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Hormone and Infertility Clinic in Noblesville, Indiana
"Our patients care how much we know and are delighted to know how much we care."
-- Dr. David McLaughlin, specializing in gynecology and hormone treatments
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Meet the Newest Member of the
WSHC Family, Megan Owens Woodard, FNP-C

We are so excited to have the opportunity to have Megan come work with us. As everyone knows over the past year we have gotten busier and busier so we have added a new full time Nurse Practitioner.

Megan Woodard is a family nurse practitioner with special interest in women's health. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Purdue University and began her nursing career at Damar Services working in pediatric psychiatry. Although she will always have a soft spot for pediatrics, her ultimate dream was to take care of women throughout their lifespan. This led to her receiving her Master's of Science Nursing degree from the University of Indianapolis. Megan enjoys spending time with her husband, TJ, and their newest addition to the family, their son, Turner Jeffrey.

She is thrilled to be a part of Dr. McLaughlin's practice and is passionate about providing quality health care to men and women throughout their lives.

Menopause Treatment in Indianapolis

Restoring your youth and helping you feel more like you

The symptoms of menopause can disrupt your daily routine and prevent you from enjoying you life. Hormone imbalance as a result of aging is as natural as aging itself. However, treatment is available to help get your hormones back in balance so that you feel more alert and energetic.

Through early intervention, with bioidentical hormones, Dr. McLaughlin strives to help women cope with the challenges of aging and offer encouragement in maintaining a healthier life. Once your hormone levels are checked, we can see if hormone therapy is right for you. Click here to learn more about Menopause Treatment in Indianapolis.

I started using pellet hormones in 1990 with Dr. McLaughlin and the pellets have been a big help to me, as my nerves were a wreck.
Common Questions About Bioidentical Hormones

Hormone levels affect everybody differently during the stages of their life. A decline in hormone levels may cause fatigue, hot flashes, weight gain and problem sleeping. Hormone therapy helps women take charge of their lives so they can feel more normal and continue to live a joyful life. Dr. McLaughlin and his staff use their experience to help diagnose and treat women that may be suffering from menopause.

What is a bioidentical hormone pellet?

Bioidentical Hormones are derived from plants, particularly the Mexican wild yam, as opposed to being extracted from horse urine (Premarin).

How are the hormone pellets used?

The pellets themselves are about the size has a grain of rice and is placed under the skin. Bioidentical Hormone Pellet therapy is ideal because it provides consistent levels of hormones over several months as the body slowly absorbs the pellet. Many women have trouble absorbing pills, creams and injections.

How long do the hormone pellets last?

The effects of bioidentical hormone pellets can initially be felt in 24 hours by some patients while others may take up to 2 weeks. Typically effects last 3 to 6 months. Because everybody's metabolism is different, there is not a way to determine a specific time frame.

Are there advantages of using bioidentical hormone pellets?

Yes. With bioidentical hormone pellets it is easier to monitor each patient's specific hormone levels (estradiol & testosterone). It would be impractical to measure all the estrogen hormonal components from Premarin.

Why do you prefer to administer Hormone Replacement Therapy through the skin (creams) or under the skin (pellets)?

By administering bioidentical hormone replacement through the skin or under the skin, less medication can be given and higher levels can be achieved. If Hormone Replacement Therapy is given orally, there are increased risks of blood clots in the leg veins, which could possibly travel to the lungs. Oral Hormone Replacement Therapy often increases your cholesterol, and many patients complain of weight gain.

When is the best time to start Hormone Replacement Therapy?

During the peri-menopause or shortly after menopause begins are the best times to begin taking Hormone Replacement Therapy. There appears to be an early window of opportunity for maximum patient benefit when treatment is started early.

What if I've never been on Hormone Replacement Therapy and am 60 years or older and want to begin?

Some patients may have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke if Hormone Replacement Therapy is begun much later after menopause. If this is the case, you may be advised to check your coronary calcium score with a Heart Scan (Cardiac CT).

What is the main potential risk of Hormone Replacement Therapy?

In 2002, the Women's Health Initiative noted an increased risk of breast cancer in patients who took PremPro (Premarin and a synthetic progestin, Provera). For those patients who took Premarin alone, their breast cancer risk was less.

How do you monitor these risks?

We recommend a monthly breast self-exam, annual exams by a doctor and annual mammograms. Tomosynthesis, or 3-D digital mammography, is particularly helpful for those women with dense breasts. By obtaining better quality breast imaging, the need for a breast biopsy is reduced by 15%.

Prior to starting Hormone Replacement Therapy, what other tests may be helpful?

If there is a strong family history of female cancers, we advise genetic testing to see if you are a BrCa carrier, which would increase your risk. Once identified, appropriate monitoring/treatment may reduce your risk up to 90%. If there is a personal or strong family history of abnormal blood clots in the leg or lung, blood tests may indicate that you have a higher risk of developing thrombophlebitis or pulmonary embolus is estrogen is started.

How do I get started with Hormone Replacement Therapy in Indianapolis?

Free hormone testing is available to potential new patients through Mid America Clinical Labs (MACL) in the Indianapolis area. Please call our office if you would like to find out if Hormone Replacement Therapy can improve your quality of life!

David McLaughlin, MD