Many people are under the misconception that bioidentical hormones are not FDA-approved.
Bioidentical hormones are derived from plant sources, such as soy and yams, which are approved by the FDA. Bioidentical hormones may be delivered in the form of creams, patches, pills, gels, pellets of vaginal rings. Bioidentical hormones are designed in a lab and shipped to a compounding pharmacy where they are custom designed to fit the needs of each patient. Because each prescription is custom-compounded for each individual patient, FDA approval and regulation is limited.
Conventional (synthetic) hormones are created in specific, patented doses and delivery methods (not customized), therefore regulation is possible.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
- Q. What are bioidentical hormones?
- Q. Who needs bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)?
- Q. When should I consider bioidentical hormone therapy?
- Q. What is the difference between bioidentical and synthetic hormones?
- Q. What are the ingredients of bioidentical hormones?
- Q. Why do women need hormones before, during and after menopause?
- Q. Why do men need testosterone replacement?
- Q. How long until I see results using bioidentical hormones?
- Q. Are bioidentical hormones approved and regulated by the FDA?
- Q. What makes BodyLogicMD affiliated physicians experts in bioidentical hormone therapy?
- Q. Why don't traditional doctors prescribe bioidentical hormones?
- Q. Do I need a prescription for bioidentical hormone therapy?
- Q. What can I expect once I've become a patient?
- Q. My sex drive is low, could it be my hormones?
- Q. Will my weight change from bioidentical hormone therapy?
- Q. What is pellet therapy?
- Q. What is a compounding pharmacy?
- Q. Will you prescribe me vitamins and supplements?
- Q. Will you take over as my doctor?
- Q. Will this treatment interfere with my currently prescribed medications?
- Q. Do I need to take these hormones forever?
- Q. What are the side effects associated with bioidentical hormones?
- Q. My doctor has prescribed birth control pills for me, are they considered hormone therapy?
- Q. What is the Women's Health Initiative?
- Q. Do bioidentical hormones cause breast cancer?
- Q. What is the best age to consider bioidentical hormone therapy?
- Q. If I have a family history of cancer, should I avoid bioidential hormones?
- Q. How long after being cancer free can I use bioidentical hormones?
- Q. Is estrogen therapy linked to increased risk of heart attack and breast cancer?
- Q. Can BodyLogicMD affiliated physicians use lab work I have already had done?
- Q. Can I have my own doctor do the labs so that it will be covered under my insurance?
- Q. If I decide to start on a bioidentical hormone therapy program, how much will it cost?