WAYNESBORO, Pa. – In 2007, fourth-grade teacher Fawn Stitely started experiencing symptoms of perimenopause. By the end of 2014, she was miserable.
“I was having 17 hot flashes a day – it was like a contraction; I would time them, and they would be three minutes long,” she explained. “I would literally be red and feeling like I was going to faint from the heat. It would take my breath away.”
Periodic insomnia made her feel constantly drained. And, as she looked to female relatives still having hot flashes in their 70s, she didn’t have much hope things would get better.
“There was no end in sight. I was emotionally not well – it was such a difficult time period.”
Stitely started to explore her options and found that some herbs and prescribed synthetic hormones helped ease severe symptoms – but the relief they gave her was only ever temporary.
In Spring 2016, she began seeing Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner Dana Hull of Summit Women’s Group in Waynesboro and by summer, Stitely finally had consistent relief from her symptoms – thanks to Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).
“I have seen the results of it. I will sing its praises,” said Stitely.
Bioidentical hormones are exact replicas of hormones naturally produced by the body and tailored to the specific needs of each patient.
As a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, Hull has an advanced nursing degree that allows her to see and treat patients. CRNPs can order laboratory testing; imaging such as X-rays, MRIs and CT scans; and prescribe medications. Hull also has specialized training in BHRT through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and has patients who travel from as far as about two hours away for her care.
“Natural hormones start to decline a lot sooner than many women realize – as early as the mid-20s,” explained Hull. “Hormonal imbalance can lead to many issues, including anxiety, hair loss, trouble sleeping and mood swings. For women who are candidates for the therapy, bioidentical hormones can really improve their quality of life.”
Stitely said that instead of being brushed off when she explained her symptoms and how they affected her life, Hull took time to listen and evaluate her unique case.
“Dana’s approach was, ‘I find this challenging, but we will figure this out.’”
Hull continues to take her time during appointments to ensure concerns are being addressed and treatments are tweaked as necessary, according to Stitely.
“Dana is really good about listening to you. She’s been wonderful. I just can’t say enough good about her – as a person and as a medical professional.”
The 52-year-old has referred at least three friends to Hull for BHRT.
“You shouldn’t have to suffer. Just give it a shot. Go talk to her,” said Stitely. “You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
For information on Summit Women’s Group in Waynesboro, click here. To make an appointment, call 717-765-5060.
Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.
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