Services for Women
Embrace is a forward-thinking gynecology and wellness practice focused on your health care rather than disease care.
The mission of our practice is to provide information and expertise that empower you to have a healthy and vibrant life. Embrace your best self.
You owe it to yourself to Embrace your BEST self
At Embrace, your optimal health is our goal. We provide an array of standard and advanced procedures for women at our practice, and also partner with qualified providers to offer the best options available.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy)
Hormones are an important part of the endocrine system in our bodies and when they become deficient, excessive or unbalanced, health problems and even cancer may occur.
Symptoms of hormone imbalance include:
- Loss of libido, or sexual enjoyment
- Hot flashes
- Thinning hair
- Heavy or painful periods
- Depression or Anxiety
- Foggy thinking
If you are experiencing these symptoms, if your sense of well-being is affected or if you’re concerned about cardiovascular disease or osteoporosis, you should consider natural hormone replacement therapy. Many of our patients who have tried natural hormone replacement therapy have noticed a dramatic improvement.
Dr. Marden understands that each person experiences hormone imbalances differently and will work with you to design a customized plan to regain hormone and health balance.
FemiLift is an excellent treatment option for women with concerns of
- Vaginal laxity
- Vaginal atrophy
- Decreased libido
- Painful Intercourse
- Bladder leakage
Over the course of a woman’s life, the effects of childbirth, weight fluctuations and the aging process can stretch the skin, loosen the muscles and damage the collagen of the vaginal wall. This can lead to several uncomfortable symptoms such as: vaginal laxity, vaginal atrophy, involuntary bladder leakage, dryness and discomfort or pain during intercourse. Traditionally, these symptoms could not be effectively treated without invasive methods or surgery. FemiLift™ now makes it possible to quickly and easily stimulate the vaginal area to “heal” itself without any incisions or downtime.
Shockwave therapy uses pulsating acoustic shock waves to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels to increase blood flow resulting in growth of new nerve tissue. It is believed that the energy waves also have the ability to “wake up” dormant stem cells which lead to enhance tissue growth.
The benefits of HERwave therapy are numerous.
- Improves sensitivity
- Treats orgasmic dysfunction
- Tightens vaginal region
- Strengthens vaginal muscles
- Treats vaginal atrophy
- Improves lubrication
- Decreases dryness, burning, and itching
Vaginal PRP Therapy
Many women, even in a time when discussing sexuality has become so open and accepted, still are reluctant to bring up these issues with their doctors. Decreased sexual pleasure for a woman can stem from poor lubrication, pain with intercourse, the vaginal canal being too loose (less sensation) or too tight (discomfort), and difficulty or inability achieving an orgasm. Certainly, a low sex drive, or libido, can also occur, or even develop, alongside the other physical issues. These issues can greatly affect a woman’s self-esteem and thus result in significant stress between partners.
Our bodies have a remarkable capacity to heal themselves. Regeneration of new tissue is accomplished by the natural production of stem cells. PRP involves concentrated platelets, rich in bioactive proteins, which release growth factors to stimulate cellular regeneration and accelerate tissue repair. The benefits of PRP were initially used in wound healing, dentistry and the treatment of sports injuries, but now have evolved to address aesthetic concerns, sexual wellness/dysfunction, overactive bladder and urinary incontinence. PRP is one of the most advanced, effective natural treatments for cellular repair AND rejuvenation throughout the body.
If you tell your doctor you are concerned about thyroid problems, he or she will probably order a lab test. But what if the test comes back negative, yet your symptoms persist? Let’s say you can’t lose weight, always feel tired, and just feel terrible in general. Some thyroid problems cause symptoms without showing up on the standard thyroid panel. After an evaluation, Dr. Marden can let you know if you are a candidate for Thyroid Optimization using natural thyroid therapy.
Signs and symptoms of low thyroid- fatigue, lethargy, feeling cold all the time, hair loss or hair dryness, dry skin, high cholesterol, irritability, slow heart rate, and weight gain.
Testosterone Replacement for Women
A woman’s testosterone levels naturally change throughout her life, her menstrual cycle, and even at different times of the day. A woman with low testosterone does not contain enough to help produce new blood cells, maintain sex drive, or boost levels of other reproductive hormones.
Testosterone belongs to a group of hormones known as androgens. Testosterone levels affect:
- sex drive
- red blood cell production
- muscle mass and fat distribution
Most people think of testosterone as a male sex hormone, but everyone requires a certain amount. While males have more testosterone than females, female adrenal glands and ovaries produce small amounts of this hormone.
Low testosterone can cause one or more of the following symptoms in women:
- muscle weakness
- sleep disturbances
- reduced sex drive
- decreased sexual satisfaction
- weight gain
- fertility issues
- irregular menstrual cycles
- vaginal dryness
- loss of bone density
The two main causes of low testosterone are:
- diminishing levels of the hormone as a normal result of menopause and aging
- problems with the ovaries or the pituitary or adrenal glands
Testosterone decreases naturally as a woman ages. Levels of other hormones, such as estrogen, also reduce over time, especially when a woman reaches menopause.
Around the time that menopause begins, a woman may be more likely to have less testosterone because the ovaries are producing fewer hormones.
Also, medications that combat the side effects of menopause can lower testosterone levels. One such medicine is oral estrogen.
Problems with the ovaries and adrenal glands can also cause lower levels of testosterone. A woman may have reduced levels if her ovaries have been removed, for example, or if she has adrenal insufficiency, which means that the adrenal glands do not work correctly.
A doctor may administer testosterone injections or pellets, expecting these treatments to have the same effect on women as on men: raising energy levels, decreasing fatigue, and increasing the sex drive.
Gynecology Specialty Services
- Annual Exams
- Birth Control options
- Abnormal Bleeding
- UTI and vaginal infections
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Urinary incontinence (leaky bladder)
- Abdominal and/or pelvic pain
- Ovarian Cysts
- Vitamins & Supplements
- Megaburn Injections
- B12 Injections
- Vitamin D3 Injections
- Cardiac Risk Assessment
Embrace is a forward-thinking gynecology and wellness practice focused on your health care rather than disease care. Along with his work to help women live their best lives, Dr. Marden is pleased to be able to offer revolutionary services to help men overcome erectile dysfunction and live healthier, more fulfilling sexual lives. Whether you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, Peyronie’s Disease, or other sexual performance issues, Dr. Marden and the team can help you Embrace your best self.
In addition to serving as an associate professor within the East Tennessee State University Department of Surgery and Family Medicine, Dr. Marden is an associate of the Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute Medical Associates, Inc. and has been providing care to women of Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida for the last thirteen years.