How to select the right doctor for hormone therapy | Hormone Therapy Center of America

How to select the right doctor for hormone therapy

Not all doctors are educated on how to use hormone therapy to your best advantage. Most of them know that they can obtain a prescription and put you on a simple pill to solve some of the problems, but is it right for you?

How do you know this mass-marketed pill, something meant for everybody, will work for your specific needs? With a half-dozen hormones working together to keep you functioning well if you’re on hormone replacement therapy, don’t you want to make sure it matches your specific needs?

Not All Doctors Are The Same

 

In a recent interview with Dr. Walker, she shared with us some of her frustrations working as an OBGYN and having to wait so long before being able to prescribe hormone therapy.

“So, the traditional approach was basically to do nothing until menopause, even if they had a problem. It was feeling a lot like you don’t treat a disease you know they have until it’s full-blown, at its breaking point. You don’t treat cancer until it’s cancer, not pre-cancer. You don’t treat diabetes until they need insulin.

“You don’t do anything to make anybody’s life better until they are in such pathology that there is nothing else that you can do other than say, “Oh, ya, now you’re in menopause, so we can give you hormones.”

Once Dr. Walker became independent, taking herself out of the hospital system and practicing medicine the way it was supposed to be practiced, she took on the responsibility of matching her patients up with the proper hormone therapy. Not only did her patients start to feel better faster, but she was able to provide them the answers they were looking for.

 

What They Know About Hormone Therapy

 

Above, we have linked to a tool that can help you find a doctor that is specifically trained to treat hormone imbalances for men and women looking to solve their health issues. These are doctors trained to identify hormonal imbalances using blood tests on their patients and treat patients with bioidentical hormones that will best meet their needs.

If one of our doctors is not close to you, you can ask your own questions regarding hormone replacement therapy.

  • Do they test to determine which hormones are deficient?
  • What kind of HRT do they routinely prescribe?
  • What’s the success rate of their patients feeling better?
  • How happy are their patients once on HRT?

 

Unfortunately, most doctors get very little training in hormone replacement therapy. Often, the hospital system has a contract worked out with a pharmaceutical company to provide one or two different medications, and then that doctor uses it to prescribe for everything.

While it may work for you, you may not get all the benefits that you possibly could. This is why you need to be absolutely sure that the doctor you choose is well-versed in hormone replacement therapy and knows how to balance the hormones you take precisely.

 

What They Know About Current Treatment Methods

 

Most people are familiar with either oral supplementation, the pill, or injectable hormone therapy. Many people are familiar with using creams and gels that deliver hormones through the skin or using patches to deliver the medication.

These are old-fashioned methods that have pros and cons. We recommend you read this article to learn about them.

We recommend bioidentical pellet therapy to place a small, rice-sized pellet under the skin that slowly dissolves over time and releases the exact dose of hormones your body needs. Once placed into the skin, you don’t have to worry about it for another three to six months, depending on your cardiac output.

Unfortunately, most insurance companies do not cover pellet therapy, even though it is the safest and most reliable form of hormone replacement therapy. You need to find an independent doctor who can do the proper testing and match your hormonal needs with the appropriate prescription.

We know it can be scary to think about having this kind of medicine injected under your skin, but with a 99.5% success rate, it’s worth looking into. Talking to one of our doctors can help set your mind at ease and get you the information you need to choose this natural therapy.

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