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Each year, researchers and medical professionals improve their knowledge of the many benefits certain hormones can provide. Age or certain conditions (like polycystic ovarian syndrome) can disrupt the body's natural hormone balance, leaving you feeling tired, sluggish, cranky, or foggy-headed. But attempting to DIY your own hormone replacement therapy can have serious, sometimes life-changing, consequences. Learn more about who to consult if you're wondering about a hormone imbalance and what treatments or therapies may be prescribed.
Who Should You See About Hormone Therapy?
In the past, it was usually necessary to physically attend a doctor's appointment for a thorough examination, including bloodwork, before any hormone therapies could be prescribed. But today, telemedicine can be an option for those who don't want to (or can't) leave their homes. At a telemedicine appointment, you'll use a laptop, tablet, phone, or any other device with video and audio connectivity to speak to a doctor face to face. This will allow your doctor to talk to you about your options, observe your demeanor, and ask you for a closer look at any problem areas.
If bloodwork is needed, your doctor can send laboratory orders to an outside lab. Many of these labs perform house calls, coming by at a pre-scheduled time to collect blood or urine samples that will be tested and transmitted to your doctor.
What Hormone Therapies Are Available?
The right hormone treatment for you will depend on factors like the extent of your hormone imbalance, the severity of the symptoms you're experiencing, what other health conditions you have, your age, your gender at birth, your history of drug use, and your overall health. In some cases, a short-term or minor hormone imbalance can be corrected through the use of a topical gel or cream. This gel allows the hormone to absorb through the skin, where it can instantly begin to work.
In other cases, a daily oral medication (sometimes even a birth control pill) can help the body begin producing and reacting to the appropriate hormones. More severe hormone imbalances may be treated by an injectable medication, another longer-acting medication, or an implant that slowly releases the proper levels of hormones into the body each day. While you're undergoing hormone replacement therapy, your doctor will routinely order blood tests to ensure that your hormone levels remain stable and that the treatment isn't negatively affecting organs like your liver, kidneys, or pancreas.
For more information, contact a local doctor like Dr. Lori Mancuso.