In recent years, there has been a massive increase in medical practitioners offering hormone therapy to patients. Since insurance doesn’t cover these treatments other than for very specific medical conditions, most patients end up paying cash, leading to big profits. These treatments are usually promoted as “wellness” products, intended to make patients feel younger, stronger, thinner, and just all-around better. But the truth is that there is no clear evidence hormones cause these benefits, and when used improperly, hormone therapy can cause serious risks to patient health, and even cause death.
Today we are joined by Dr. Joyce Varughese, a gynecologist oncologist. As a doctor treating women with gynecologic cancers, she has seen serious harm caused by patients from using unapproved therapies and is here to share important safety information for patients. Dr. Varughese, welcome to the show!