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Why is bioidentical compounded testosterone covered for men by insurance but few female hormones mostly synthetic and no compounded ones for Women are?
It's a Mystery: One of my greatest frustrations in caring for patients is dealing with insurance coverages.Not only are their discrepancies between sexes but every year they change forcing us to treat the patient with what is covered and not what is best for them. Another example is Breast Reconstruction is covered after breast cancer but testicular prosthesis is not covered after testicular cancer. Mind Boggling ...Read more
Yes & no . . .: Depends upon what you're asking. While "bio-identical" is not a scientifically recognized phrase, concept makes sense: take things that are identical to what body produces. However, there are many commonly used medications that are not "bio-identical" so that really shouldn't be your guiding principle. Instead, ask about alternatives & what you hope to achieve. Re T, shots, patches & creams r good ...Read more
Can a postmenopausal women with antiphospolipid syndrome be treated with bioidentical progesterone and testosterone for symptom relief?
Antiphospholipid: Please look up the "Antiphospholipid syndrome" and carefully read the article on the web. In my opinion , treatment with bio-identical progesterone and testosterone is not related to the antiphospholipid syndrome but you must soon discuss this with your doctor. Please let me know how things turn out. ...Read more
Can bioidentical progesterone, Biest, testosterone, Ativan, Prozac, allergy nasal sprays slow tracer from entering gallbladder during HIDA?
Yes but who cares?: This idea of taking "bio-identical" hormones is getting out of hand. While the concept is cute, it's not a recognized term. There are many good medications that are not bio-identical. Are there safer vs more harmful forms of T? Absolutely! Avoid oral T like the plague b/c liver risk. But whether you use cream, gel, patch or shot is up to you & your doc. Be sure to get labs monitored regularly. ...Read more
Yes!: It enhances the quality of life for both men and women by decreasing the diseases of aging. Cells that require estrogen use testosterone to manufacture estrogen inside the cell by a chemical conversion that uses an enzyme called aromatase.T is present ; extremely important in both women ; men pellet therapy is the only method that allows the body to control the release of hormones raising leve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
50-year-old menopausal woman-went on bio identical testosterone/progesterone-gained 25 lbs since Oct. dispite diet/exercise- is progesterone cause?
(20 year old male) I took 250mg bio identical testosterone cream, which was not prescribed to me, once (never before). Did I close my growth plates?
(20 year old male) I took 300mg bio identical testosterone cream, which was not prescribed to me, once (never before). Did I close my growth plates?
No.: Although that is a rather high dose of topical testosterone, a single dose should not cause lasting harm. Also, one can assume skeletal maturity by age 20 or 21, so the growth plates may already be closed. Be aware that unsupervised testosterone supplementation can cause problems. If unsupervised, you are somewhat likely to increase estrogen and have just the opposite effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If mild,: Consider these harmless lifestyle changes that can boost yor testosterone naturally: sleep hygiene to improve sleep quality and duration (even a few days of poor sleep can drop testosterone levels), lose weight, and optimize the treatment of any chronic disease you may have (uncontrolled illness can lower testosterone). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Multiple factors : Many variable at play here. First is to optimize nutrition. You need healthy fats, including some saturated fat for hormone production. Cholesterol level needs to be optimal (not too low). Avoid high amounts of carbs, which can lead to metabolic syndrome and low testosterone. High body fat can cause excess estrogen which can lower testosterone. Need optimal sleep (7-8 hrs). Heavy weight training. ...Read more
Same as in men: Low testosterone levels in men and women can be returned to normal by testosterone supplementation in order to improve mood, thinking/memory, bone strength, sex drive plus erectile function in men. Testosterone supplementation can help increase muscle & decrease fat in those who also exercise & eat properly. Testosterone has similar risks in both men & women including heart attack & stroke, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Don't understand: Are you wanting you lower your current testosterone level or are you worried about losing it in the future. Your testosterone is now the highest it will be during your entire life. It will decline slowly and normally as you get older. There is no safe and appropriate way to lower it, but there is no need to do so. If it does fall too low, replacement is available later in life. ...Read more
Timing of test: Hello, Testosterone levels should always be taken 8-9 am as the levels are highest then. If this reading was in the am - its normal but on the low side. If you have symptoms of fatigue, obesity, erectile dysfunction, depression, trouble losing weight - could be a sign of low T. Your number seems fine for a 79 year old male. Good Luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Testosterone: Testosterone is a vital hormone found in both males and females. It is the masculinizing hormone and is what changes fetuses from female to male in utero. Testosterone affects energy. Those with too low of levels are fatigued, sluggish, depressed. They often have sleep issues. They also may have low sperm production and low libido. They very well may have an inability to maintain an erection. ...Read more
Blood test: Despite tv ads, don't focus on testosterone level, whether high, low or normal. Instead, eat right ; exercise regularly to maximize your mental, emotional, physical ; sexual performance. Assuming you aren't taking testosterone, it's very unlikely to make too much. But if your doctor has prescribed it, then you need regular testing to be sure you have just enough ; haven't incr'd heart disease risk. ...Read more