Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between BHRT and synthetic HRT?
The hormones used in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy are considered “natural” and are derived from yam and/or soy. Once these hormones are extracted from their natural source, they are refined so that they are identical to the hormones naturally produced by the body.
A “synthetic” hormone may have a structure similar to, but not exactly the same as, a hormone produced by your body and can be found in manufactured medications. However, these chemical differences can mean that the synthetic hormones act differently in your body and produce substantially different effects.
What forms can BHRT come in?
One of the biggest benefits to bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is that it can be compounded in a variety of dosage forms. Since bio-identical hormones are formulated by compounding pharmacists, each dose can be compounded to your individual needs. Dosage forms include:
- Transdermal creams or gels
- Slow release capsules
- Vaginal creams or suppositories
- Sublingual troches or lozenge
The most common forms are creams and capsules because they are the easiest to administer, but we invite you to discuss these options and your specific needs with our pharmacists.
Step 1: Measure Hormones
In order to find out which hormones are causing your symptoms, your hormone levels need to be tested. Hormone testing can be done through a blood or saliva test ordered by your healthcare provider.
Step 2: Personal Consultation
Once your lab results are in, your health care provider may require a hormone consultation.
Step 3: Compounded Prescription
If it is determined that compounded bio-identical hormones are the best therapy option for you, then your healthcare provider will prescribe a customized prescription plan. Medical Center Compounding Pharmacy’s compounding staff carefully prepares each prescription using the highest standards.
Which doctors prescribe BHRT?
You can find a list of area BHRT providers here. We recommend that you maintain your current healthcare provider while on your BHRT plan since they are aware of your overall state of health.
Does insurance cover compounds?
We are typically able to bill insurance companies electronically for compounds and would only be required to pay your insurance co-pay. However, there are many insurance plans that greatly vary from one another and are constantly changing, but we will always be glad to try and bill your insurance.
What other supplements should I take with the BHRT?
To obtain the greatest benefit from BHRT therapy, certain nutritional supplements have been found to make these therapies more effective. At Medical Center Compounding Pharmacy we recommend supplements such as omega-3 essential fatty acids, a quality multiple vitamin or B-complex vitamin, vitamin D, and a good probiotic which all provide a good nutrient foundation for any woman.