NOTICE: The Frequently Asked Question information contained here is general information and is not intended to take the place of your personal physician’s advice, or to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The FAQs contained herein are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions, and should not be used as such. Only a qualified physician can examine your specific conditions, symptoms, test results, history and circumstances to determine if you qualify for and should undertake treatment.
Schedule a blood test through us at either a local Lab Corp or Any Lab Test Now, or we can send you a home do-it-yourself blood test kit to complete and send back. This will test your Testosterone levels and PSA levels.
See a local physician for a standard medical examination. This physician will need to denote whether you are experiencing any symptoms of Low T. These symptoms would include one of the following:
We will need to obtain the following from you to complete a diagnosis:
Your complete medical packet will be looked at and overseen by an RN, PA and a Physician working as a team to determine the best course of action for you. Your patient coordinator will also help walk you through the entire process step by step.
Within 24 hours from LabCorp or Any Lab Test Now. Within 24 hours after receipt from mailing back the home blood lab kit.
You will fill out a downloadable medical history form (link), get a local physical exam (here is downloadable exam form) and contact us to set up a blood test either at a local lab (LabCorp or Any Lab Test Now) or we can mail you an at home blood test kit. Our patient coordinator can walk you through all of this (link). Your physician will then review the complete file and make a diagnosis and write the appropriate prescription they determine. The steps:
Your Hormone Therapeutics physician will set up the necessary lab tests, schedule an initial consultation and send you an email with the instructions on getting your physicial exam and paperwork to fill out (medical history, HIPAA and consent).
The hormone blood testing kits will be mailed to your home or scheduled near to you. Follow the detailed instructions included in the saliva and/or blood spot kit and mail it back to the return address.
You will need to complete the exam, online medical history and all necessary lab tests prior to your first appointment. Once your physician receives your test results, a patient services representative will contact you to discuss the diagnosis and next steps.
A few weeks later, your patient coordinator will follow-up with you and discuss the treatment and monitor your progress, coordinating with your physician as necessary. As you move forward on the program, testing and follow-up will be scheduled every three to four months to discuss your progress, supplements, prescriptions and any concerns or successes you would like to share.
Your physician will prescribe an amount to reduce your symptoms and stabilize your hormone levels at optimal levels in the middle to upper end of the normal and safe range. Androgel and Axiron are one size fits all gels and have a much lower dosage than is typically prescribed for an individual making them much messier for the same amount of testosterone.
Yes, numerous studies have attested to the safety of natural hormone replacement for women and men. We use only bio-identical hormones in our therapy. i.e. hormones equal in molecular structure to what the body produces naturally.
Hormones may be replaced individually, separately or as part of a prescribed combination. Optimal results occur when all declining or imbalanced hormonal conditions are corrected and balanced. We understand the cost limitation on some male hormones, but the cost for Estrogen, Progesterone, Thyroid, and DHEA is considered affordable.
Yes. G hormone needs to enter the body through an injection to be absorbed correctly. This hormone cannot be absorbed through the membranes of the mouth, skin or digestive system. The only clinically proven way to deliver male hormones is as a daily injection Progesterone, Thyroid, DHEA and Melatonin is in pill form.
Supplements companies are regulated differently and this is a legal issue. The FDA categorizes Nutritional Supplements as a Food and not a Drug. A supplement must be “safe for consumption”. Supplement company marketing statements are not restricted as long as they post a disclaimer (ie: supplement X is not intended to diagnose or treat a medical condition). These companies can make almost any claim. A drug is intended to diagnose or treat a medical condition. All drug benefit claims must have scientific proof to back up those claims.
No, we will not become your primary care doctor. We can work with your physician and support that relationship. We want to help balance your hormones and focus on keeping you well. Your primary doctor will continue to focus on managing your medical problems.
Some individuals will feel an immediate pick up. Hormonal rebalancing can be subtle, though, and you may not feel much change right away. Some changes occur within weeks. Cognitive clarity and brain fog often gets better pretty quickly.
You may begin to feel a more subtle difference within a matter of weeks, especially when it comes to sleep patterns and energy levels. Every patient has a different experience, but the end result is the same – a healthier, balanced life.
Everyone is different but generally you can expect:
One of the differences you will notice with us is that we treat you like the unique person you are and one size only fits you. We use prescription drugs when they make sense, but your hormones will be individually prescribed by your physician and precisely mixed by a pharmacist into a formula for you. That formula may be a cream, a lotion, a pill, a shot or a drop in water, but it will specifically for you. Compounding your individual prescription and dosage is a new and exciting development in individualized healthcare. Our compounding pharmacists have the highest quality standards. The hormones themselves, testosterone, estrogen, etc are generic and it’s the precise dosing and mixing that is what helps you get back on the right track.
Bioidentical hormones are derived from plants, such as wild yams or soy, and designed to be structurally identical to the hormones the body produces naturally. The hormonal make-up in each unique prescription can vary – testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, etc. and form- creams, gels, pellets, pills, etc.
These hormones are derived from plant sources, such as soy and yams, which are approved by the FDA, however the methods of delivery and custom doses are not.
Bioidentical hormones may be delivered in the form of creams, patches, pills, gels, pellets of vaginal rings. Bioidentical hormones are designed in a lab and shipped to a compounding pharmacy where they are custom designed to fit the needs of each patient. Synthetic hormones are created in specific, patented doses and delivery methods (not customized), therefore regulation is possible.
Yes. These hormones are compounded prescription drugs that are produced in a specialized pharmacy. Each prescription is hand made from the highest quality ingredients and made by pharmacists that specialize in formulating drugs. Since every patient is unique, the strength or the dosage form needs to be specially made to fit the individual.
Hormones are chemical messengers that cause changes in the body that can affect weight gain or weight loss. Changes in hormone levels are also dependent on the lifestyle we lead and can affect our mood, metabolism, and energy levels.
As males become less active they typically experience a gradual testosterone decline. This hormone is known to boost metabolism and has the benefit of helping lower fat levels. When testosterone is balanced, ideal weight is easier to achieve.
Compounding pharmacies are specialized pharmacies that, under the watchful eye of a licensed pharmacist, can that create tailor-made prescriptions.
If your doctor finds that your overall health and hormonal balance could be improved through vitamins and supplements, they will prescribe them to you.
This is unlikely unless the medications you’re taking contain hormones, like birth control and certain acne medications. In many cases, certain medications are no longer needed, once hormone levels are restored to a healthy balance. This generally happens because balancing hormones improves your overall health. Talk with your doctor and patient coordinator about what medications and supplements you’re currently.
No. It is advisable and strongly encouraged for individuals with a cancer history in their families to be evaluated by a doctor. Your physician can analyze and interpret your hormone levels to better determine cancer risk and strategically devise a plan to assist in disease prevention through bioidentical hormone therapy, nutrition and fitness.
Your lab work should be performed within one month of the physician evaluation to ensure accuracy of specific hormone panels specifically prescribed. Labs must be obtained by your hormone therapy doctor.
Hormone Therapeutics does not directly accept third-party insurance billing. We want you to come to us because you stay well and to catch those core imbalances long before those imbalances lead to disease.
No, we cannot accept labs done by physicians outside of the Hormone Therapeutics network. Your physician can work closely with their labs to ensure accuracy of specific hormone panels prescribed and the timely manner in which the results are delivered.
Approximately $250 per month or $3000 per year. This will cover your physician consultations, the costs you are going to incur in labs, as well as the pharmacies and supplements you will be prescribed by your doctor.
Initially, you will spend between $500 and $600 for the comprehensive lab work, which includes 45 to 50 different tests – specific to males and females, respectively. You will work with your physician to decide the best course of action for your diagnosis and health.