25 Again by Body Shapes Medical's individualized courses of treatment are designed to change the way you think about taking care of yourself, inside and out. We fit a niche that traditional medicine has not yet embraced: disease prevention and extension of life, not just treating symptoms. We prevent symptoms through natural bio-identical hormone optimization. We believe in QUALITY of life, living longer at your best, and aiding the body with providing hormones lost with the process of aging. Hormones regulate inflammation in the body, and inflammation is the root cause of many diseases: cardiovascular disease, arthritis, depression, stress, and more.*
When should I consider hormone optimization?
In general, your body’s natural hormones begin to decline after your mid-20s and hormone imbalance symptoms are frequently present by your mid-30s. Men and women often start replacing hormones between the ages of 35 and 40. It’s best to not wait. If you've been to your doctor and have been told that your levels are "normal," that isn't necessarily good news to you. "Optimal" levels fight disease AND make you feel better. In addition, your doctor may not be testing all essesntial hormone levels. There's more to your body than your thyroid, and there's more to your thyroid than a TSH level.*
Are treatments covered under insurance?
While some insurance carriers are covering hormone treatments, 25 Again offices do not file insurance claims. We are a Private Pay facility. The IRS does allow Flex Spending Accounts for these services, and we can provide proper documentation for this. 25 Again also offers other payment options like Care Credit and HSA for certain programs.*
What can I expect in terms of cost?
Living your best life is a commitment and an investment. Initial costs to determine exactly what is happening inside of your body are as follows:
- $150 - Includes first TWO appointments (Initial Lab draw AND subsequent one hour plan of care meeting with Provider)
- Lab analysis of blood - Our lab partner, Labcorp, does accept insurance, and we CAN submit your insurance information on your behalf. You may receive an additional bill from Labcorp for any panels not covered under your policy or do not meet your deductible. Should you choose to not submit labs through your insurance, you simply pay OUR COST for these labs, which is $225.
- If you do not have insurance, $225 will be due to cover our costs of the initial labs. Your total cost without insurance initially would be $375.
Once an individualized Plan of Care has been determined, you will be presented with options for treatment and enroll in our exclusive member program. Some patients will notice treatment effects immediately (within a few weeks). Many patients, particularly women, need a month or so to get levels correct. Membership for a year is $2388. Depending on the amount of hormones needed to reach optimal levels, this can average an additional $200 - $300 a month. Ask your provider about payment options.
- We are a Care Credit preferred provider.
Why don’t traditional doctors prescribe bioidentical hormones?
Traditional doctors often do not have the time or resources to seek the expertise needed to utilize bioidentical hormones. 25 Again physicians have taken the time and resources to become experts in this field, as well as specialized knowledge in the field of anti-aging medicine.
Are bioidentical hormones regulated by the FDA?
The components of bioidentical hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) are approved for use by the FDA. However, each state has jurisdiction over pharmacies, not the FDA. Our compound pharmacists are using the highest quality practices and guidelines to ensure excellent quality assurance.*
Can I have bloodwork done at my own doctor’s office?
While we can get an idea of recently drawn blood from a doctor's office, it is imperative that Body Shapes Medical continue best practices by ensuring the correct levels are being tested, and the accuracy of specific hormone panels needed to prescribe the exact dosing particular to your body. For instance, many PCPs or endocrinologists do not test T3 levels (usually only T4) which are a more specific indicator of thyroid function, or lack thereof.
Are there any side effects?
Because bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure of the hormones made naturally in your body, there are relatively few side effects. Our Providers monitor and evaluate each patient consistently, and we have a very high success rate of balancing with proper dosing.*
How long does this process take to “kick in?” When will I notice results?
While it varies between patients, you should expect to see noticeable results within 3 to 6 months. This time is needed to properly balance your new and existing hormones. It is fairly common for medications to change frequently during this time.*
*Individual results may vary from person to person. The content of this website is for informational purposes only. Only a qualified medical provider can determine if you qualify for treatment. Contact us to schedule an appointment with one our qualified medical providers.