Questions to ask your Hormone Therapy Provider
No matter what, trust yourself. Your experience will open the door for another woman.
What is your approach?
What methods do you use?
What results do you hope for your patients?
Do you prescribe testosterone?
What methods of testosterone do you recommend? pellets, creams, injections, patches, lozenges, troches, (synthetic or bio identical), etc.
What level of testosterone do you typically try to help women reach? The ideal answer for Optimization would be "when your symptoms are gone."
How do you test my current levels? Blood draw, Dutch Test (saliva), Prick Test
What do you test for?
How often do you test my levels? recommend doing testing prior to any addition or change in care
Do you run labs through my insurance?
Can I take my prescription to a pharmacy of my choice? you can try to file with insurance or use Goodrx.
If you recommend supplements, do I have to buy yours, or can you provide me a list and I can get my own?
What is your approach with progesterone? (Our community has experienced doctors that don't believe progesterone is needed for women without uterus's. We collectively disagree.
What should I expect the first 30 days?
What symptoms would be concerning?
What if I start gaining weight?
What if my hair starts falling out?
What if I start growing new chin hairs?
What is the cost and payment structure? Typical range for pellet therapy is $350 every 3-4 months, some charge a monthly fee, some it's a full package fee.
Can I communicate with you without making an appointment?
Keep in mind-
YOU are taking your life back into your own hands. We are creating the standard of care among hormone therapists.
It is impossible, right now, to offer a list of providers for each state that meets all of our standards. We have to start with what is available and help the current providers expand to providing the comprehensive care we deserve.
Ask more questions than is comfortable.
Make suggestions and recommendations based on other WHU community members experiences.
If something feels "off", IT IS!
Share and compare your experience with the WHU community.
Above all else, TRUST YOURSELF, trust the journey, and know that you are worth the effort.
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