Finding a doctor who specializes in female hormones -- commonly called an endocrinologist -- is an easy process. Endocrinologists treat a variety of hormonal problems, and most specialize in certain kinds of conditions, such as menopause, reproductive problems, thyroid disease or diabetes. By taking advantage of resources developed by national professional organizations, as well as local resources such as your family doctor or health insurance provider, finding an endocrinologist who specializes in women’s health issues is simple.
Ask your family physician or gynecologist for a referral. Your doctor is a logical first place to ask about doctors who specialize in female hormones -- not only because your doctor will be aware of doctors in the area who focus on a particular problem, but also because the problem you are looking to solve might be something he or she could manage without needing a specialist. If you do need a hormone specialist, be sure to ask your doctor for names of doctors who he or she would send family members to see.
Contact your health insurance provider and ask for a list of in-network endocrinologists in your area. Your provider should have searchable lists of doctors on its web site or available through its call center. Contact information for your health insurance provider is available on your health insurance card.
Use resources developed by the professional organizations that represent doctors who specialize in hormonal problems. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the Endocrine Society both represent endocrinologists, and both organizations maintain online tools to help patients find local endocrinologists. Both organizations allow you to search by ZIP code, city and area of specialty (such as menopause, women’s health or reproductive medicine).