With so Many People Moving to Colorado, Health and Wellness Options Have Exploded
With the exponential growth in the last several years of residents into the state of Colorado, it is no surprise that the state has also grown substantially in the number of healthcare and wellness options available in the state. With multiple options available in the space, it is more important now than ever to do your research when choosing where you will go for your bioidentical hormone replacement needs.
Your sex hormones, testosterone in men, and testosterone, estradiol and progesterone in women, are highly complex.
Here are some things to look for:
- Does the staff seem educated in the area of specialty that they are treating? This should start with the front desk and translate all the way through to the provider. Education of staff to better serve patients not only from a customer service standpoint, but from a supportive standpoint is crucial. Reputable clinics should have a staff that is educated, and can answer questions thoroughly and honestly.
- Are your levels being tested, along with a thorough review of your symptoms with a provider prior to being recommended a treatment. Bioidentical hormone replacement in the form of testosterone and estradiol for peri-menopause , menopause , and andropause is highly individualized medicine. Expert physicians in this space will not only want to see your lab values, but will want to take an extensive medical history and review symptoms like loss of libido, weight gain, fatigue, hot flashes, anxiety, depression, and several others associated with hormonal imbalance to develop a plan individual to you. Dosing should also be decided only after these steps and with a review of your activity level, age, weight, and goals.
- What does the plan for follow up look like? If a hormone clinic is offering you a year’s worth of prescriptions, with no plan for follow-up to check labs or see you face to face until the following year, run , do not walk to another option. Your sex hormones, testosterone in men, and testosterone, estradiol and progesterone in women, are highly complex. In addition, certain nutrients, like vitamin d, perform like a symphony in your body. Delicate and ever evolving, frequent follow up and balancing are necessary for optimal results, safety, and balance.
- Is the provider certified specifically in BHRT ? Compounding pharmacies do not require physicians to be certified in said therapy in order to order bioidentical hormone replacement for their patients. However, when choosing a physician or facility, be sure that they are certified and have received training specifically in bioidentical hormone therapy before initiating treatment.
Keeping these questions in mind will ensure that with all the options available, you end up in the best hands for better sleep, better sex, better health!
When choosing a physician or facility, be sure that they are certified and have received training specifically in bioidentical hormone therapy before initiating treatment.
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