicians can recognize the symptoms of male hormone decline, and while male hormone decline happens more gradually than female hormone decline, it still can inhibit the quality of life. Some of the symptoms that appear with male hormone decline include muscle atrophy, low libido, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, depression, poor workout performances, anxiety, reduced stamina and endurance, poor memory, irritability, thinning hair, and abdominal weight gain.

Some of the benefits of bio-identical hormones for men include:

  • Increased Muscle Mass and Tone
  • Better Workouts
  • Increased Stamina
  • Sharper Memory
  • Improved Moods
  • Healthier Sexual Function
  • Loss Of Abdominal Fat
  • Thicker Hair
  • Increased Libido
  • More Energy

Stephanie Gray offers individualized integrative assessment and treatment options for a variety of male and female conditions including:

Hormonal imbalances: PMS, PCOS, menopause, low testosterone, weight management, low libido, fatigue, hair thinning or loss, infertility, adrenal and thyroid disorders,?anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, and headaches

Digestive disturbances: IBS, reflux, diarrhea, constipation, yeast, parasites, and food allergies or sensitivities, urinary or fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, including pessary fitting and maintenance

Cardiovascular disease: hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and metabolic syndrome

Stephanie Gray has helped many patients to improve overall health and wellness with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Several men and women have been able to become free from debilitating symptoms and recapture optimal levels of health.