Top 6 Questions About Starting BHRT
Talking about Hormone Optimization can be a little scary and the idea of starting Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can be scary. Often, our doctors open the discussion with patients as way to address their concerns. Here are the top 6 questions about starting BHRT that our patients ask.
1. Can I afford BHRT and will my insurance cover it?
Many insurance companies will cover the tests and blood work needed for therapy. While insurance does not cover pelleting procedures, the pellets are time-released, and may require as few visits as three times a year. This is usually much less expensive than other methods of hormone replacement. It is also important to look at the preventive importance of BHRT over the long term. Optimized hormones can help prevent expensive medical procedures and health concerns (heart disease, osteoporosis, and Alzheimers) in the future.
2. Will the procedure hurt, and can I go home or back to work afterwards?
The pellet procedure is fairly painless. First, the location where the pellets are inserted is numbed with lidocaine, which can be a little uncomfortable. Next, a small incision is made in the buttocks area, which the patient should not feel. After the area is numbed, no pain should be felt at all, only pressure with insertion of the actual pellets. The procedure takes less than 5 minutes and patients can then return to their daily routine immediately afterwards. (Intense exercise, bathtubs and swimming pools should be avoided until the bandage is removed for 3 days for females and 7 in males.)
3. As a woman, will I grow a beard?
The reality is a tiny number (about 2%) of women will experience a few facial hairs, but it is easily avoided and fixed with waxing, shaving, depilatory creams, or laser. There are also some medications and supplements that can help prevent and reduce facial hair.
4. Will I gain weight?
Testosterone will help eliminate visceral fat and increase lean muscle mass. This will lead to body composition changes associated with enhanced overall health. Health diet, adequate exercise, and hormone optimization will result in fat loss and muscle gain.
5. Will testosterone make me irritable or angry?
Testosterone and hormone balancing actually has a calming effect on the body. One symptom of testosterone of deficiency is irritability. By optimizing hormones, patients notice an increase in overall mood and a decrease in agitation and mood fluctuations.
6. Can I get pellets if I am pregnant or trying to conceive?
Testosterone is not recommended during pregnancy, so adequate birth control is recommended. External testosterone in men will also diminish natural testosterone production, which results in diminished sperm count. If a man is currently trying to conceive, it is recommended that they not get on an external source of testosterone until after.
If you want answers to more than the top 6 questions about starting BHRT and would like to speak to a certified BioTE provider, contact our preferred provider, they’re more than happy to answer your questions!