Here at Windward Healthcare, we offer hormone replacement therapy. Here are some of the common questions we receive and the answers to those questions.
What are the symptoms of a hormone imbalance?
Individuals with a hormone imbalance may have mood swings, unexplained weight loss or weight gain, severe headaches or migraines, difficulty concentrating or memory loss, allergies, thyroid problems, depression, anxiety, and loss of libido.
Will my insurance pay for hormone therapy?
Some insurance companies pay for part of the costs of hormone testing and diagnosis. To find out for sure if your insurance company covers hormone therapy, you should call and speak with a customer service agent of your insurance company.
How much will the hormone replacement therapy cost?
Our chiropractor can give you the details of your treatment plan and the potential costs after your initial appointment. Costs vary depending on your specific circumstances.
What is bioidentical hormone replacement?
There are two types of hormone replace therapy. The first type uses synthetic hormones, which are slightly different than the natural hormones produced by the human body. Bioidentical hormones are manufactured from plants and are nearly the same as the hormones produced by the body.
How long will I have to wait before the treatment starts to work?
Since the bioidentical hormones work with your body to balance your hormone levels, different people experience symptom relief at different rates. On average, most individuals feel better within two to six months.
Will I have to take the hormone therapy for the rest of my life?
Some individuals do need to take the hormones for the rest of their lives. However, it depends on how well your body adjusts to the hormone therapy, and how long it takes your body to heal and balance itself. Additional nutrition and lifestyle adjustments can help the process.
Will this treatment interfere with my other medications?
It depends on the current medications you are taking. If some of your medications contain hormones, then it may affect those medications. You should certainly talk to your doctor prior to starting bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. In some instances, adjustments can be made to your current medications to allow for you to take the hormone replacement therapy.
Is this hormone therapy approved by the FDA?
The hormone therapy has to be specifically made by a compounding pharmacy. The overseeing agency of these medications is the pharmacy boards for your state and local area. Hormones, including estrogen and testosterone, are regulated by the FDA. We encourage our patients to use high-quality, reputable compounding pharmacies for their hormone medications.
Should I get any lab work done prior to my appointment?
It is not necessary to get any lab work or x-rays done prior to coming in for your appointment. If you have lab results and bone density studies, you can bring them in and show them to our chiropractor.
For more information on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and to schedule an appoint, call our Alpharetta office at 678-566-3030.