Deborah Hartman, R.N., M.S.N., C.N.M.

Wellness is more than the absence of disease. I see my role as helping patients bring balance back into their lives. Many women suffer needlessly with symptoms that are not necessarily debilitating, but take the joy out of life. Feeling stressed, tired and upset can be the result of something happening on the systemic level. Once identified, these problems are often not difficult to correct but bring tremendous benefit to a woman’s overall quality of life.

Chronic fatigue, difficulty sleeping, obesity, high cholesterol and triglycerides, memory loss or fuzziness, and unusual mood swings can be the result of hormone loss or imbalance, metabolic syndrome, silent inflammation, or compromised vitamin absorption. Deborah has developed a program that provides an in depth, customized assessment to pinpoint the root cause of your symptoms.

Your consultation with Deborah will include an in-depth questionnaire and review of your health history. Complete blood work will be done. When the results are returned, you will meet with Deborah to discuss the best options available to you to improve any areas of deficiency. This visit typically lasts 3 hours. You will leave with a comprehensive plan to follow that will help to bring you the energy and vitality you deserve. Taking these proactive steps will not only make you feel better, but can help discourage symptoms from developing into chronic disease.

Every woman’s experience is different, but common symptoms of perimenopause include:

  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Weight gain

Philosophy Regarding Bio Identical Hormones:

Management of the menopause is one of the most controversial issues in medical practice today since there are a multitude of different interventions available. Women are increasingly taking control of their own decisions and are not merely passive consumers. Many women suffer needlessly, white-knuckling it through menopause—thinking that they are valiantly preserving their health and will sometime soon “get through” with the symptoms of menopause. Menopause is not something that goes away. Once menopausal, you will be in menopause throughout the rest of your life. Menopause is not just about symptoms….menopause affects EVERY system of your body and affects the quality of your life. Many women experience physical and psychological alterations that even affect their relationships.

Your brain, your skin, your eyes, your heart, your blood vessels, your bones, your central nervous system, your vagina, your uterus, your urinary system, your rectal sphincter, your sexuality, and your psyche are all affected by the effects of loss of hormones. There is a lot of fear that hormone therapy is not safe and, if given, it should be the smallest dose for the shortest amount of time. These fears are a result of the research done by the Women’s Health Initiative that was stopped abruptly in July 2002 because of the findings that PREMPRO, a synthetic hormone replacement therapy was contributing to an increased incidence of breast cancer. (As an aside, Prempro is still FDA approved and is being prescribed by mainstream physicians.) PREMPRO contains Premarin which stands for PREgnant MARes’ urINe. The problem is that the estrogen found in pregnant mares’ urine is not natural to the human endocrine system. The most dangerous component of PREMPRO was the synthetic progestin, Provera. The increase in incidence of breast cancer was not seen in the Premarin-only arm of this important study.

BIOIDENTICAL refers to the hormone having the same chemical structure as endogenous human hormones. Non-bioidentical hormones include synthetic agents which differ in molecular structure or agents which contain additional hormones that differ structurally from human hormones.

Let us be your partner in looking and feeling your best.

Call Houston Bioidentical Specialist, Deborah Hartman, R.N., M.S.N., C.N.M., directly at 800-775-4902 Ext. 296 to schedule your consultation, discuss your symptoms and decide on a course of treatment for your specific needs.