What To Expect When Visiting A Hormone Replacement (HRT) Clinic
The advertisements screaming out that, “We’re the best hormone replacement (HRT) clinic around!” are everywhere. Whether you are watching television, listening to the radio, surfing the web, or reading the paper, Low T ads are there.
Almost everyone has a different take on the right way to handle hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
And, just as with anything else, when there is a multitude of options, you need to be careful with which one you choose.
Not all hormone replacement (HRT) clinics are made equal. Here is what you should expect:
The Low T Treatment Consultation
You should be able to have a free, but probably brief, consultation with a treatment provider.
To make the most of this, it is best to have some questions prepared. You should receive a simple overview of how they determine who is a candidate for HRT, what the benefits and side effects of hormone replacement therapy are, and how your hormone levels and overall health are managed going forward.
This is as much an interview (you interviewing the provider and the hormone replacement (HRT) clinic) as it is an informational discussion. You will know very soon if the person sitting across you has your best interest in mind.
Finally, pricing can be discussed in detail. Insurance benefits may need to be verified ahead of time.
The First Visit To A Hormone Replacement (HRT) Clinic
Some clinics may combine your first visit with your consultation and begin treatment immediately. This isn’t optimal.
At Testosterone Centers of Texas, we separate the process out, satisfying both insurance requirements and our own extremely high standards of care. Your experience would look a little something like this:
- Attend your free consultation
- Get blood drawn for your 1st lab test (new patient labs must be before 10am)
- Discuss your lab results on your 1st follow-up and set up 2nd lab
- Get blood drawn for your 2nd lab (new patient labs must be before 10am)
- Discuss your lab results on your 2nd follow-up and discuss treatment decision. After two qualifying lab results have been documented, therapy can then be initiated.
When you go to a hormone replacement (HRT) clinic that separates your consultation from your appointments and takes multiple labs, you’re more likely to get an accurate measurement of your hormone levels. This leads to more accurate dosing down the road and a higher likelihood of a positive outcome.
After your initial consultation, you should know your potential out-of-pocket costs and this visit should focus on your individual needs and history with a thorough discussion of the benefits AND risks of HRT.
Remember, not all patients can or should be on HRT. Based on our years of experience, we at TCT know injections are the best overall method for the treatment of Low T and that other options are sometimes more appropriate for estrogen replacement therapy. It is important that if you are on testosterone, estrogen, or progesterone injections that ongoing treatment is handled in an efficient manner.
Ongoing Management At A Hormone Replacement (HRT) Clinic
From here, you should expect close follow up and regular blood work. Hormone replacement therapy does have side effects. Your provider can help to keep them from becoming a problem, but it will be necessary to do repeated blood tests and to regularly evaluate your symptoms and overall response while you’re in the hormone replacement (HRT) clinic.
Typically, we test one month after therapy is initiated and/or a dosing change is made. Once your optimal dose is determined and safe and effective levels are maintained, then blood work is only performed every 90 days.
Convenience matters. If your treatment requires estrogen blockers or blood donation, which are common side effects of HRT, we handle those in house as much as possible. This saves you both time and money.
Choosing the Right Hormone Replacement (HRT) Clinic
If you want to know what to expect when visiting a hormone replacement (HRT) clinic, do your homework. Request a discussion on all available options and whether that particular practice utilizes them or not.
If you are not completely comfortable with the provider’s knowledge on the subject of HRT, you are in the wrong place.
The busiest hormone replacement (HRT) clinic isn’t necessarily the best—you wouldn’t go to McDonald’s for a steak. A provider who cannot speak intelligently on all forms of hormone treatment, including testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone treatment, won’t be able to properly assess what is really right for you.
You wouldn’t have the guy who installs windows build your entire house. Choose the provider and hormone replacement (HRT) clinic that puts you first.
Ask question, get answers, and be sure that you are ready before starting HRT. Don’t let yourself be rushed into such an important decision.
You can schedule a free consultation with one of our providers and have all your questions answered without obligating you to do anything. Find the hormone replacement (HRT) clinic that best fits your needs—click here to contact us today.