If you take a trip to your OB/GYN to talk about hormone replacement therapy (HRT), it may be difficult to know where to start. Your doctor, for example, may be hard-pressed to get to the next patient. Or maybe you don't know how to tell him or her that you suspect your low estrogen levels are responsible for your loss of sex drive. However, there's no need to fret, because below you can find five tips about how to talk to your doctor about HRT.
Many doctors are driven to getting patients in and out of the office as quickly as possible so that they can see to more people in a day. But you have a right to demand your doctor's undivided attention - especially when you have legitimate questions about your menopause treatment options.
Do some research about the different types of HRT and their side effects. Come to the doctor's office with literature in hand so that he or she can explain any concepts that confuse you.
Make sure you're not receiving a "one-size-fits-all" treatment from your doctor. Ask for a series of tests that will show you an accurate picture of your hormone levels, so you can figure out together what kind of therapy will be right for you.
When your doctor is talking to you about treatment options, continue to take notes and ask follow-up questions. Do more research based on your conversation. Even once you begin your HRT regime, pay close attention to how you react to the hormones so that you'll have a solid basis for your next conversation with your doctor.
Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone can be prescribed as HRT during and after menopause. The amounts of each hormone prescribed vary from woman to woman, depending on hormone levels and severity of symptoms.
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