COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Answered!

As you might imagine, our office has been getting a lot of questions about the current COVID-19 pandemic. Most of them are being directed to our Front Desk staff and a member of that team, Amanda (pictured above on the left), has taken the time to answer some of them in this blog.

The questions range from simple ones to some that are a little more complicated. So, over the next week or so we’re going to answer the ones that have come up the most often to help our guests feel safe and secure.

1. Are you keeping normal hours?

Yes. View our regular office hours here.

2. What measures are you taking for guest and employee safety?

We are taking numerous steps to ensure the safety of not only our guests but of our entire staff. These include:

  • Now offering telehealth services to our guests. Click here to discover more.
  • Practicing social distancing to the best of our ability while still servicing those in need.
  • Limiting the number of staff that we have in the office at any one time.
  • Rotating paid time off to help limit the number of people in the office.
  • Team members who are able to work from home are doing so.
  • We have suspended most, if not all in-person gatherings and are meeting virtually when possible.
  • Anyone with possible exposure to or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are being told to not come to the office and call to let us know.
  • Outfitting ourselves with appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Taking guest temperature with a laser thermometer outside our front door and conducting quick pre-health screenings before entry into the office.
  • Extra vigilance with cleaning after each guest, paying extra attention to high touch areas such as doors, doorknobs, countertops and faucet handles.

3. Have members of the staff been tested for COVID-19?

All members of the staff are being tested on a consistent and rotating basis.

4. Are many guests canceling appointments or moving them to later dates?

We are actually encouraging telehealth visits with our providers as we prefer to stay on top of our guest’s conditions and health. We are also conducting pre-health screenings the day before appointments and as guests enter the facility.

5. Do guests still use the waiting area? 

No, our parking lot now acts as our waiting area. We will contact you when it’s your time to come into the office.

6. Do you have someone on staff who is an expert in COVID health issues?

Yes. Dr. Joy West is a member of the Chicago COVID Task Force and is ensuring that we are always adhering to all CDC COVID guidelines.

Please reach out to us at 630-687-9595 or complete our contact form if you any further questions. We are eager and grateful to be able to work together with you to provide a safe environment for all.

On behalf of the entire team at The Wright Center for Women’s Health, we wish you and your family good health and continued well-being.

Stay safe

The Wright Center Team

Are You Tired of Being Tired?

It happens to all of us.

As we reach our mid to late 30s our bodies begin to change. Some of the changes we can deal with, but for the most part, these changes don’t really strengthen our quality of life or overall well-being.

Many of these changes are brought on by disruptions to our hormonal makeup. They include but are not limited to:

  • feeling constantly tired
  • weight gain
  • urinary incontinence
  • irregular bowel movements
  • sweating
  • diminished sexual desire

Until the last few years, traditional synthetic hormone replacement was seen as one of the only treatment options for hormonal imbalance. At The Wright Center, however, we’ve moved from traditional treatment methods to a new system called BioTe Therapy.

What is BioTe Therapy?

Developed by medical pioneer and expert, Dr. Gary Donovitz, BioTE® Therapy was designed to deliver the right kind of hormone (biologically identical) in the right amounts (doses based on accurate testing and proper analysis of the results) using the right delivery system (pellets – which deliver straight into the bloodstream whenever the body needs it). Benefits of BioTE include:

  • Regain your healthy sense of well-being.
  • Rediscover your mental focus and clarity.
  • Ignite your passion with improved libido.
  • Protection against heart disease and stroke.
  • Relief of menopause and PMS symptoms.
  • Prevention of osteoporosis, senility and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Improvement of cholesterol levels, muscle mass and strength.

If you’re dealing with what you think may be hormonal imbalance, we invite you to schedule an appointment with one of our partners to learn more.

The Wright Center Continues Precautions Against COVID-19

Even though the State of Illinois recently moved into Phase 4 of its reopening process, that does not mean the risk of COVID-19 lessened.

In the last couple of weeks alone the amount of COVID cases hit a staggering milestone. As of June 26th, 2020, there have been 2.47 million  Americans that have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 126,000 children, siblings, spouses, and parents have passed away. Per Johns Hopkins, Cook County is the county in the US with the most cases of COVID-19. This disease is still here and is still something that we need to respect.

Here at The Wright Center for Women’s Health, we are continuing to do everything in our power to help keep our guests and their families safe from COVID-19. We screen every patient before they walk in the door and we are minimizing the number of patients that we have in the office at a given time.

During slightly busier times, we are utilizing a virtual waiting room where our guests are checked in outside and if need be, wait in their car until we are ready to immediately room them and minimize contact.

We also have each guest who enters The Wright Center wear a face mask for added protection to everyone in the building. We are also offering telehealth visits with all of our providers and we regularly monitor members of our staff for symptoms.

Lastly, here is some information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on helping protect yourselves, your loved ones, and your community from COVID-19.

Important COVID-19 Facts

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person and between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

How to Slow the Spread

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
  • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

Keeping Your Environment Clean

  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household will work.

If you have more questions about what The Wright Center is doing in the fight against COVID-19, please feel free to call our office today at (630) 687-9595.

Curcumin SF

All curcumins are not created equal. Although used for centuries as an ingredient in Asia, most forms are poorly absorbed in the bloodstream, whether coming from food or a nutritional supplement. Curcumin-SF has a 29x greater absorption rate compared to ordinary curcumin.
When taken daily, Curcumin-SF helps maintain a healthy inflammatory response throughout the body. Curcumin enhances the activity of the COMT enzyme, which helps metabolize estrogen via methylation (the main way gene activity is adjusted during life!) in both men and women. In turn, it protects cells from DNA damage from improper estrogen metabolism.
Click here or call our office today to schedule an appointment or telehealth visit with one of our providers to see if this supplement could benefit you!

Iodine+

The thyroid gland takes the iodine you ingest and converts it into two hormones—thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). T4 and T3 regulate our body’s metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Every cell in the body depends on T3 and T4, so if it doesn’t have enough, it isn’t functioning well. Iodine+ also contains two other essential ingredients—selenium and zinc. Selenium and zinc are also needed to help with the formation of active thyroid hormone T3.
When taken daily, Iodine+ provides the body with a substantial amount of iodine to promote healthy hormone production. Moreover, iodine supports healthy breast tissue by up-regulating proteins involved in estrogen metabolism.
 Even healthy eaters may be at risk. Some foods can cause a relative iodine deficiency by binding to iodine, which can make the bound iodine inaccessible for thyroid hormone production. These foods include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, soy, peanuts, pine nuts, turnips, and rutabaga, although cooking these foods tends to make them less apt to do this.
Click here or call our office today to schedule an appointment or telehealth visit with one of our providers to see if this supplement could benefit you!

Omega 3+ CoQ10

Research has established the critical role of omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA in supporting cardiovascular health and blood vessel elasticity. The compound Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an intracellular (meaning present in your cells) antioxidant that’s essential for the health of tissues and organs. It particularly benefits those cells that are most metabolically active, such as those in the heart muscle.
When taken daily, Omega 3+ CoQ10 promotes normal heart function, blood vessel function, and brain health. The DHA and EPA are extracted from the purest fish oil sources available through molecular distillation to ensure the removal of cholesterol and contaminants, including PCBs and heavy metals. CoQ10 is stored in the mitochondria—your cell’s power source—where one of its primary functions is to generate energy for the cells. Because your body’s natural production of CoQ10 tends to decrease as you age, combining CoQ10 with pure fish oil helps your body absorb and use CoQ10 better!
Click here or call our office today to schedule an appointment or telehealth visit with one of our providers to see if this supplement could benefit you!

Arterosil

The endothelial glycocalyx is the protective non-stick lining of your veins and arteries that inhibits cholesterol and other particles from adhering to or penetrating the endothelial wall. It is a delicate structure that can be damaged under many conditions, such as high blood glucose, oxidative stress, and inflammation. When taken daily, arterosil HP delivers the building blocks necessary to help strengthen the artery wall’s protective barrier and may help support healthy circulation, skin, and sexual function.
Click here or call our office today to schedule an appointment or telehealth visit with one of our providers to see if this supplement could benefit you!

Feeling Stressed? Consider Autonomic Nervous System Testing

As we continue to make our way through the Coronavirus pandemic we are hearing from many of our guests that they feel their levels of stress and anxiety has increased.  You may know that long periods of stress and anxiety can leave you feeling tired and worn out, but did you know that it can have serious long-term effects on your health?

Because the “fight or flight” response that is manifested through stress and anxiety is so powerful, it can cause your body to react in extreme ways. Typically, patients who are exhibiting symptoms of long-term, chronic stress will often complain of:

  • Headaches
  • Low energy
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea or constipation
  • Chest pain
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of sexual desire

A powerful side effect of stress and anxiety can be a break down of the body’s immune system. Something none of us need as we work to avoid COVID-19. 

One test that can help us get a look into a guest’s nervous system Autonomic Nervous System Test or ANS. There’s a lot to know about this test, and we’ve provided a pretty comprehensive look at it on our website where we answer questions like:

What is the Autonomic Nervous System?

The ANS is comprised of the nerves that control the function of the internal organs including our heart, intestines, stomach, bladder, sexual organs, and sweat glands. The ANS plays an essential role in keeping the body’s internal environment optimal via monitoring and maintaining proper temperature, electrolyte balance, blood glucose, blood oxygen concentration, blood carbon dioxide concentration, pH, blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate to name a few. As you can see, the nervous system is complex and the ANS plays a huge role in keeping us alive and healthy.

What is an ANS Test?

An ANS test is a simple, painless, and essentially effortless test that we perform in our office. This test consists of having you sit down and place your feet on metal plate. There is also a component where you have your blood pressure monitored. Your heart rate and vascular health can easily be assessed with a pulse ox device on your finger while you perform different breathing patterns. It takes less than 15 minutes and is painless and non-invasive while providing us with important information.

Why is an ANS Performed?

We perform ANS testing because of the vast amount of information it gives us. ANS testing looks at ANS activity, mental stress, vascular health, insulin resistance, and sudomotor function. We get individual scores for each of these components of the ANS and are then able to assess these areas individually. ANS testing allows us to identify areas of the ANS that could be improved on and help you optimize your health.

What Are the Benefits of an ANS Test?

The main benefit of this test is the early detection of ANS diseases, damage, and dysfunction. Since the ANS is not a system that is easily observed, early detection of dysfunction can enable medical providers to help you make changes in your life to prevent disease or early death. Every disease state affects the ANS in some way and this testing helps us identify early, subtle signs of disease.

How Often Should I Get an ANS Test?

Generally, we recommend having an ANS test performed once per year, usually during your Complete Health Assessment prior to your annual. There are some circumstances where the frequency of ANS testing is increased and if necessary, your provider will discuss this with you.

How Much Does an ANS Test Cost?

Here at the Wright Center for Woman’s Health, we bill your insurance for the cost of the ANS test. Since we see so much value in this test and the powerful information we receive, we make the ANS test available to all of our guests at no out of pocket cost to them.

Methyl Factors Plus

Methylation is a biochemical process that impacts the body’s ability to regulate cardiovascular, neurological, reproductive, and detoxification systems. Unfortunately, the nutrients needed for the methylation process are nearly impossible to get from the average American diet, mainly due to the abundance of processed foods and the loss of nutrients in our soil.
When taken daily, METHYL FACTORS+ provides five essential methylation nutrients—methylfolate (5-MTHF), active B6, active B2, active methyl B12, and betaine—in their most bioavailable forms. One of methylation’s most important roles in the body is keeping homocysteine levels in check. Homocysteine is a common amino acid in your blood. Maintaining a desirable level of homocysteine is one of the leading biomarkers for the maintenance of good cardiovascular health. Preventing an undesirable homocysteine level is also associated with the maintenance of bone, female reproductive, cognitive, and neurological health.
Click here or call our office today to schedule an appointment or telehealth visit with one of our providers to see if this supplement could benefit you!

ADK 5 & 10

ADK combines vitamin K2, A, and D3, and features the most bioavailable and bioactive forms of vitamin D3 available. This kind of vitamin D3 is the identical form that is derived in the body from cholesterol and synthesized by sunlight on the skin. Studies have confirmed the safety and efficacy of vitamin D for bone, immune, and heart health.
Osteocalcin is a protein that assists with remodeling our bones by both reabsorbing older bone and laying down new healthy bone. Vitamin D3, the “sunshine vitamin,” is vital in producing osteocalcin. However, D3 needs help from vitamin K2, a cofactor that is essential to the bone-strengthening process. Vitamin A supports these two vitamins, as well as the immune system and a healthy heart.

When taken daily, ADK 5 and 10 promotes the positive effects of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and may help maintain normal bone strength.

Click here or call our office today to schedule an appointment or telehealth visit with one of our providers to see if this supplement could benefit you!

 Call us at (630) 687-9595

COVID-19 Updates

The Wright Center for Women’s Health remains open as we closely monitor the detection and spread of Coronavirus-19. There is no need to cancel your appointment unless you are sick with fever, cough, or having trouble breathing. If you are sick with these symptoms, please do not come to the office and call us to let us know at (630) 687-9595. If you have reason to think you might have been exposed to Coronavirus, do not come to the office – please contact us at (630) 687-9595. Please click here for more information.

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