How OFTEN SHOULD I SEE MY DOCTOR WHILE I AM ON ERT?

Most physicians indicate that with no other underlying medical conditions, you should be checked twice a year. If you are past fifty (or are younger, but are on ERT) you should have a mammogram and a PAP test once each year and at each visit you should have a pelvic examination, a breast examination, and appropriate blood and urine tests. If your uterus is intact and you experience any unusual bleeding, you should call your physician immediately. You should also check with your physician if you experience any other changes in your symptoms or if you have unexpected or unusually uncomfortable side effects as a result of the therapy. Some physicians believe that you should be examined twice each year, whether or not you are on hormone therapy. In addition, do not be afraid to call and ask questions! The same doctor routine applies for women on HRT.

What should I do if my doctor doesn’t believe in ERT?

Ask your doctor why not. Ask if that is his/her general belief for all patients in the practice, or does it pertain specifically to you. If it is because of your medical condition, make sure you understand and are comfortable with your doctor’s reasoning. If this is his or her general opinion and you think you may be helped by hormone therapy, ask your doctor to refer you to someone who may be able to help you, or call your local hospital. Many hospitals today have matching or linking programs which attempt to match a consumer’s need with appropriate physician care and will usually give you a list of two to three doctors whom they believe will meet your needs.

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