Hormone Replacement Therapy Q&A

What are hormones?

Hormones are chemicals made by your endocrine glands. These chemicals travel in your bloodstream and relay messages to your organs and body systems, so they know what to do.

Types of hormones include:

Thyroid hormones

These hormones play a role in managing your mood, libido, sleep, and stress. They also regulate digestion, blood pressure, and body temperature.

Any hormone production changes affect normal body functions, which may cause symptoms that interfere with your daily life. 

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy is a treatment for people with low hormone levels. The goal of hormone replacement therapy is to restore hormone balance, alleviate symptoms, and improve health.

A hormone imbalance may occur with any hormone. However, the production of male and female sex hormones, testosterone and estrogen, decreases as you get older. These hormonal changes cause many of the symptoms associated with aging, including low libido and weight gain. 

Hormone replacement therapy is a standard treatment for low testosterone and low estrogen levels. At Inclusive Natural Medicine, Dr. Schneller provides hormone replacement therapy as an oral medication or injection. 

Am I a candidate for hormone replacement therapy?

When you visit Inclusive Natural Medicine for a hormone replacement consultation, Dr. Schneller conducts an in-depth evaluation to determine if you’re a candidate for therapy. 

For new patients, the initial evaluation takes 90 minutes and includes:

A review of symptoms and health concern
A discussion of your personal and family health history
A list of the medications and supplements you take
Questions about lifestyle habits (diet, exercise, stress management)
A physical exam

To determine if hormone therapy is right for you, Dr. Schneller orders lab work to test your hormone levels. If your blood work shows your hormone levels are low, she creates your personalized hormone replacement therapy plan.

Dr. Schneller specializes in the health care needs of the LGBTQI2S community. She may also discuss hormone needs for her transgender and gender-nonconforming patients.

What happens after I start hormone replacement therapy?

You should notice improvements in your symptoms soon after starting your hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Schneller schedules regular appointments to monitor your symptoms, health, and blood hormone levels.

She uses the information gathered during your follow-up appointments to adjust your plan as needed. 

To schedule your hormone replacement therapy consultation at  Inclusive Natural Medicine, call the office or book an appointment online today.