Whitney Greer (a.k.a. Whitney Rogan) speaks on hormone replacement for men and women
by Jami Shelton
Whitney Rogan may be the newest practitioner at Texas Center for Urology, but she’s anything but new to urology.
“My heart truly is invested in urology,” Rogan said. “I grew up around it because I had so many family members with urology problems.” Both her mother and father had them.
“My dad actually had testicular cancer in his 30s, and he suffered with kidney stones for many years, too. My mom also suffered with kidney stones. She’s had 60! I’ve had a lot of people in my life that I’ve known from a young age that had urologic problems, so I knew more about that than I probably should have at a young age.”
“So when I went to PA school, I knew I’d eventually end up going into urology, and after I did a urology rotation at UT Southwestern—my alma mater, that was my favorite rotation so I found my way back to it.”
Rogan, who has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies, started her medical career at USMD Arlington and then worked with another urology group in the metroplex for three years before joining Texas Center for Urology in 2018.
The only female provider at Texas Center for Urology, Rogan has an interest in pelvic organ prolapse for women whose bladder and/or uterus has fallen, atrophic vaginitis, vaginal dryness and women’s sexual health issues, hormone replacement for men and women, as well as general urology.
“Low T or hypogonadism is a common condition that affects hundreds of thousands of men every year. Symptoms may include fatigue, weight gain or difficulty losing weight, loss of mental clarity and muscle mass, lower libido or erectile dysfunction. The diagnosis of hypogonadism is based on the patient’s clinical history and the results of two different low testosterone levels on labs.”
But, Rogan said, the good news is there are multiple treatment options available.
“Most treatment modalities consist of exogenous testosterone, which is introduced into the bloodstream to supplement what the testicles are no longer producing. It’s kind of like hormone replacement in women.”
“Traditional testosterone replacement is offered as gels or skin patches, intra-muscular injections and pellets inserted under the skin. I really like to educate patients, because it’s possible testosterone replacement can hinder the body’s production of sperm. It can decrease the levels of the hormone that signal the testes to make sperm, so it’s important during the consultation to tell the provider of your desires to have children or more children.”
“If a man does want to father children, it doesn’t mean they can’t use testosterone replacement, but in that case, they should take an oral medication or a different type of injection that will increase not only the testosterone levels but also the sperm production.”
“No one with low T has to be left out, no matter their age or family plans, because we have different treatment options available, including Bio-T pellets.”
“We’re one of few practices in the DFW area that offer both bio-identical or plant-based estrogen pellets for women and testosterone replacement pellets for men. The Bio-T pellets are the most convenient form of replacement. Women get their pellets every 3-4 months and men every 4-6 months.”
“They come in for consultation where we order specific labs and then we make an appointment usually one to two weeks later to insert the pellets.”
“I have a lot of empathy for people who have urologic problems and I love seeing them get back to their normal, functioning lives.”
For more information or an appointment with Whitney or any of the three urologists or three physician assistants at Texas Center for Urology, call 817-769-3370. They’re located in the Texas Health Huguley Doctor’s Building, located at 11797 S. Freeway in Burleson, suite 330, but also have offices in Fort Worth, Granbury and Weatherford.
Shelton, Jami. “Texas Center for Urology Welcomes First Female Provider Whitney Rogan to Practice.” Cleburne Times Review, 2 Apr. 2019, pp. A10, www.cleburnetimesreview.com/.