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Are you experiencing decreased energy, fatigue, brain fog, lack of motivation, difficulty sleeping, hot flashes, night sweats, decreased results from exercise, weight gain, and problems with intimacy and sexual health? Have you been to the doctor only to have them run tests and tell you that you’re “within normal limits”? Maybe the doctor prescribes an anti-depressant, a sleep aid, a pain medication, or other medications. These may offer short-term relief of symptoms but usually don’t address the root cause, often have unwanted side effects, and sometimes can make you feel even worse.

What to expect when you begin hormone replacement therapy.


A list of symptoms that may occur from hormone imbalance.
List of symptoms from hormone imbalance.
A list of symptoms from Hormone Imbalance

After a certain age, your body produces fewer hormones. This happens to everyone along with a variety of other symptoms. Decreased hormone levels affect you physically, and mentally. Here at New South Family Medicine and MedSpa, our hormone replacement therapy program is designed to test, monitor, and safely increase your hormones gradually up to a comfortable and high-performing level. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy will help you feel better, sleep better, and live better.





Traditional hormone therapy vs. Bioidentical hormone therapy

Traditional hormone therapy, sometimes referred to as “synthetic,” is FDA-approved and most commonly prescribed for hormone replacement. Bioidentical hormones are compounded at special pharmacies. There is good evidence that women can find relief from symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances without the risks that come along with synthetic hormones. 

Compounded hormones provide patients with an individualized experience that stems from customizing the strength, but also the delivery method. Physicians and pharmacists have the ability to combine hormones into a single dosage form through compounding.


The term "bioidentical" refers to hormones that are chemically identical to those your body produces. The term "natural" means the hormones come from a plant and are not synthesized in a lab. They are available in set standard FDA-approved forms and also can be customized for each patient. These hormones can be delivered in various forms such as:

  • Orally through pills, capsules, or troche

  • Injection

  • Pellet Therapy

Many patients choose hormone pellet therapy for their long-term effectiveness of 3 months or longer. Hormone pellets provide a slow, gradual release of hormones without the common "up and downs" seen in other hormone treatments. They are introduced subcutaneously under the skin using a simple procedure done in the office setting.




Testosterone is about libido, but it's not just about libido! Although testosterone is effective in the treatment of low libido, it also supports bone growth and strength, reduces fatigue, supports muscle mass, and aids in overall mood (anxiety, irritability, and depression). Research supports testosterone replacement for improvement of cognition and rheumatoid effects such as joint pain and urinary incontinence. Testosterone replacement is an important factor in the overall physical and mental health of both men and women. We are here to help!!!





Shannon is a Nurse Practitioner with over twenty years of experience caring for patients in various areas that include urgent care, family practice, and wellness.


She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of West Virginia and her Master's as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh. Her diverse background includes treating a range of concerns from aging skin to helping men and women balance their hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. She has spent the past ten years working directly with hormone patients, offering comprehensive counseling and prescribing BHRT (bio-identical hormone replacement therapy).


Shannon is also extremely passionate about aesthetics and believes both go hand and hand and loves helping patients regain their confidence and establish self-care practices through proper non-invasive aesthetic procedures like Botox injections and dermal fillers. 

Shannon Shippe, FNP-BC Hormone Specialist
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