What is Hormone Replacement Therapy (or HRT)?
Hormone replacement therapy is the replacement of the female sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone and/or testosterone) to alleviate symptoms common during perimenopause and menopause.
What are the different types Hormone Replacement Therapy?
At Prosper Menopause we prescribe forms of hormone replacement that are similar to those made naturally by your own body. These are sometimes referred to as bio or body identical.
The actual mechanism for administering HRT can take many forms including
- Patches (eg. Estradot)
- Pills (eg. Estradiol or Prometrium)
- Gels (eg. Estrogel, Divigel or Androgel)
- Local Vaginal Therapy (eg. Estring, Vagifem, or Estragyn)
The dosage and form will vary according to your particular needs and preferences. In each case, our specialists will prescribe HRT based on the North American Menopause Society Guidelines.
Will HRT be covered by my employee drug plan?
HRT is typically covered by most employee insurance drug plans.
When will I see results with HRT?
The impact and speed with which you will see result will vary from individual to individual. Some women see improvements very quickly but for most women the results are more gradual. You can think of your menopause journey as rungs on a ladder. Some women start at different rungs and move at different speeds towards the top. In all cases, here at Prosper, we, through shared decision making and open communication, climb the ladder together at a pace that works for you.
Can you prescribe HRT if you still have periods?
Yes! Menopause is only one day in your life. For all other days you are either perimenopause or post menopause. Some women struggle with perimenopause for many years before their periods stop. HRT can be useful in such situations to help with symptom relief as they transition into menopause.
Will I require blood work before my appointment?
This is not always the case, however, should blood work be required a requisition will be sent to you prior to the appointment. Most laboratory tests are covered by OHIP.
Will insurance cover the cost of my appointment?
We are a private clinic but some health spending accounts may cover our services. Please check with your provider to see if they cover appointments with nurses or nurse practitioners.
Do you see patients outside of Ontario?
Unfortunately, at this time, we can only see patients who are present in Ontario at the time of their virtual appointment.
Do you see patients in person?
We are currently a virtual clinic only. Appointments are conducted over secure video.
How long can I expect to wait for a reply to my support message?
We strive to reply to all messages within 48 hours.