Types of Doctors Who Prescribe Hormone Replacement Therapy
If you’re considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT), you’ll want a highly qualified doctor to help you make the decision. What types of doctors prescribe HRT and how do you find the best one for you? Here are important factors to keep in mind.
The following doctors prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause:
- Obstetricians-gynecologists (Ob/Gyns) provide medical and surgical care of the female reproductive system. They specialize in managing pregnancy, labor and delivery, and women's health during reproductive years and beyond.
- Internists provide comprehensive healthcare to adults. Many adults see an internist on a regular basis for checkups to monitor their physical and mental health.
- Family practitioners (family medicine doctors) provide comprehensive healthcare to adults and children. They focus on caring for the health of the entire family through all stages of life.
Any of these types of doctors can help you through menopause. Your job is to find the one who best meets your needs. Here are five steps to finding the best doctor to help you manage your menopause symptoms.
Find a doctor who:
- Is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, or family medicine
- Has experience treating women in menopause
- Accepts your insurance
- You are you are comfortable talking with and who fully answers your questions
Start by creating a list of potential doctors. Ask your family, friends, and other healthcare providers for recommendations. If you’re starting without any referrals, or you’re looking for more options, search for doctors on Healthgrades.com.
Healthgrades.com shows patient satisfaction ratings, which give you insight into how your own experience might be with the doctor. Patients rate the doctor and the doctor’s medical practice, and say if they would recommend the doctor to family and friends.
Take time to research the doctors’ credentials and experience. Look for a doctor who is board certified and cares for women in menopause on a regular basis. The more experience a doctor has treating your condition, the better prepared he or she is to advise you on the best type of hormone replacement based on your individual circumstances.
Also, confirm that the doctor is in good standing with state and federal agencies and that he or she has no history of malpractice claims or disciplinary actions.
You’ll find all this information on Healthgrades.com.
As you narrow down your list of doctors, call each office and ask for a consult appointment to meet and interview the doctor.
- Ask yourself if you are comfortable talking with the doctor.
- Does he or she respect your opinions and answer your questions in a way you understand?
Here are some questions to ask the doctor:
- Do you typically treat patients like me?
- How often do you prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?
- What results do you usually see?
- What alternative therapies are available?
- How frequently do you encounter complications from HRT?
- What do you do to avoid complications or correct them if they occur?
Your insurance coverage is a practical matter. To receive the most insurance benefits and pay the least out-of-pocket for your care, you need to choose a doctor that participates in your plan.
But keep in mind, just because a doctor participates in your insurance plan doesn’t mean he or she is a high-quality doctor. You still need to consider the doctor’s experience and expertise.