We deliver specialized women’s wellness services, including Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, and much more. All delivered by Dr. McElligott at the Beaverton location.
Dr. Elizabeth McElligott has over a decade of experience in medicine and as a licensed healthcare provider. Her approach to healthcare is to find the underlying cause of your symptoms and determine where they are coming from so you can make a meaningful and lasting change in your health. Her specific skills lie in the areas of clinical nutrition, women’s health and holistic dermatology.
Dr. McElligott was born and raised in northern Bronx and spent a large portion of her childhood exploring the deep woods along the Hudson River. She moved to Manhattan as a teenager and was exposed to a wide array of cuisine, cultures and encouraged to explore her passions for Theater and community service among the chaos and beauty of New York City.
Dr. McElligott attended Ithaca College, in a small town in the finger lake region of central New York. Ithaca is known for its abundance of waterfalls and mossy terrain, very similar to the landscape of her new home, the Pacific Northwest. After graduating with an English major and double minors in writing and fine art, she set out on her journey west.
Dr. McElligott’s love of Natural Medicine began while working at a health food store in a small town near Lake Tahoe, California. In trying to overcome her own health issues, she discovered the benefits of dietary supplements, complementary and alternative health, and lifestyle medicine.
Dr. McElligott’s treatment approach combines a variety of natural therapies and lifestyle modifications aimed to bring balance to every system in the body. This includes diet, functional nutrition, lifestyle modification, stress reduction, essential oils, herbs, nutraceuticals, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Dr. McElligott is one of just four certified Wiley Protocol practitioners in the state of Oregon specially trained to design hormone replacement protocols that mimic the hormone levels your body naturally produces in a cyclical rhythm.
Dr. McElligott stays abreast of new treatment methods for various endocrine imbalances and works with many health challenges. She has a particular interest in and passion for treating women’s health and endocrine disorders. Dr. McElligott is a budding homesteader and amateur wood-worker. She enjoys being in nature, gardening, cooking, canning, arts projects and hiking with her dog Fitzgerald.
We offer a number of specific Women’s Health services.
Bioidentical hormones have the exact same chemical structure and biological action as hormones made in the human body. Bioidentical hormones are safer than synthetic hormones and are compounded using only natural FDA approved plant-derived molecules that are identical to the ones found in your own body. Bioidentical hormones include estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid hormones.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is safer and more effective than conventional hormone therapy (HRT). BHRT uses plant-based hormones identical to your own versus HRT which uses synthetic hormones not naturally found in humans. The Women’s Health Initiative clearly established that the majority of the adverse events associated with hormone therapy was directly related to whether or not the hormone was synthetic.
We perform a detailed history, thorough exam, and comprehensive workup in order to determine if you are a good candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. We also give progesterone along with estrogen as its anti-cancer properties counter estrogen related cell growth. Nevertheless, cancer risk is a concern for everyone which is why we perform routine exams and screening tests to make sure we are aware of any changes that may be occurring in your body. One of the major advantages of being prescribed BHRT by an experienced practitioner is the ability to monitor your progress throughout treatment and make any necessary adjustments to achieve the greatest benefit with the lowest dose and risk.
There is a large and growing body of evidence of the many benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) for many different people. Because we customize BHRT protocols to each individual and take every step to ensure a positive response and reduce risk the length of treatment is often up to you.
Yes, improving hormonal balance is one of the most powerful ways to improve health throughout your body including sexual drive and function.
A compounding pharmacy has the ability to create customized prescriptions for you that are not commercially available. This means you get the exact dose and form of medication you need, nothing more or less. Because our hormone therapies are compounded using only natural FDA approved plant-derived molecules that are identical to the ones found in your own body we strictly work with compounding pharmacies that are both knowledgeable and properly equipped to do this.
Most insurances consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy elective and therefore do not cover the cost of your hormones. There are some exceptions such as osteoporosis. We work with a network of local compounding pharmacies that offer competitive cash pricing so that often the total out of pocket cost to you is less than or equivalent to your typical prescription copay.
Yes, men and women can benefit from BHRT. Testosterone is a primary hormone in men and blood levels can decline with age. Testosterone directly impact energy, mood, stamina, libido, muscle mass, and cardiovascular health. We see dramatic improvements in all of these areas when BHRT is utilized appropriately.
There are many benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy including stronger bones, improved osteoporosis, improved cognition and mental acuity, libido, energy, stamina, recovery, mood, reduced vaginal dryness, weight loss, and better sex to name a few.