Whether you’re a man or woman experiencing age-related changes that could be associated with hormonal imbalances, the decision to start hormone replacement therapy at one of our clinics in Baton Rouge, Shreveport or near New Orleans should be an informed one. Our hormone specialists expect people to have a lot of questions, and we’re more than happy to answer them.
Many patients ask similar questions, so we’ve compiled some of the most common—and important—things to ask during your consultation.
What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?
Hormone replacement therapy has evolved during the past 2 decades as an effective and safe treatment for women and men whose hormonal imbalances cause a range of symptoms, from fatigue and insomnia to sexual dysfunction, hot flashes, and brain fog. Hundreds of studies have shown that medically supervised HRT is a safe and effective treatment that helps alleviate these symptoms and enhances the quality of life.
1. Questions To Ask About Hormone Replacement Therapy
For women, estrogen therapy is often used on its own to treat symptoms associated with menopause. But we customize treatment plans based on lab work and the patient’s specific symptoms, so HRT for women may combine estrogen with progesterone therapy, among other options. Testosterone replacement therapy is most common for men with low T, but growth hormone therapy and DHEA therapy may also be prescribed.
2. How long can you continue being on HRT?
The length of time someone can remain on hormone replacement therapy varies depending on the treatment plan and the person’s condition, medical history, and goals. Since our hormone specialists monitor patient lab work and treatment response and adjust the therapy as needed, men and women can continue HRT for years. But it can be safely stopped if desired.
3. How do I know if I’m a good candidate for HRT?
At Rejuvime Medical, we have a candidate questionnaire designed for women or men considering HRT. Before starting hormone replacement therapy, we complete a comprehensive lab panel, and one of our specialists reviews the results. This lab work, combined with a patient’s current symptoms, determines if someone is a candidate for HRT.
4. What methods are available for hormone delivery?
Products used to deliver hormones systemically are the most common for HRT. There are multiple options, and you can discuss what would work best for your lifestyle before beginning therapy. The forms available include tablets taken orally, injections, topical creams, and slow-release pellets inserted just below the skin.
5. How much does HRT cost?
The cost of hormone replacement therapy varies from patient to patient, but Rejuvime offers affordable subscription plans to defray upfront costs. An average monthly plan costs $150, which includes medications, consultations with a provider, all lab work, supplies, and any other expenses associated with the HRT plan.
If you’re experiencing symptoms associated with menopause or andropause and believe they’re related to hormonal imbalances, request a consultation with one of our hormone specialists using the online form or call us at (225) 960-1580 (Baton Rouge) or (504) 252-9579 (Metairie).