Nothing is more important than your health. Choosing an appropriate doctor is probably the most significant factor affecting your health care. Having a dependable, cooperative and patient doctor plays a huge role in helping you through your illness or medical condition.

As we age, our hormone levels change, a factor that is out of our control but that plays a critical role in our overall health. Both men and women show signs of aging, with women suffering from menopause and men, andropause. In addition to menopause, some women are surgically sterile, or have had hysterectomies, resulting in menopausal symptoms at a young age. New developments in the field of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have occurred in recent years, especially in bio-identical hormones. Bio-identical hormones are similar on a molecular level as the hormones produced by own bodies. Examples of such hormones are currently being prescribed include estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

HRT has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease and heart attacks in women, along with reducing the risk of dementia. Safer and more controlled ways of delivering hormones to the body have been developed over the last few years. HRT and Bio-identical HRT can now be delivered in a variety of ways such as gels, patches, creams, IUDs; all provide controlled delivery of the desired hormone.

If your hormone levels are a concern, a qualified doctor can evaluate whether you require HRT. Before deciding if you are a candidate for HRT, the doctor should assess your medical history. If HRT is the preferred choice, the doctor should monitor you throughout the entire process.

Some steps to help you find a doctor who will provide the appropriate therapy and monitor you for its efficiency and complications, if any:

  1. Consult your current physician for names of doctors who are qualified in HRT.
  2. If your doctor is unable to provide you with any referrals, search for doctors offering HRT therapy in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists database.
  3. In order to narrow your list, go through the list of doctors to note if any of them work with your insurer. You can call the doctor to find out if they accept your insurance provider, or check with your provider directly.
  4. Make an appointment with the doctor who will evaluate your suitability for HRT. Since HRT treatment is a relatively new field, it involves several risks. The doctor should prescribe you this therapy only after a thorough evaluation of your medical history.

In addition to an Internet search for qualified doctors, you can also ask friends and relatives for recommendations.