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Women's Health Overview

Women's Health Overview
Conventional healthcare has LIMITED OPTIONS for Women.
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Defy Medical gives women access to the care they need, and specializes in treatments for their most common conditions.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), women's experience of health and disease differ from those of men, due to unique biological, social and behavioral conditions. Biological differences vary all the way from phenotype to the cellular, making a woman’s risks for ill health different from that for a man. Women and men differ in chromosomal makeup, protein gene products, genomic imprinting, gene expression, signaling pathways and hormonal environment.

Though women have a longer life expectancy and are 24% more likely to have visited a doctor within the past year (from Springbuk’s Health Intelligence platform), the care they receive is still not equal in quality to that of their male counterparts. Part of this is due to an imbalance in provider leadership. The Guardian reports that only 22% of executives and board members of Fortune 500 healthcare companies are women and only 1/3 of hospital executives are women, while General Medical Council data shows that despite female general practitioners outnumbering males (52% vs. 48%), the large majority of specialists (66%) are male.

A gender inequity in research directly affects women’s health. The book Doing Harm points out that diseases that disproportionately affect women, from autoimmune diseases and fibromyalgia to many chronic pain conditions, have been under-researched, so doctors do not have the knowledge sufficient for diagnosis and treatment. Studies cited in The Girl Who Cried Pain showed that women are more likely to be given sedatives for pain, while men are prescribed pain medication.

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DEFY MEDICAL is the women’s health SPECIALIST.
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Committed to solving the common problems faced by women.

Women’s health is a specialty. Defy Medical specializes in women’s health problems. In addition to gender inequities, there are issues that impact women more dramatically and at an earlier age. And of course, there are conditions suffered only by women. Many of these common issues affecting women relate to hormone imbalance and sexual dysfunction.

Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) is a prevalent problem, afflicting approximately 43% of women, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. More frequent with age, this progressive and widespread condition is associated with symptoms such as diminished vaginal lubrication, pain and discomfort upon intercourse, decreased sense of arousal and difficulty in achieving orgasm, as explained by the British Journal of Urology.

Yet only a small percentage of women seek medical attention for FSD. This can perhaps be partly attributable to the comparative lack of emphasis by standard medical practitioners. Significantly less research and treatment is available compared to that for Erectile Dysfunction in males. Furthermore, Female Sexual Dysfunction is more complicated and substantially less understood in comparison to male sexual dysfunction.

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Defy the bias and defy the world of ordinary standards of care for women.

Addressing women’s healthcare in a different way from typical practitioners allows Defy Medical to defy the impact of the true underlying causes of important health issues. For instance, low levels of testosterone are associated with a decline in libido, arousal, genital sensation and orgasm. As with other women’s health problems, the symptoms of low testosterone in women are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed (mistaken for stress, depression and side effects of menopausal changes), according to Healthline.

Are you experiencing any of these sexual health symptoms? Do you notice that you are more fatigued and have increased body fat? The women’s health experts at Defy Medical are ready to help you with these and other common problems women face.

Defy Medical is an affordable clinic dedicated to women’s health, differentiating itself by providing comprehensive treatment of common women’s health issues. The practice is at the forefront of women’s health to treat a variety of complex conditions that affect women nationwide through a variety of innovative treatment programs.

The Journal of Endocrinology confirms that key endocrine hormones, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are involved in the sexual response, while an abstract by the American Society for the Study of Sterility along with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine connects androgen deficiencies with FSD. In a women’s body, one of the functions of androgens is to be converted into the female hormones called estrogens, with this deficiency one of the more common hormonal disorders in women that’s associated with low libido, fatigue and decreased sense of well-being, as well as bone loss and osteoporosis susceptibility. These hormonal imbalances are not only problems experienced by older females, as levels begin dropping in a woman’s 20s and can decline as much as 50% at the time of reaching menopause.

As leading hormone replacement specialists for nearly a decade, Defy Medical diagnoses and treats many women’s health problems with hormone replacement therapy and other advanced protocols such as testosterone replacement therapy, thyroid replacement therapy and peptide therapy.

Current FDA-approved options indicated for sexual dysfunction in women are limited and only effective in certain cases. In fact, as of 2019 there is no FDA-approved testosterone product for women, yet for a long time women’s health physicians have maintained access to a variety of sexual health and testosterone options by using a local compounding pharmacy. Compounding plays an important role in women’s healthcare partly because it enables practitioners to prescribe customized medications that are not available at retail pharmacies, providing unlimited treatment options and allowing for personalized integrative care that is often needed to achieve a successful outcome.

Defy Medical has aligned with Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) pharmacies and an FDA-registered pharmaceutical outsourcing facility to deliver access to a full catalog of affordable medications used to treat Female Sexual Dysfunction. Defy Medical offers women's health product lines which include compounded medication for hormone replacement therapy, sexual dysfunction and general health.

Defy the STATISTICS and take control of YOUR HEALTH.

Get professional help specializing in women’s health from Defy Medical.

Accessing healthcare on a regular basis is a key to optimizing health — and vital to maintaining your quality of life.

Defy Medical is a leading concierge medical practice, expert in both preventative and restorative therapies, that focuses on the entire person and not just the symptoms. The Defy Medical goal is to improve quality of life, improve overall health and promote longevity by combining proven treatment models with an emphasis on women’s health; including bioidentical hormone therapies, androgen therapies, sexual health, body composition, nutrition and more.

The Defy Medical approach is different, addressing multiple issues with current protocols, whether you choose to visit the full-service clinic in Tampa or use a convenient technology platform that allows remote care via virtual visits. You also have access to a comprehensive catalog of affordable pharmaceutical products and blood tests. This integrative approach treats common health problems endured by women who suffer from hormone imbalance and sexual dysfunction, recognizing the physiological uniqueness of each patient and the value of personalized care to meet a patient’s individual needs.

Defy Medical offers these women's health services:

*May require travel depending on patients location 

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Sexual Health
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Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
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Testosterone Replacement Therapy
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Type-2 Diabetes Management
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Weight Management
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Thyroid Replacement Therapy
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Peptide Therapy
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Nutritional Supplementation
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Skincare and Aesthetics
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Referral to an Expert Specialist*
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Telemedicine Services
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Diagnostic Testing
Help with YOUR HEALTH, the way YOU want it.
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Choose your care: in-person at Defy Medical or online with DefyTelemed virtual visits.

On-site or online. You make the choice. Whether you prefer an in-person doctor visit or the convenience of telemedicine technology, Defy has the healthcare experience for you. Whether you choose the more traditional Defy Medical option at the Tampa clinic, or remote access with DefyTelemed, recent studies and health experts agree that regular care maintains a higher quality of life.

If you choose an in-person visit, the highly skilled Defy Medical staff and a state-of-the-art facility are equipped to treat the full range of women’s health issues under one roof. If you instead choose a virtual visit, Defy also offers a variety of treatments and services remotely through the telemedicine service. DefyTelemed allows continued access to patients on managed care programs (i.e., Testosterone Replacement Therapy) who travel or do not live in Tampa.

No matter how you access care with Defy, you get the best in from knowledgeable medical professionals, including medical doctors, licensed providers and practitioners and administrative teams who are qualified and trained to deliver a high standard of healthcare.

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You can also defy high costs experienced elsewhere with Defy’s innovative self-pay cash option.

One reason women (and men) avoid healthcare is because they are intimidated by the costs they typically expect for the care and for health insurance. That’s why Defy Medical is defying the ordinary way too many providers build this barrier to care. Instead, Defy has driven costs down AND has made access easier with alternative payment methods.

By establishing partnerships with key vendors, including pharmaceutical manufacturers and diagnostic laboratories, Defy Medical can offer affordable cash pay services that may often cost the patient less than when using a third-party payor for similar services. The self-pay cash model allows the clinic to offer affordable access to women’s health services with more time allowed for quality patient care. 

Resources

Learn more about our Women's Health services from our experienced providers. The videos below cover common topics and frequently asked questions from patients. 

Simplifying BHRT for Pre-Menopausal and Post-Menopausal Women

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy in female patients is typically separated into two paths: premenopausal and postmenopausal. In this video, Defy Medical Director Dr. Justin Saya explains the difference. 

 

Weight Management With Defy

Weight management is a complex process with many different factors. Dr. Caleb Calkins explains how he approaches weight management and fat loss with his patients at Defy Medical. 

Optimizing Sexual Health for Women

Hormones play a large role in female sexual satisfaction. Lifestyle, diet and exercise, and other factors can also influence sexual desire in women. Dr. Justin Saya, Defy's medical director, explains our approach to female sexual health.

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If you live in the United Kingdom, Canada, or another country outside of the U.S. and you're looking for guidance on Women's Health and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy – Defy Medical can help you. Our International Consultations allow you to talk with an expert to receive informed recommendations on care.

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Defy Medical is staffed by knowledgeable medical professionals including medical doctors, experienced healthcare professionals, and administrative teams who are qualified and trained to deliver a high level of care.