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Can Doctors Prescribe Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Can Doctors Prescribe Hormone Replacement Therapy?

By Dr. Patrick Lovegrove Medically Reviewed by Lindsay Langley, BSN, RN, CHT
Posted Monday, December 26th, 2022
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Can Doctors Prescribe Hormone Replacement Therapy

Doctors Prescribing Hormone Replacement Therapy

What is this hormone replacement therapy, and can doctors prescribe hormone replacement therapy? Hormone replacement therapy is a hot topic in the medical community. Hormone replacement therapy is a term used to describe treatments that involve replacing, supplementing, or balancing hormones in the body—accomplished in several ways, taking hormone pellets pills, using patches or creams, or getting injections. Using hormone replacement therapy treats various conditions, including menopause and andropause.

If you are considering taking HRT, you will want to find a highly qualified and certified doctor to perform this therapy for you. This blog article will discuss whether or not doctors can prescribe hormone replacement therapy.

2 Types of Doctors Who Can Authorize Hormone Replacement Therapy

2 Types of Doctors Who Can Authorize Hormone Replacement Therapy

The following doctors can prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause:

  • Obstetricians-Gynecologists (Ob/Gyn) – Doctors who specialize in obstetrics and gynecology. They provide medical and surgical treatment for the female reproductive system, especially in managing pregnancy. They also treat different types of STD diseases and related conditions.
  • Obstetricians-Gynecologists (Ob/Gyn) – Doctors who specialize in obstetrics and gynecology. They provide medical and surgical treatment for the female reproductive system, especially in managing pregnancy. They also treat different types of STD diseases and related conditions.

Things You Need to Consider When Looking for a Doctor

When you are having symptoms of menopause, you need to see your doctor. Doctors can evaluate your health status. Here is the list you should consider when looking for a doctor to prescribe you bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

  • A doctor who is board certified in either family medicine or obstetrics and gynecology
  • A doctor who has experience and knowledge in treating menopause
  • The doctor you know, and you’re comfortable talking about your conditions
  • Doctors who accept insurance
Conclusion

 So, can doctors prescribe hormone replacement therapy? The answer is yes, but there are some restrictions. In the United States, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is only FDA-approved for use in women who have gone through menopause. Prescribing it to men or postmenopausal women is not possible. Additionally, a licensed family doctor or ob-gyn can only prescribe hormone replacement therapy.

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Dr. Patrick Lovegrove

Dr. Patrick Lovegrove is board certified by the American Board of Family Physicians. He was born in Staunton, Virginia, and graduated from the University of Virginia where he majored in Biology. He received a Medical School Scholarship from the United States Air Force. A graduate of Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, his over 20 years of clinical experience includes Family Practice, Anti-aging, Holistic Internal Medicine, Pain Management, Aerospace, Sports, and Emergency Medicine. He believes that holistic medicine should be integrated with conventional medicine in a scientifically based model to achieve the best results for patients.