Hormone replacement therapy has been around for decades and while initially, hormone therapy had a rocky beginning due to a lack of knowledge, it is now a very well understood and common treatment for hormonal deficiency. People now can enjoy a prolonged youthful spirit and energy levels through the supplementation of hormones to a more optimal level.
Healthcare within the United States is an ever-expanding sector that is constantly seeing new treatments that are becoming available to more and more people. While people conventionally imagine healthcare beginning and ending at their exam room, today healthcare can extend into the home and many treatments are increasingly available through the power of telemedicine.
Treatments such as hormone replacement therapy have historically been reserved for advanced practice endocrinologists that can have large barriers to entry like hefty patient visit fees and other monetary barriers. By meshing hormone replacement therapy with telemedicine practices, Elite HRT is able to decrease these barriers and allow more people to seek hormonal treatment.
Understanding HRT and what goes into a personalized plan can give you an understanding of the value provided by Elite HRT. Below is a deeper look at HRT to allow you to determine if it is worth the investment into your health.
What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy is a type of treatment that aims to increase the levels of hormones in the body through the direct or indirect supplementation of hormones.
Hormone deficiencies are more common than most people know as the symptoms of aging are closely associated with the symptoms of low hormones. Low energy, decreased sex drive, and a decrease in muscle mass are all often associated with increased age, but they are also indicative of a hormone deficiency.
The direct forms of hormone replacement therapy work by supplementing the hormones directly into the bloodstream through an injection. This method directly elevates hormone levels and circumvents thy body’s natural mechanism for producing hormones. An example of this would be with testosterone replacement therapy where testosterone is directly injected into the body to help establish a better baseline level of testosterone.
The indirect form of hormone replacement therapy involves supplementing precursors or signaling molecules that increase the production of hormones within the body. This method is ideal for treating conditions like HGH deficiencies as the natural administration of HGH follows a pulsating pattern that is not readily imitated through injections.
An example of indirect HRT includes peptide therapy and estrogen blockers. Essentially, these treatments cause changes in the biochemistry and signaling pathways within the body to have the desired effect on hormone levels within the body.
What Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Encompass?
Hormone replacement therapy encompasses a vast range of different treatments. HGH, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and many other hormone replacements exist.
Hormone delivery can also vary, including coming in the form of patches, creams, pills, gels, pellets, tablets (including vaginal tablets), sprays, and injections.
Additionally, most forms of HRT can come with side effects depending on the hormone, but some common side effects across several different types of hormones include mood swings, depression, weight gain, weight loss, and nausea. Thankfully, benefits typically outweigh negative side effects, and HRT helps to combat hormone-related symptoms like erectile dysfunction and menopause symptoms.
At Elite HRT, we have a specialized team that is knowledgeable about all things HRT, and we are ready to help you with whatever hormone deficiency or hormone imbalance you encounter.
With that being said, Elite HRT has a centralized focus on testosterone, HGH, and nutraceutical treatments as they are amongst the most frequent and popular treatment options.
Testosterone replacement therapy, also known as TRT, is a specialized treatment that typically involves the supplementation of testosterone through injection to bring low testosterone levels back within range.
While this covers the basics of TRT, at Elite HRT we go the extra mile to ensure you get the absolute most out of your TRT treatment.
TRT traditionally has had many pitfalls which include an increased risk of testicular atrophy, hair loss, and even the development of breasts. While these are possible side effects of TRT, there are molecules and other medications that can be taken alongside testosterone to decrease the likelihood of developing these symptoms.
Things like HCG, estrogen blockers, and finasteride can be made as a part of your treatment plan to enjoy more of the benefits of TRT and less of the side effects.
HGH replacement therapy is a hormone treatment that aims to increase HGH levels in the body. HGH has many different treatment options available that all aim to increase the availability of HGH within the body.
Most notably, HGH has many natural therapy options to increase levels within your body. These natural methods utilize the power of peptide therapy which boosts the body’s natural production of HGH. This is oftentimes advantageous because it provides the same endogenous pulsating release of HGH that occurs naturally.
With a more natural elevation and administration of HGH, you can get more out of your treatment and ensure you are getting the most bioavailable treatment available.
In addition to natural HGH treatments, Elite HRT also offers direct HGH treatment options that get to the root of HGH deficiency and get your levels back to a better baseline.
With so many options, Elite HRT is able to tailor your HGH therapy to best fit you and your needs.
Nutraceuticals consist of highly refined and concentrated administration of nutrition that can give your body a helping hand to improving overall wellness as well as healthy hormone production. A great example of a nutraceutical is L-Arginine. L-Arginine, when paired with exercise, can help to enhance the growth hormone response while also increasing growth hormone levels.
Another way that nutraceuticals can be utilized is to expand upon the benefits of hormone replacement therapy. For instance, the injection of B12 can further increase your energy levels and the utilization of lipotropic injections can further assist with fat breakdown and redistribution. The combo of both HRT and nutraceuticals can give you the best results possible.
The basic differentiator of nutraceuticals is that they provide your body with the tools and building blocks to support it in a way that can help to attain a better hormonal balance or quality of life. When paired with HRT, nutraceuticals can provide immense benefit and can give your body the edge it needs to be at its very best.
Does Insurance Cover Hormone Replacement Therapy?
While everyone would like to age more gracefully and avoid the negative aspects of aging, these treatments are currently seen as elective and as such are not part of coverage under traditional health insurance plans, meaning HRT is typically an out of pocket cost. Elective procedures and treatments are typically not covered by health insurance and because of this Elite HRT does not accept insurance or other healthcare-associated payments.
While HRT is not covered under insurance, you should still consider the treatment as it is a direct investment into your health and overall wellbeing.
If you think about all of the things you spend money on in an effort to seek a balanced life like vacations, experiences, and material items it adds up quickly. When viewed as an investment into your overall wellbeing, HRT can be a worthy investment as it can directly impact your overall mood, sex life, and your overall physique.
If a hormone deficiency is holding you back, it is worth the time and energy to get a tailored treatment from Elite HRT.
How Much Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Cost?
Hormone replacement therapy and other associated therapies vary significantly in price.
Typically, pricing is determined on a per-dose basis and a multidose vial of the hormone is given for self-injections at home.
Additionally, the price of single-use needles should be incorporated for an accurate cost estimate. Injections of hormones like testosterone are only typically administered twice a month. Most treatments by themselves are under $100 a month but oftentimes they are paired to provide a better result.
Due to the highly customizable and tailored plans provided by Elite HRT, it is hard to estimate the true cost of an HRT plan due to the high variance from patient to patient. If you would like a price breakdown and understand more about the costs of Elite HRT customized plans, a wellness consultant is happy to assist you.
HRT in the past has faced severe barriers of cost because they typically had a lot of overhead costs due to staffing, renting building space, and other factors. Elite HRT can provide more affordable hormone replacement therapy by eliminating most of these overhead costs and doing a majority of business through telemedicine.
By keeping overhead low, Elite HRT can offer treatments at a lower price compared to the competition without sacrificing the quality and highly customized care of a specialized facility.
While a lower price of entry can make it more worth it, the improvements to your overall quality of life and wellness that hormone replacement therapy can provide is truly what makes the treatment worth it.
As you get older you don’t want your hormones to hold you back from enjoying life to its fullest. While aging and slowly becoming less active is okay for some, others would much rather have more energy and vigor.
Hormone replacement therapy can allow you to take back your youthful energy and appreciate life to the fullest capacity.