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FAQs on BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

What is BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

BHRT uses plant-derived hormones refined to be identical to the human hormone molecule. The therapy replaces hormones lost through aging, stress and surgery, and reestablishes healthy levels.

What is the difference between BHRT and SYNTHETIC HRT?

HRT stands for Hormone Replacement Therapy, and it differs from BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) in the type of hormone used. Most commonly, HRT refers to SYNTHETIC hormones extracted from the urine of pregnant horses, or hormones created in a lab. Neither is identical to the human hormone molecule. Improper ratios of ingredients and different chemical structures of the synthetics account for a multitude of side effects in women who use synthetic hormones.

What is the difference between OTC herbal products and BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

The OTC products are plant estrogens (including soy, black cohosh, etc). They are not identical to the human hormone molecule.

What about weight gain?

Unfortunately, statistics show that women going through menopause will gain about 10 pounds. Women on synthetic hormone replacement typically gain 20+ pounds. A woman on BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy usually gains less than 10. Patients who start BHRT in perimenopause (10-15 years prior to menopause) may avoid weight gain by circumventing the energy depletion, sugar cravings and sleep irregularities that are symptomatic of menopause.

Will BHRT help my sex drive?

Many factors can affect the sex drive. Keeping your hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) in balance and at optimal levels plays an important role in maintaining a healthy sex drive.

Can I get BHRT over the counter?

No. BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has to be compounded and custom made just for you. BHRT requires a prescription and is usually available only at a compounding pharmacy.

How much does BHRT cost?

It depends on what hormone(s) you need. The average BHRT patient spends about $30-$45 per month for hormones.

How long should I take my BHRT?

Indefinitely! By maintaining proper levels and balance of your hormones through BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, your health, vitality, strength and quality of life should improve. You are also increasing your protection against killers such as Alzheimer ’s disease, osteoporosis, dementia and colon cancer.

I have personal questions. Who can I call?

Call the Patient Liaison at Custom Dosing Pharmacy. You can reach them anytime at 219-662-5602, or if you prefer, email.