Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical (natural) Hormone Replacement Therapy is derived from natural plant sources and are exactly identical to the hormones that the body produces for itself.
If hormones need to be boosted up to improve a person’s overall health and wellbeing, it is safer and healthier to use hormones that the body recognizes as its own, rather than hormones from horses, imbalanced versions, or overly potent synthetic versions, like the hormones in most pharmaceutical preparations.
What do bioidentical hormones treat?
Bioidentical hormone balance may be helpful in treating hot flashes, vaginal dryness, symptoms of menopause in women or andropause (age-related decrease in testosterone) in men, erectile dysfunction, low libido, fatigue, insomnia, migraines, PMS, infertility, irritability, and skin problems, among others.
What hormones are used?
The bioidentical hormones most commonly used are estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and thyroid hormone. Doses are maintained as low as possible, with the goal being to find and reestablish the body’s natural hormonal balance, not overload it with a particular supplemental hormone.
How do I get them?
With the exception of low potency progesterone creams, bioidentical hormone therapy is generally obtained through a physician’s prescription, and filled through a compounding pharmacy.
A caring and competent pharmacist works closely with the prescribing physician to create just the right combination and dosage for an individual patient.
Are the hormones covered by insurance?
The prescribed bioidentical hormones may or may not be covered by a specific insurance plan.
Some insurance companies will reimburse a percentage of the cost. A Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account Pharmacy can be used for hormonal consultations or prescriptions
The Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for You
There are many over the counter nutritional supplements and nutraceuticals that can help you achieve hormonal balance.
These products should be used under the guidance of a medical professional that understands how to do it safely and effectively.
There are many benefits to having your hormonal profile optimized. You will look, and feel younger, and healthier.
Your physical and mental functioning will be improved, because anti aging hormones also affect your brain as well as your body.
Hormonal balance can give you a sense of well being and optimism that has to be felt to be believed, and once you experience it for yourself, you will never look back!