What to expect during your hormone program?
Most women start to notice improvement in symptoms approximately 3 weeks after starting hormone therapy in Cincinnati with an improvement in libido/vasomotor symptoms at that time. Overall sense of wellbeing, mood and effects on quality of life occur at 3-4 weeks after initiation of therapy. Improvements in lipids, CRP (marker of inflammation) and visceral fat usually occur after 6-12 months of therapy.
Your initial consultation with one of our providers for Hormone Optimization Therapy for Women in Cincinnati will begin with a thorough look into your past medical and surgical history, family history, and current medications, with specific attention paid to the symptoms you are struggling with.
Next, we will obtain several blood tests to look at your sex steroid hormone levels, other hormones which can contribute to endocrine disruption, and serum markers to get a better picture of your overall health, including a complete blood count, and vitamin D level. Additional testing is available on request. The consultation and associated blood work is billed to your insurance company.
We will see you back in the office in 1 to 2 weeks, review your test results and initiate therapy if appropriate. We will discuss FDA approved (traditional HRT) and bioidentical compounded hormone therapy and the pros and cons of each. Diet, exercise, lifestyle modifications and optimal supplementation are all discussed as an important part of this therapy.