BHRT doctors know how to test, diagnose and customize your health plans, treatments and therapies.
If hot flashes and night sweats are seriously disrupting your life and making it difficult for you to function, talk to your doctor about how your medical history affects the potential risks and benefits of hormone therapy for you.
If you're troubled by vaginal dryness, ask your doctor if you're a candidate for new therapies that target this problem. You should also ask about other remedies, especially lifestyle changes that can minimize hot flashes.
If you experience any of these symptoms, check with your physician.
It's important to know how to talk to your BHRT doctor or health care professional about whether or not you should decide to start taking hormones.
How to talk to your doctor
First, call ahead and let your provider know that you want to have a discussion about menopause and hormones.
Trying to have this discussion in the middle of a routine yearly visit can be frustrating to both provider and patient.
With advanced warning, your provider can make sure there's enough time scheduled.
Before you go, write down all your questions and points.
It can also be helpful to bring a tape recorder because if you're nervous it can be difficult to hear what the doctor is actually saying.
Also, often providers are more circumspect about what they say when they're being recorded.
If your provider has an opinion, ask why, and what data she or he is basing it on.
It's important to feel that your provider is a partner you can work with in order to find the right approach to fit your life and values.
If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't and you should see someone else.
Don't forget other options such as herbs for menopause, a traditional Chinese doctor, or a homeopath.
For some of you, taking hormones will be the right decision.
For others, it won't.
Medical science doesn't have the right answer. It only has the best guess at the moment.
The most important thing you can do is self educate.
It isn't your doctor or anyone else who knows what's best for you.
For that knowledge, you and you alone are the expert.
Also, pay attention to new studies and try to evaluate the information based on the foundation I have given you.
Medicine is work in progress and BHRT doctors are starting to make some major progress in figuring out the best ways to balance hormones and treat menopausal women.
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