Do I need a prescription for Hormone Therapy?
Yes. The only legal way to obtain legitimate Hormone therapy is with a doctor’s prescription. Any product or supplement that claims to provide an increase in testosterone, HGH, or provide any other kind of hormone therapy without a prescription, is a scam. Such products are pretty much useless at best, and dangerous at worst.
There is only one way to legally and safely get actual hormone therapy, and that is to see a qualified Hormone Therapy doctor.
Any physician can prescribe Hormone Therapy for you, however, it is best that you get your prescription from a doctor who is skilled and experienced in hormone therapy for men and women.
These kinds of doctors will be able to take a more holistic approach to your health and hormone therapy and can prescribe additional therapies along with hormone optimization, to help you look and feel your best.
Most general practitioners are not as familiar with the many benefits of hormone therapy as are our doctors and age-management professionals.
Is Hormone Therapy Safe?
Hormone Therapy is a medical procedure. Like any medical procedure, hormone therapy has some risks and side effects. However, many of the stories you may have heard about the risks associated with hormone therapy, such as an increased risk of cancer and heart disease, are all largely unfounded. When you get your Hormone Therapy from qualified and experienced Hormone Therapy doctors like ours, Hormone Therapy is generally regarded as safe, with very little risk.
In fact, recent studies have found that long-term hormone therapy can even REDUCE your risk of heart disease, and of getting certain cancers!
Hundreds of our hormone therapy patients, could tell you about the many positive outcomes they have had with Hormone Therapy, with little or no issues or side effects.
Of course, as with any medical procedure, your individual results may vary depending on your age, gender, and general medical condition. However, you should expect a generally safe, and positive experience from your Hormone Therapy.
What are the benefits of Hormone Therapy?
There are many benefits of Hormone Therapy. Hormone therapy returns what time and nature take away. Hormone therapy brings the levels of critical hormones such as testosterone and growth hormone, back into balance, Hormone therapy will improve your ability to metabolize fat. That will lead to weight loss, and increased strength and energy.
Hormone therapy also:
- Improves sleep
- Increases libido, and improves sexual performance
- Boosts your immune system
- May lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers
- Improves bone density
- Promotes lean muscle growth
- May improve skin health
- May slow hair loss
If you are between the ages of 35- 55 and feeling tired, depressed, gaining weight and facing sexual wellness issues, it is good chance that you could benefit from a doctor’s prescription for Hormone Therapy.
How Does Hormone Therapy Work?
As you get older, the levels of all of your critical hormones decrease. As your hormone levels get lower and more out of proper balance, the symptoms we usually think of as “old age” – fatigue, weight gain, sexual issues, weakness, etc. are the result.
Basically, Hormone Therapy is a way to slow, and in some cases, even reverse the aging process.
Hormone therapy does that by basically returning your ability to repair and replace cells to what it was when you were younger. This can result in stronger muscles and bones, less fatigue, more energy, more efficient burning of fat, and improvement of sexual function.
Generally speaking, when we can boost your hormone levels by re-introducing bioidentical hormones through hormone therapy, all of those process that rely on hormones improve. Any biological process that normally relies on the hormones naturally produced by your glands, will benefit from hormone therapies.
What kind of hormone therapy you will need, and how long you will need to be on Hormone Therapy will vary from patient to patient. Your program will be based on the results of your initial lab analysis, and will be tailored to your specific needs for optimum results.
How Much Does Hormone Therapy Cost?
The cost of Hormone Therapy varies from patient to patient. As a very rough guideline, Hormone Therapy can run from $600 to over $2,500 per month, depending on the amount you use, the brands you use, and where you get it. Typically, a male patient in his 50s would likely spend about $1500 a month on his hormone therapy. A female patient in her 50s might spend around $1200.
Since we prescribe Hormone Therapy on a very individualized basis, it is hard to say exactly what your Hormone Therapy will cost. Your dose, the hormones involved, how long you will need to be on Hormone Therapy, and what additional therapies you may or may not need, will all affect the cost of your treatment.
Are There Ways to Increase Hormones without Hormone Therapy?
Bioidentical hormone therapy is the safest, and most effective way to increase your hormone levels. However, you can boost your natural hormone production through proper sleep and by supporting your body with the right foods and vitamins.
Exercise, particularly High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT has been shown in clinical studies to increase your production of hormones such as testosterone and growth hormone.
Despite the many ads all over the internet and in bodybuilding magazines, there is not one dietary supplement on the market that can come close to the effects of true hormone therapy.
Avoid any so-called “Homeopathic” Hormone Booster sprays or drops. Not to get into a discussion of the validity of homeopathy, but as far as hormone therapies go, such formulas do not contain enough actual hormones to make any kind of difference.
Are There Any Side Effects to Hormone Therapy?
Hormone therapy is an approved medical procedure. Like any medical procedure Hormone therapy can have some side effects.
Reported general side effects of Hormone Therapy include:
- Digestive system problems
- Menopausal symptoms
- Hair thinning
- Effects on your muscles and bones
- Weight gain
- Memory problems
- Mood swings and depression
- Blood clots
However the instances of any of the above are quite rare. In fact, Hormone Therapy when provided by skilled and experienced hormone replacement doctors is quite safe.
One of the reasons why our Hormone Therapy is so safe, is that we only use bioidentical hormones. That means the hormones we prescribe for you are exact duplicates of the hormones produced naturally in by your body. Such bioidentical hormones are exact chemical and physical matches to the hormones produced by your body, which means they are better tolerated and more easily absorbed.
But, the real key to the safety of our hormone therapy programs is the skill and experience of our doctors. Throughout the course of your program, your therapy and your results will be monitored by an expert in Hormone Therapy. Your dosages will be constantly monitored and adjusted to assure the risk of any side-effects are kept to an absolute minimum.