Who Should I See For Hormone Issues?

Your OBGYN is a great doctor for many things - but when it comes to hormones, you might be better off seeing a hormone specialist. Here’s why:

Conventional doctors receive very little training on hormones, according to hormone expert Dr. Sara Gottfried. In fact, most medical schools devote just one week to the topic. So unless your OBGYN took an interest in hormones after medical school and did extensive research on the subject, they likely don’t know much about treating hormone imbalances.

Functional medicine doctors and BHRT experts, on the other hand, are likely much better experts in hormones and how they work in the body. They use a variety of lab testing to identify hormonal imbalances and design personalized treatment plans to restore balance and often do multiple rounds of testing to understand your unique hormone challenges.

And because they treat the whole person – not just symptoms – they can help you prevent future hormone problems from occurring.

So if you’re dealing with hormone issues like fatigue, weight gain, mood swings or hot flashes, it’s worth seeing a functional medicine doctor who can get to the root of the problem and help you feel like yourself again.

Practitioners Trained in BHRT

If hormone imbalances have you feeling less than your best, it might be time to consider working with a practitioner trained in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

Unlike conventional doctors, hormone experts are better suited to identify and treat hormone imbalances informed by advanced hormone testing through blood, saliva and/or urine tests. Some of these tests also provide a curve to show how your hormones fluctuate in a 12-hour period.

While most general practitioners have limited knowledge about the complex hormone exchange that occurs in the body, hormone experts have a far greater understanding of this system and are far better equipped to recognize symptoms when they arise and connect symptoms to imbalances.

The results you receive from hormone testing can then be used to pinpoint dietary and lifestyle changes along with treatments that will help rebalance your hormones.

A trained practitioner will give you guidance on how lifestyle habits impact your hormones and also provide (if necessary) hormone replacement which will remedy hormonal deficiencies.

Contrary to popular belief, HRT isn't just a one-size-fits-all proposition. HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) is often misprescribed by conventional doctors due to their lack of expertise in the area causing patients to continue to struggle with symptoms. A trained hormone expert will perform additional testing and do further investigation to determine the right amount, the right delivery (patches, pill, or creams) or if lifestyle changes can be predominantly used.

Choosing A BHRT Provider

As a licensed health practitioner with deep expertise in hormone imbalances and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), our team will provide the appropriate guidance for your unique situation so you can determine whether you are a candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

We examine lifestyle factors that could be unnecessarily draining your natural hormone levels and also provide guidance on natural ways to boost your resilience and longevity.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can potentially reduce the risk of adverse side effects, alleviate symptoms leading to a healthier and happier life. If you think that this type of treatment might be right for you, then consider signing up for a free discovery call so we can answer any questions you may have.

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