7 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Hormone Specialist
You’ve done your research, so already you know hormone replacement therapy can help you lead a longer, healthier life. You know hormone replacement therapy can potentially improve the quality of your sleep, lessen your risk of heart disease, improve your circulation, give you more energy, improve your sexual health, and so much more. Now you just need to find a hormone replacement physician to prescribe your medications and guide you toward health and wellness. This article provides seven questions to consider when choosing a doctor specializing in hormone therapy.
How much experience does this doctor have providing hormone replacement therapy?
Be sure to ask the doctor how long they have been practicing hormone replacement therapy. How do they stay current on new practice in hormone replacement therapy? Remember: Your internal medicine physician, endocrinologist, or other doctors who technically provide hormone replacement therapy may not have the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to optimize your experience and even keep you safe. It’s important to find a doctor who actually specializes in this area regardless of whether you’re looking for testosterone replacement therapy, female hormone replacement, or a whole host of hormone replacement therapy services.
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Do I need to visit a doctor’s office for my hormone replacement therapy?
Depending on your personalized treatment plan, you’ll probably need to follow a regimen that requires daily injections. Being able to do this from home is so much easier and more efficient than traveling onsite to a clinic. When evaluating hormone replacement physicians, look for someone who provides the option for telemedicine with around-the-clock support.
Do this doctor begin with a comprehensive evaluation?
Many hormone replacement therapy clinics begin with a small blood sample or even a finger prick to evaluate your levels of testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol. However, these basic biomarkers hardly provide a glimpse into your overall health and the potential effect of male and female hormone replacement therapy on your body. When seeking a doctor specializing in hormone therapy, ask about the specific lab panels and biomarkers they review as well as how often they review them. High-quality male and female hormone replacement therapy should include the analysis of more than 100 biomarkers initially as well as retesting within six to eight weeks and every 25 weeks thereafter.
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Does this doctor provide hormone replacement therapy in isolation, or is to part of an integrative approach?
Reputable hormone replacement therapy clinics focus on whole person care and a true body approach that includes food, exercise, lifestyle changes, supplements, and regenerative medicine also referred to as cellular medicine. This integrative medicine approach is especially important if you’re recovering from an injury, or you have an auto-immune disorder or degenerative condition.
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Can this doctor provide a customized treatment plan?
For example, will your hormone replacement therapy be based on your specific lab results, or will it be a cookie cutter approach? Will the doctor spend time asking questions about your individual health concerns, history, diet, and lifestyle to consider a comprehensive health plan? Hormone therapy for women and men should always include a personalized plan to optimize your health and wellness.
Does this program use precision dosing?
Some hormone replacement physicians apply a blanket dose of hormones rather than looking at your unique health circumstances. Precision dosing is critical.
Will I have a treatment manager?
In other words, does the hormone replacement clinic employ someone who is available to you when you need them most? Will they help you sort through female and male hormone replacement therapy options? Discuss your hormone replacement therapy medication list? Treatment managers can help answer your questions about diet, exercise, dosing, injections, and more—any time of the day or night by video, text, or email.
Ultimately, choosing a hormone replacement therapy specialist is about finding the right fit. You need to be comfortable, and you need to feel as though your doctor truly has your best interests in mind. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to get what you need. Call us today to find out more or to get started.