Dr. Carrie Louise Daenell shares if she recommends baseline hormone testing for women.
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You know it’s really popular. People like to have tangible information about where they are, but when it comes to making recommendations to my patients I want to know, "What are we going to get out of this?" and "Will it change the way we work?" Otherwise, I don’t want to trouble them with an invasive procedure or an expensive procedure. So unless something is so confusing that we can’t figure it out, I typically don’t necessarily want to look at blood levels of hormones. Having been in this practice for ten years and treating that many women, when I take the case, when I listen to her story, I pretty much know where to start, and doing those blood levels, all that gives a doctor is a place to start, and every doctor then has to adjust to the individual based on how they are reacting. So I skip that part for most women and go to the place where we know where to start, and we adjust for the individual.
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