If you’re questioning if hormone therapy is right for you, you probably have many questions. What will it do for you? Is it safe? Is it still the same stuff that my grandmother had to take ?
These are all legitimate questions, ones you should be asking. There are quite a bit more, and we want to help you figure out what you can ask your doctor and what you can ask yourself to determine if HRT is right for you.
You may have already run into various 15 question blogs about hormone therapy and left you a little confused. The questions really weren’t that helpful, except to perhaps frighten you away from getting HRT. But, we want to let you know that these aren’t the only questions you should be asking.
Why The Typical 15 Questions About Hormone Therapy Aren’t Helping You
Let’s look at the 15 questions:
Do you frequently experience hot flashes?
Have you become moody, irritable, or short-tempered?
Are you having problems sleeping through the night or do you sweat heavily in your sleep?
Have you been experiencing a low sex drive and low sexual libido?
Has sexual intercourse become painful or do you frequently experience vaginal dryness?
Are you under the age of 60?
Do you have a family history of osteoporosis?
Do you have a family history of colon cancer?
Have you ever experienced a heart attack?
Have you ever experienced a stroke?
Do you have diabetes or high blood pressure?
Have you ever had a blood clot in your lung or extremities?
Have you ever had breast cancer?
Have you ever had any estrogen-driven cancers, such as uterine cancer?
Do you currently suffer from memory loss or dementia?
Are you scared yet?
This might be legitimate questions your doctor will talk to you about, but they should be used for keeping you safe, not determining if you want HRT or not.
Let’s take a look at the two sections, as we have laid out here. They’re often arranged differently on different websites, in case you’ve seen this list before.
First, hot flashes, your mood, and trouble sleeping. Things like a low sex drive, painful sexual intercourse fall under this, too. These are all very typical signs of premenopausal and menopausal hormonal changes. They can also be much earlier signs, such as dealing with adrenal fatigue or just a decrease in production in estrogen or testosterone.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, talking with the doctor who has hormone therapy experience will benefit you.
Now, let’s look at the second set of questions. These questions concern the family history and your health history. They’re essential to know whether a specific type of HRT will benefit you or not.
For example, cancer. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has been shown to help reduce colon cancer, osteoporosis, the risk of heart attack, diabetes, blood pressure, and possibly memory loss. (Traditional or Synthetic HRT has not)
If these types of things run in your family, your doctor should know about it. And this is for two reasons, as well. The first reason is there is a chance that HRT could mask the onset of these problems, and going off of the therapy could accelerate their development. Therefore, your doctor needs to monitor the situation.
Secondly, if the balance of hormones is not right for you, it could cause these problems or make them worse. That’s why it’s crucial for your doctor to test your hormone levels and match the dosage you are taking to your precise needs.
Real Questions To Ask If You Wonder If Hormone Therapy Is Right For You
So, here are the real questions you should be asking.
- What specific hormones are deficient that can be treated?
- What are the products are used therapies (oral supplements, injection, patches, or pellets)?
- What is the success rate treating my type of hormone deficiency with that particular therapy?
- What are the potential side effects of each type of therapy?
- Are the hormones you’re prescribing synthetic or bioidentical?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What is your affiliation with the manufacturer of this particular therapy?
Many of the doctors we work with specifically choose pellet therapy because it has the highest consistency and the best safety record.
Many doctors are constrained by the hospital systems and insurance companies to which medication they can prescribe to people. Many doctors within the hospital system can’t suggest bioidentical pellet therapy because of high-profit contracts with pharmaceutical companies for oral supplementation or injections. Plus, they make a lot of money by repeatedly having you come back to the office.
So, Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right For You?
In many cases, if you are experiencing low sex drive, fatigue, low energy, or any other sign of menopause, hormone replacement therapy most likely will help you. It would be best if you spoke to a doctor to confirm this and to make sure that there are no additional risk factors. Be sure to ask the questions we have above, so you know you are safe and healthy.