- CurieMD's telemedicine platform connects patients with board-certified physicians and practitioners through video chat and audio calls. Our initial visits are done over video chat, but follow-up visits can be done through other modes as well.
Each physician and practitioner on the CurieMD platform has many years of experience managing midlife health and prescribing hormone therapy. They are all specially trained on protocols developed by our nationally renowned Medical Advisory Board.
Each appointment lasts about 20 minutes through video conference.
All 20 minute appointments are priced at $39.
The check-in frequency will depend on the medication that you have been prescribed
No. CurieMD is not designed to take the place of your primary care physician or gynecologist, but rather to work hand-in-hand with him or her. As our platform is through telemedicine, we cannot perform in-person tasks, such as a physical exam. However, we can use your physician's input to create a personalized care plan to help support you during your journey through menopause and midlife.
The process for refills varies by the type of medication that has been prescribed:
No you do not. However, we do require these in order to continue prescribing for you. While hormone therapy and oral contraceptive pills are relatively safe and proven methods for helping address symptoms, having a more complete picture of your physical health helps ensure we are adhering to our expert protocols and reducing any risk of complications.
CurieMD requires that all patients have had a normal mammogram within the last 24 months. You do not need to have your mammogram report on hand for the initial visit, but we will require one on file annually in order to provide ongoing refills of estradiol / progesterone and oral contraceptive pills.
Mammograms are advised annually. If you've had one in the past year, our Care Team will work with you to have this report sent to CurieMD. If you are due for one, your CurieMD physician / practitioner can order this for you, and you can bring the order to any imaging center.
While it is common for these facilities to accept most forms of insurance, it is best that you check with the facility directly to be sure that your mammogram and/or blood tests are covered by insurance. CurieMD does not process insurance claims on your behalf.
Forms of systemic hormone therapy medication include:
For patients who have a history of blood clots, experts agree that the risks and benefits of hormone therapy must be carefully weighed. Hormone therapy should not be used in women who have had a stroke or heart attack.
As for the concern about breast cancer risk, the full answer is long and complicated. The short answer is that experts agree that the risk of breast cancer with hormone therapy is extremely low and that in the worst case scenario (the wrong patient group with the wrong hormone formulation), the increased risk is less than one in one thousand.
An expert panel of members of the North American Menopause Society reviewed all available research as of 2017 and found scientific evidence that vaginal estrogen helps by decreasing urinary tract infections, relieving pain with sexual intercourse, decreasing the sensation of vaginal dryness, and by increasing lubrication, blood flow and sensation of vaginal tissues. Vaginal estrogen may also decrease urinary incontinence by increasing the number of blood vessels around the opening of the bladder.
Vaginal estrogen is extremely safe. After menopause, most women will experience vaginal and/or urinary symptoms from the loss of hormones, and a discussion of the benefits of local estrogen with your physician / practitioner is encouraged.
Bioidentical hormones are plant-derived hormones that are chemically similar to the hormones our bodies produce. To produce what we use for hormone replacement therapy, a chemical is extracted from yams or soybeans and then converted to micronized progesterone and estradiol in the laboratory.
No matter what questions you may have, remember CurieMD is here to help as you transition into the next stage of your life.