Yes and no.
Compounded bioidentical hormones are not FDA approved due to the customization of each prescription. The FDA does not approve any compounded products for the reason that they are not standardized and prepared on a case-by-case basis. However, the hormones that are used to create compounded bioidentical hormones, which are derived from plants such as soy and yams, are FDA approved hormones that are made in an FDA approved lab. These components are later shipped to a compounding pharmacy to be used in custom-made compounds to fit the needs of each patient. Because each prescription is custom-compounded for each individual patient, FDA approval and regulation is limited. Bioidentical hormones may be delivered in the form of creams, patches, pills, gels, pellets and vaginal rings.
In some cases, BodyLogicMD affiliated physicians will prescribe a non-compounded bioidentical hormone product, when appropriate. Non-compounded bioidentical hormones are FDA approved due to the standardization of each prescription
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?