In the thousands of threads I have read here and around the net, sadly..yes, it's the norm.
Perhaps those that find great HRT docs never venture to the net for answers, but
I suspect that HRT is not taken seriously by many physicians.
One of the first things I learned at T-Nation was to take charge of your own health. Insist on labs,
on attention from your Dr. and for answers. If they will not provide them, you fire that Dr, and
find one that will listen and help as well as take your money.
My Dr. is a complete joke, I keep him around for semi annual check ups, blood work and a script
(even though I don't use what he prescribes).