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PCOS

What is PCOS and can Trimly help?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that affects 10% of women in their childbearing years (16 - 49). Women with PCOS have a hormonal imbalance and metabolism problems that may affect their overall health and appearance. PCOS is a common cause of infertility. A common symptom of PCOS is unexplainable weight gain with very little success in losing weight with traditional methods such as diet and exercise. Other PCOS symptoms include hair thinning, unwanted hair growth on the body, acne, mood swings, and more. PCOS is also one of the most common causes of infertility.

In 2014, Dr. Aliabadi started treating PCOS patients for weight loss which helped regulate their periods and made it easier for them to get pregnant. She treated their other symptoms at the same time, relieving them of the pain and stress that PCOS can cause. Dr. Aliabadi realized that doctors were typically treating only the symptoms of PCOS patients and not diagnosing the disease itself. She made it her mission to educate women on PCOS and to help them gain back their confidence so that they could live more fulfilled lives.

What is insulin resistance?

Insulin resistance is a common condition in the United States. In simple terms, insulin is a hormone that regulates the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood. When you are insulin resistant, your cells don’t work the same way as someone who is not resistant. Glucose that would normally enter a cell and be used for energy stays in your blood and increases over time which can lead to type 2 diabetes and obesity. When insulin levels are high, it’s almost impossible for your body to burn fat. Your body goes into fat storage mode instead. So when you have a high amount of insulin in your blood, your calories will be stored as fat – regardless if you are on a low calorie diet or not.

Trimly will help reduce insulin and will also help improve other hormones in your body reducing symptoms associated with those imbalances.

Medication

What are the medications that Dr. Aliabadi prescribes?

Depending on your weight loss needs, Dr. Aliabadi will create a special treatment plan for you to reach your optimal weight. She will use FDA-approved GLP-1 medication plus system boosting supplements when needed. These medications are non-habit forming.

What are GLP-1 medications and are they safe?

Glucagon-like peptides (GLP-1), originally used to address type 2 diabetes, help improve blood sugar control which in turn leads to weight loss. There are several types of GLP-1s on the market – the first GLP-1 was FDA approved for weight management in 2014 and since then, multiple others have received FDA approval.

How do GLP-1 medications work?

GLP-1s are powerful hormones made by your small intestine that send signals to your brain and other parts of your metabolic system. They regulate your insulin response and regulate your appetite and digestion so you can feel full longer while maximizing nutritional absorption. The medication used in Trimly addresses the fluctuations of blood sugar and facilitates fat loss.

What are the side effects of GLP-1 medications?

Side effects for GLP-1s may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, upset stomach, dizziness, constipation, feeling bloated, belching, gas, headaches and fatigue. If you do experience side effects, they usually subside after a few weeks of your body getting used to the medication. Each patient will receive a care package of over the counter and prescription medication to help combat the side effects should they arise along with directions on dosage to help keep side effects to a minimum.

How do I take GLP-1 medications?

Most GLP-1 medications prescribed by Trimly are self-injecting pens, meaning you will receive a pre-filled pen and a pen needle. The injection itself is not painful and you will most likely not even feel it. There are alternatives to GLP-1 self-injecting pens, please talk to your Trimly team member for more information.

When will I get my medication?

Once your prescription is sent to the pharmacy and we get approval from your insurance company, it will ship out within 2 days. However, the insurance company approval process can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks. If your insurance company denies coverage, we can help appeal it for you which may take up to another 2 weeks.

If you are paying out-of-pocket for the medication, it will be shipped out to you by FedEx and you will receive it within 3 days. Some patients prefer to avoid approval times from their provider and opt to pay themselves.

How long am I allowed to take the medication?

Depending on the medication and your treatment plan, you will use the medication as long as it remains beneficial to your weight loss goal and maintenance plan.

What should I do if I feel nauseous or I start to vomit?

We recommend that patients maintain the current dose, or lower the dose until symptoms resolve. Our care package will contain medication to alleviate nausea.

Can I use the medication during pregnancy, while trying for pregnancy, or while breastfeeding?

No. Weight loss medications should not be used in pregnancy or while trying for pregnancy or postpartum while breastfeeding.

Why does my injection site feel bumpy?

A bump at the injection site means the medication was injected just under the skin instead into the fat tissue. You want to pinch on an area of fat, ensure the needle is inserted all the way, and keep the needle injected for a few seconds before pulling it out, so all the medication has been absorbed properly. To prevent bumps, scar tissue, or irritation, rotate injection sites.

Treatment

Is the Trimly treatment safe?

Trimly uses only FDA approved medication as part of its treatment. With Trimly you are working with a world-renowned doctor who has been treating patients for weight loss since 2014.

Is Trimly available in all 50 states?

Trimly is serving patients in California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Washington, and Illinois. We will be available in your state in the near future!

Do I have to follow a specific diet on Trimly?

You do not have to follow a specific, restrictive diet on Trimly, but you will lose more weight if you eat a well-balanced diet full of whole foods, lean proteins, healthy fats and fiber. You’ll create better habits that will also help you keep the weight off.

Do I need to exercise on Trimly?

Our goal is to create healthy habits for long-term health. Exercise is not a requirement, but something we strongly encourage. Even if it’s walking 20-minutes a day. Movement is key to good health and Trimly patients have reported that exercise becomes easier as they start losing weight.

Will I gain my weight back when I’m done with Trimly?

The one-year program will help you lose unwanted weight and put your body in weight-loss mode. Some patients continue Trimly for over a year depending on the amount of weight they want to lose. Your Trimly team will create a maintenance plan for you once you reach your goal weight, but like everything else in life, it’s up to you. We will provide you with guidance and tools to create positive eating and exercise habits for long-term health. Most patients adopt a healthier lifestyle as they start shedding weight because they feel good and want to continue the new habits they have adopted.

What if I stop losing weight?

A Trimly team member will monitor your progress along the way. If your weight plateaus, we will review your history and make any adjustments and/or additions needed at that time. Plateaus are normal during weight loss and will be addressed.

What if I don’t want to do this for a whole year?

This is a year-long commitment. Your body is not a light switch. You need to give it time to get used to the medications and allow them to work to their fullest potential. Healthy weight loss is gradual and as you start to see results, you will be more motivated to continue. Some patients continue beyond a year because they want to lose even more weight. Some patients reach their goal within the first 6 months, and they get on the maintenance plan for the rest of the year.

What happens after I reach my goal weight?

We usually recommend patients to continue their medications for 6 more months after their goal weight is reached. This will help with maintaining your weight.

How much weight should I expect to lose on Trimly?

On average, Dr. Aliabadi’s patients have lost between 20-24 pounds in the first 4 months of her treatment and about 40 pounds in the first year. Some patients have reported losing between 60 to 100 pounds. Patients who eat a well-balanced diet and begin some form of exercise tend to lose more weight than those who do not change their current habits.

Eligibility

Who is eligible for Trimly?

Americans ages 12-64 who are overweight with a BMI that is 27 or greater.
Women 12 years and older with PCOS

Who is not eligible for Trimly?

  • Anyone under 12 years of age
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Anyone with an eating or substance abuse disorder
  • Anyone with cancer, active gallbladder disease, a recent bariatric surgery (within the past 12 months), or a history of pancreatitis (in the past six months).
  • Anyone with medullary thyroid carcinoma or a family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma
  • Anyone with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2)
  • Anyone with Type I diabetes

Insurance/Pricing

Is Trimly covered by my insurance?

The one-year Trimly treatment is an out of pocket expense and will not be billed to your insurance company. However, your prescriptions will be billed to your insurance company by Trimly’s pharmacy partner. Over 90% of our patients pay between $25 - $50/month for their prescription (after their RX deductible is met). If your insurance does not cover the cost of the medication to start Trimly, you can either pay for the medication out-of-pocket or receive a full refund from Trimly.

How much does the Trimly treatment cost and what’s included?

The year-long treatment costs $2,500* and will include:

  • A Zoom with world-renowned physician and surgeon, Dr. Thais Aliabadi.
  • Weekly group video office time with Dr. Aliabadi for her to answer questions and provide additional support.
  • A personalized plan with targeted goals that takes your individual factos into account.
  • Prescribed FDA-approved medication.
  • Monthly check-in by a Trimly team member to help track your progress.
  • Ongoing online education and webinars available to Trimly patients regarding nutrition, sleep, meditation, emotional well-being and fertility.
  • Prescription medication to assist in the weight-loss treatment.
  • Incredible patient care.

*Prices and offerings are subject to change without prior notice.

Can I use my HSA or FSA account to pay for my Trimly Treatment?

You can use your HSA or FSA funds to pay for your Trimly medication and the treatment.

What will my copay be for the medication

The copay depends on your insurance plan. Typically the copays are between $25 - $50 once your pharmacy deductible has been met.

What is the out-of-pocket cost for the medication if my insurance doesn’t cover it?

Most insurance companies, including HMOs, approve these medications. If yours does not, you’ll be notified and can then decide if you want to pay out-of-pocket for the medication. The cost for these medications run between $800 – $1,600/month depending on the type of medication. If your insurance company does not approve the medication and you do not want to pay out of pocket, you will receive a 100% treatment refund from Trimly.

Privacy

Is my medical information protected?

Yes, as a healthcare company, we take your privacy very seriously and operate in accordance with the law. We are HIPAA-compliant and have designed our platform to comply with all relevant privacy laws. Strict security protocols are in place to protect your information.