HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY

Julie Murphy, APRN, WHNP is board certified in Women’s Health by the National Certification Corporation. She attained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University in 1991 and began her nursing career at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. She worked as a clinic manager for a majority of her time as an RN prior to attaining her Masters of Science in Nursing in 2013 from the University of Cincinnati. Having three daughters herself, Julie felt it was a perfect fit to specialize in women’s health. She recently relocated from Minnesota to Arizona and is excited to be bringing bio-identical hormone replacement to Esthetic Solutions.

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Since becoming a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Julie has attended many conferences through American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) along with yearly hormone replacement symposiums through Professional Compounding Center of America (PCCA). She has had extensive training in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. She works with women at every unique stage of life, from teen years through post menopause. She can address the many issues they face in the early years including PMS, menstrual cycle disorders, PCOS, migraines and mood disorders through the transition to menopause when they experience fatigue, weight gain, hot flashes/night sweats, sleep disorders, low libido, cognitive changes and bone deterioration. Often times, women experience a multitude of symptoms that are associated with hormone imbalances, yet never get a hormone evaluation.

Julie is also passionate about the field of functional medicine. She partners with her patients to understand their genetic, biochemical and lifestyle factors that influence health. Julie is dedicated to a holistic approach that focuses on health and wellness, patient centered prevention and treating imbalances that lead to chronic disease. She utilizes strategies such as nutrition, exercise, detoxification programs and nutraceuticals along with stress management to empower patients to optimize health and well-being. Julie will work with her patients to get to the root cause of their symptoms. She will look beyond hormones and help women struggling with thyroid, auto-immune conditions, digestive issues, stress/cortisol imbalances as well as insulin resistance and cardiovascular risk.

Statistics show that 80% of women suffer from hormonal imbalance. Many women live with these imbalances without even realizing it and are unaware that hormonal irregularities can be addressed and treated. Not only can women suffer in the early years, but as we age, we experience a physiologic decline in hormones and women experience not only irritating symptoms but it raises the risk for certain health problems.

What is “Bio-Identical” Hormone Therapy?

Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy uses hormones that are chemically identical to those our bodies produce naturally and are plant derived.

These Bio-Identical hormones are typically custom-compounded and come in various forms, including pills, patches, topical creams and troches (sublingual dissolving tablets).

Common Issues Among Young Adults:

  • PMS
  • PCOS
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Painful menstrual cycles
  • Heavy menstrual cycles
  • Endometriosis
  • Migraines
  • Skin issues
  • Mood changes
  • Stress
  • Cortisol imbalances

Common Issues in Adult Years:

  • Weight gain
  • Insulin resistance
  • Infertility
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Estrogen dominance
  • Progesterone deficiency
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Fibrocystic breast tenderness

Common Issues in Menopause Years:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain with sex
  • Weight gain
  • Declining libido
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue and brain fog
  • Hair and skin changes
  • New stressors
  • Bone health
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cognitive changes

What is the Process Like?

Your first visit will consist of a private consultation with Julie, RN, WHNP-BC. Going over your medical history & symptoms to formulate what kind of testing you need. After 2-3 weeks you will come back to our office to review your test results and put you on a plan to get you on the road to recovery.