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Who prescribes hormonal therapy?

The following doctors commonly prescribe hormonal therapy medications:

  • Endocrinologists are internal medicine doctors who specialize in the treatment of endocrine disorders.

  • Obstetrician and gynecologists (Ob/Gyns) specialize in general women's medical care and conditions and diseases of the female reproductive system. 

  • Oncologists are internal medicine doctors who specialize in treating cancer.

Other doctors and providers who prescribe hormonal therapy include:

  • Family medicine doctors provide comprehensive healthcare to adults and children. Some family medicine doctors also provide prenatal care and deliver babies. 

  • Internists provide comprehensive healthcare to adults. Internal medicine doctors do not perform surgery or deliver babies.

  • Midwives, including certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs). These types of midwives are healthcare professionals who provide prenatal, labor, and delivery care, and some gynecologic care, including menopause treatments. The ability of a midwife to prescribe hormonal therapy varies by state.

Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Sep 12, 2016

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Medical References

  1. The Endocrine System: Diseases, Types of Hormones & More. The Endocrine Society. http://www.hormone.org/Endo101/index.cfm
  2. Growth Disorders. The Endocrine Society. http://www.hormone.org/Growth/growth.cfm
  3. Growth Hormone Excess & Deficiency Treatment: Hormone Therapy. The Endocrine Society. http://www.hormone.org/Growth/treatment.cfm
  4. Hyperthyroidism. The Endocrine Society. http://www.hormone.org/Thyroid/hyperthyroidism.cfm
  5. Pituitary Disorders Treatment Options. The Endocrine Society. http://www.hormone.org/Pituitary/treatment.cfm.
  6. Primary Hyperparathyroidism. The Endocrine Society. http://www.hormone.org/Other/upload/primary-hyperparathyroidiam-bilingual-030110.pdf.

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