Instead our therapy understands that the “restorative year” (your first year of therapy) requires a different methodology than subsequent years and avoids the rapid rise and fall of other approaches. In fact, our model is based on the “small frequent feedings” analogy of providing more frequent implants of lower doses over time to give your body the time it needs to recognize and adjust to your new levels, thereby minimizing unwanted side effects. As that rise begins to trough your symptoms and blood levels are evaluated by your medical provider prior to you next implant and adjustments are made until we can attain and sustain the therapeutic level based on your individual needs.
This process provides maximum symptom relief with minimal side effects over longer periods.
The second way that Bella Vita differs from others is the source of the compounded natural hormone pellets used in our therapy.
Compounded bio-identical hormone pellets are generally derived from the same substances. That is to say that hormone pellets are comprised of NDC listed substances. In our therapy, we use pellets of 17-beta estradiol and testosterone. The NDC designation (National Drug Code) is a designation of listed substances approved for human use and a list maintained by the FDA. These substances are then compounded into “bio identical” pellets of estradiol and testosterone. For more information on the pellet process, please read the narrative “What are our pellets made of”, found in the research library.
The compounding method for the pellets used in our therapy is the real difference between Bella Vita and others. The differences lie in the process.
*The pharmacies we use are fully accredited by PCAB, IACP or are members of the PCCA. These accreditation are not easy to come by. To learn more about PCAB Accreditation please visit www.pcab.org, for IACP please visit www.iapcrx.org or for PCCA please visit www.pccarx.org. In addition, all fully meet requirements of USP/NF 797 and 795.
* Our pharmacy uses ISO 5 Class 100 Clean Rooms to compound.
(example of ISO 5 Class 100 clean room)
This is unlike other compounding pharmacies that use simple partial Plexiglas barriers that do not create an enclosed sterile area. Finally, the pellets we use are subjected to the highest degree of quality control before being released for human use. Each compound is sent to independent labs for confirmation of potency and sterility before being shipped. This provides independent assurance that each pellet used is of the highest quality and consistent potency.
Bella Vita Medical is different than other providers of hormone replacement therapy. The two primary reasons noted in this article, combined with customized individual care, are important reasons why you should consider Bella Vita Medical for your hormone replacement needs.
In addition to the two major reasons noted above, Bella Vita brings value added to your treatment by providing the ability to scientifically quantify your physiologic process and improvement by measuring and monitoring your bone density.
One in every two women and one in every four men over the age of fifty will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. It has been suggested that loss of bone density is associated with hormone loss. At Bella Vita, we can measure bone density by using our state-of-the-art DXA Scan, Bone Density Machine
(Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry). Manufactured by Hologic – Discovery Model
While bone density tests are typically $300 to $350, Bella Vita provides this testing as part of our hormone treatment package. Bella Vita currently has two TN licensed Radiographers on staff to conduct the bone density tests, which are then reviewed by the doctor.
Our DXA also measures BMI and as we develop weight loss programs, we will also be able to quantify your results.
This is just one more way that the Bella Vita Difference provides comprehensive care to our patients.