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Frequently Asked Questions

Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Bio-identical Hormones are Natural hormones. Medically, natural hormones means that it has the same chemical structure with the hormones we are naturally making in our body. And because it is identical to our body’s natural hormone, BHRT acts to efficiently replace what the body lacks and create a balanced hormonal response with no undesirable side effects.

It is different from Synthetic hormones that we usually buy at pharmacies (usually over the counter hormones). These synthetic hormones do not have the same chemical structure as the natural hormones the human body is born with. Therefore, they give incomplete messages to our cells which fail to produce a balanced hormonal response that results to its many reported undesirable side effects.

For hormone therapy to be beneficial it is approached as an exact science. We measure your hormones first using the most accurate and comprehensive hormone test to know which hormones you have in excess or lack of. Treatment approach is based on your unique hormonal levels as determined by this assay.

BHRT is very different from the regular hormone treatment that we know as the latter are synthetic hormones. These synthetic hormones do not have the same chemical structure as the natural hormones the human body is born with. Therefore, they give incomplete messages to our cells which fail to produce a balanced hormonal response that results to its many reported undesirable side effects.

BHRT when given at the precise and customized dose based on your measured hormonal levels is very safe.

All of the hormones in the body are designed to work together for optimum health. If one is altered or deficient, it will affect the actions of all the other hormones. Consequently, Bio-identical, compounded, and customized hormone replacement is the only way to achieve this balance and replace hormones safely.

We source our Bio-identical hormones from APOTHECA INTEGRATIVE PHARMACY, the country's only FDA-licensed compounding pharmacy that specializes in custom compounded medication. Apotheca partners with the Professional Compounding Center of America (PCCA) and Medisca USA and Australia, assuring you of the highest quality compounded medications.

Safety and benefits of BHRT have been clinically studied for the past 20 years. Here are some of the studies, See list of Scientific literatures

IV Therapies

All of our cells use vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants continuously to create energy for all cellular and bodily processes. A nutritional deficiency at the basic cellular level sets the stage for the development of fatigue or disease.

Many diseases are the result of prolonged and advanced nutritional imbalance, so the key is to address the problem at the root by replenishing these vitamins and minerals. An ounce of Early preventative treatment is definitely worth more than a pound of cure!

If you have been dealing with a chronic fatigue or illness, your immune, endocrine (hormonal), and hepatic systems (elimination of toxins) are likely severely depleted of nutrients and overtaxed. Taking oral supplements will likely not be enough to compensate for your accumulated deficit (or it may take too long). IV nutritional therapy delivers high doses of vitamins, minerals and other essential elements directly into the bloodstream and into the very cells that most need help, thus giving a quick boost and closing the existing nutritional deficit.

At CORE we only use compounded, preservative-free ingredients from our partner compounding pharmacies Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy and College Pharmacy, both with compounding practices that are USP 795 and 797 compliant.

We practice customized medicine thus each IV drip is personalized specially for each patient. The type of ingredients used are based on your specific needs/symptoms and doses are computed based on your age and weight.

An initial consult with Dr. Sheree is mandatory, and if needed, we recommend a comprehensive set of tests that allow us to look deep into your physiology so we can uncover your specific biochemical needs. Doing this helps us to pinpoint precisely what kind of support you require and personalize your IV treatments.

Most of the IV drips take anywhere between 15 - 90 minutes during which you can comfortably recline in your seat, watch TV or a movie, sleep, read, listen to music, eat or just relax.

Some high dose drips for special conditions can take up to 2-3 hours. Our concierge will inform you ahead of time for scheduling, length of time of IV and other details.

Please be sure to eat. It is not advised to have an IV treatment on an empty stomach. Our concierge will remind you of necessary preparations ahead of time

Once the IV has been started, you may experience a warm sensation in your chest or abdomen and you may have a sensation of “ tasting ” the vitamins. It is also expected that you may feel significantly thirsty. Drinks will be provided in your IV pod.

After an IV infusion you can go back to doing your regular activity for the day.

Cosmetic Gynecology

A consultation with Dr. Sheree will assess and help determine which cosmetic procedure is right for you.

It depends on the extent of repair. The shortest procedure runs around 30 minutes while the longest procedure can take up to 2 hours. An additional hour is spent in the recovery room for monitoring and anesthesia recovery.

Shortly after surgery, you may experience mild discomfort and swelling, you will be provided with oral pain reliever and prophylactic antibiotic. Most patients have been able to return to work within 24 hours. Lifting heavy objects and straining should be avoided for at least one week; sexual activity can resume after 6 weeks.

Only one post-operative follow-up is advised. You are encouraged to do the follow-up 3-5 days from operation to ensure the surgical wound is healing well.

Thermiva

ThermiVa treatments uses thermistor-regulated Radio Frequency (RF) energy emission device which is used for non-surgical applications in aesthetics and other medical specialties. The RF energy gently heat tissues without discomfort or downtime. The patented ThermiVa electrode is designed to treat the internal and external anatomical features of the vagina.

ThermiVa uses controlled, therapeutic, radiofrequency energy to gently contract and tighten the labia and vaginal canal. It also stimulates collagen production and may help in tissue and nerve healing.

Benefits of the ThermiVa treatment includes the following:

  • Labial Tightening: Tightens the labial tissues and reduce sag and "camel toe." Results in softer and smoother skin More comfort in body conscious clothing
  • Vaginal Canal Tightening: Tightens the vaginal canal so it is noticeable to the patient and the partner.
  • Improves Atrophic Vulvovaginitis (dryness of the labia and vagina): Improves vaginal moisture Increases vaginal comfort (before, during and post sex) without use of hormones Reduces labial irritation
  • Improves Stress Urinary Incontinence: Reduces urinary leakage accidents with activity Reduces urinary urgency symptoms
  • Improves Orgasmic or Sexual Dysfunction: Increase in orgasm sensitivity More coordinated and stronger muscular contractions Achieve orgasms in shorter time period.
  • Improves Pelvic Prolapse Shrinks vaginal tissues and helps improve muscular coordination and strength

A consultation will determine if ThermiVa is the right procedure for you.

The ThermiVa protocol is a three-treatment series, each treatment about one month apart. However, some patients are satisfied even after one or two treatments.

A procedure only takes 30 minutes. No preparations are needed prior to the procedure.

You are made to lie down comfortably during the treatment.

An S-shaped hand piece (ThermiVa uses a single use, disposable hand piece, ensuring no risk of transmission of infections) with a thermistor tip about 1 cm in diameter is used to gently warm the external labia and vaginal canal. Thermi probe and vaginal tissue temperatures are reflected in the monitor ensuring optimal treatment temperature and safety.

A comfortable warm sensation on the area is all that is expected during the treatment.

Thermiva is a non-surgical, non-ablative, quick, in-office treatment that requires no anesthetic. Therefore, there is no downtime or recovery needed.

Women can immediately return to their normal activities and resume sexual activity even on the same day. There is no pain, discharge or odor after the treatment.

Some results are immediate and they continue to improve within 4-6 weeks after the treatment.