How to find the best menopause care provider
There is no replacement for the one on one, in-person, doctor-patient relationship. In-person visits allow for providers to physically assess your overall health, as well as provide specialized treatment or screenings on demand. The level of trust and the nature of the relationship you have with your provider, can be very powerful and can directly affect your health. This is especially true when you are dealing with the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.
Face to face visits allow for a more valuable relationship to be established between you and your provider. The value of the physical assessment and the benefit of the personal connection made cannot be overstated.
It is often more comfortable to discuss your symptoms and concerns and ask questions in your doctor’s office than it is to ask over the telephone, computer or text. And, ultimately, in-person care allows for the creation of a genuine doctor-patient relationship. If you are struggling with that connection or your doctor isn’t discussing options with you that you would like to consider, such as hormone therapy, this article can help.
If you are fortunate enough to have a relationship with a provider that you trust, and you feel like you consistently receive the quality of care you deserve, please consider recommending his or her practice with our unbiased referral program, so that together, we may help others looking for providers.
If you currently don’t have a healthcare provider that you feel comfortable with, here are my top tips for finding a menopause healthcare provider that might be a good fit for you.
In Person Options
- Determine if you are going to use a healthcare provider that is “in-network” if you plan to use your insurance coverage, or check with your insurance company to determine what your “out of network” benefits coverage is, in the event that the provider does not accept your insurance
- Visit our Recommended Physicians list to see if there have been any referrals submitted in your area. These are not personal referrals from me, but rather a list of individual submissions and testimonials from people worldwide who have had an exceptional experience that they want to share. You can rest assured that my team at the Galveston Diet has done its due diligence to verify each referral listed. If there are no providers in your area, you can also visit the North American Menopause Society website’s Menopause Practitioner database to find a local provider.
- Many people feel most comfortable visiting a physician who is recommended by someone they know, like a family member, co-worker or friend. Ask friends and family if they would recommend their provider, or check in with town-based Facebook groups for some suggested local practices.
- Consider virtual menopause care. I know that finding a healthcare provider to work with can be challenging. Luckily, now, more than ever, there are telemedicine options. Using a search term such as “menopause telemedicine” in a search engine, such as Google, may produce results that are local to your area. Or, you can check out the following companies. The Galveston Diet and I do not endorse these online providers, but they could be a valuable resource to you if you are having trouble finding an in-person provider in your area.
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$35 for doctor consultation with unlimited messaging
|Free onboarding and online chat with a doctor. Available in some states for ages 35-55. Must be pre-qualified for treatment.||Free consultation includes 30 minute no obligation with 50% discount on initial labs|
|Cost||Monthly Plan: $49|
3 Month Plan: $129
12 Month Plan: $348
(additional cost for Rx medications)
|Varies by treatment prescribed||Varies by treatment prescribed||All RX and supplements purchased through Renew Youth|
|RX Cost||Included in monthly fee||$35- $75 per month||Varies from $0.26 – $2 per dose||Not advertised|
Yes FSA/HSA cards
Yes FSA/HSA cards
Yes FSA/HSA cards
Payment options available
|Intake||1. Complete online health profile.2. Virtual consultation to collect details to determine if a good candidate for HT.Health profile incorporates guidelines from ACOG & NAMS.3. Sign up and get connected with clinician who will review health profile and answers to create a detailed treatment plan.4. RX delivered 5. Unlimited messaging included.||1. Complete online quiz to get treatment plan for free.2. Choose personalized treatment plan. If desired, register to chat with a provider within 24 hours (unlimited messaging within appointment window).3. Purchase 3 mos RX shipped to door.||1. If pre-qualified, patient completes a new patient form w/symptoms and medical history.2. Specify treatment preferences (pill/patch/creams)3. Create account and can chat with physician through portal. 4. Can change treatment options through portal.||1. Renew Woman Program/Better Aging Program Consultation includes new client form, lab work and review of results. 2. Doctor customizes treatment plan of medications, supplements and injectables as needed.|
|Diagnostics||Self-administered menopause rating scale.||Provider creates treatment plan based on quiz and online chat.||“Am I in Menopause” Quiz.||Routine labs and symptomatology|
|Treatment Available||Estrogen patch, pill, cream, progesterone, estradiol, venlafaxine, paroxetine, SSRIs||Estradiol pill, patch, cream, paroxetine, Alloy Synbiotic, birth control pills, restorative skincare, O-mazing cream||Estradiol, progesterone cream/pill/ DHEA, female viagra||Estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, meds to balance thyroid and cortisol, HGH, sexual dysfunction therapy, adrenal fatigue therapy, hair loss therapy, injectable nutrient therapy, nutritional support, supplement sales onsite|
|Claims||“Over 80% of members have complete relief of meno symptoms.”||“80% report reduced meno symptoms from estradiol.”||““Trusted by thousands of happy patients.”||“Leader in anti-aging industry.”|
If, after all of your efforts, you are unable to find a provider who you feel can give you the care you deserve, please don’t give up! Continue to check our Recommended Physicians repository and the North American Menopause Society website’s Menopause Practitioner database as providers are being added all the time.
There is nothing more valuable than your health! Understanding the options that are available to you, and finding healthcare providers who are as invested in your healthcare as you are, is critical!
I hope that this information helps you to feel confident and empowered to take control of your health!