Six Best Questions About BHRT
What are the Six Best Questions About BHRT?
The six best questions about BHRT. Talking about Hormone Optimization can be a little scary, and the idea of starting Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can be scary. Often, our doctors open the discussion with patients to address their concerns. Here are the top 6 questions about starting BHRT that our patients ask.
1. Can I afford BHRT, and will my insurance cover it?
Many insurance companies will cover the tests and blood work needed for therapy. Health insurance does not usually cover BHRT. Fortunately, BHRT pellets are time-released and require only two to three treatments yearly. This is usually much less expensive than other methods of hormone replacement. It is also vital to look at the importance of BHRT over the long term. Optimized hormones can help prevent expensive medical procedures and health concerns (heart disease, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s) in the future.
2. Will the procedure hurt? Can I go home or back to work?
The pellet procedure is relatively painless. Lidocaine injections numb the area the pellets are placed. Lidocaine injections can be somewhat uncomfortable. Next, a small incision is made in the numb area. After the area is numbed, no pain should be felt, only pressure with the insertion of the pellets. The procedure takes less than 5 minutes, and patients can return to their daily routine immediately afterward. Do not partake in intense exercise, baths, or swimming until the bandage is removed. This period is three days for females and seven for males.
3. Does hormone therapy make women grow a beard?
Occasionally (about 2%), women will experience a small amount of facial hair growth. This effect is easily avoided and fixed with waxing, shaving, depilatory creams, or a laser. There are also some medications and supplements that can help prevent and reduce facial hair.
4. Will I gain weight?
Testosterone will help eliminate visceral fat and increase lean muscle mass. Furthermore, this will lead to body composition changes associated with enhanced overall health. Of course, a healthy diet, adequate exercise, and hormone optimization will aid in fat loss and muscle gain.
5. Will testosterone make me irritable or angry?
On the contrary, testosterone and hormone balancing actually has a calming effect on the body. One symptom of testosterone of deficiency is irritability. While optimizing hormones, patients notice an increase in overall mood and a decrease in agitation and mood fluctuations.
6. Can I get pellets if I am pregnant or trying to conceive?
Unquestionably, testosterone therapy should not be used by women during pregnancy. Birth control is recommended during BHRT. External testosterone in men will also diminish natural testosterone production, lowering sperm count. Men in relationships that are trying to conceive should not get on an external source of testosterone.
To sum up, if you want answers to more than the six best questions about BHRT, contact our preferred BHRT provider. They’re more than happy to answer your questions. Want to schedule a FREE consultation to have your questions answered? Schedule an appointment here.!