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Bioidentical Hormones Medication
A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more
Yes. : Bioidentical hormones are hormones produced in a laboratory to be identical in chemical structure to what the body would produce. Many doctors, including myself, consider them safer and more effective than non-bioidentical hormones. ...Read more
Human identical: Bioidentical hormones are generally made from yams or soy and converted in a lab to the exact molecular structure of our own human hormones so they function in our bodies as our own hormones would. ...Read more
One if the same: Bio-identical hormones are identical to the hormones that are made by the human body. The term "bio-identical" does not indicate the SOURCE but rather refers to the CHEMICAL STRUCTURE. The term is used interchangeably with NATURAL as in "found in nature". Ironically, naturally occurring substances cannot be patented so, the pharmaceutical industry chemically altered them in order to get a patent. ...Read more
As an adjunct: Not all women experience severe, debilitating menopausal symptoms. Herbs used by women, like maca, P. mirifica, black cohosh, + vitex are phytohormones which are adaptogenic, meaning, they act as natural SERMS, helping the body adapt to its current hormone levels. If the patient does not want hormones, these may be enough to quell mild symptoms. BI hormone is the preferred rx for replacement. ...Read more
Yes & no . . .: Depends upon what you're asking. While "bio-identical" is not a scientifically recognized phrase, concept makes sense: take things that are identical to what body produces. However, there are many commonly used medications that are not "bio-identical" so that really shouldn't be your guiding principle. Instead, ask about alternatives & what you hope to achieve. Re T, shots, patches & creams r good ...Read more
Less than HRT. : Bioidentical hormones are hormones produced in a laboratory to be identical in chemical structure to what the body would produce. They have less side effects and are more effective than non-bioidentical hormones. However, if the dose is too high or too low, or the hormones are prescribed the wrong way, then the side effects can be the same as non-bioidentical hormones. ...Read more
Yes but who cares?: This idea of taking "bio-identical" hormones is getting out of hand. While the concept is cute, it's not a recognized term. There are many good medications that are not bio-identical. Are there safer vs more harmful forms of T? Absolutely! Avoid oral T like the plague b/c liver risk. But whether you use cream, gel, patch or shot is up to you & your doc. Be sure to get labs monitored regularly. ...Read more
Dr. Should I be taking these bioidentical hormones? 200mgprogesterone &50mg dhea daily. I'm 44 will this bring on menapause? Are they a waste of time?D
Discuss options: It would be inappropriate for us to tell someone whether to take specific medications without knowing more about you and why these medications were prescribed. If you are not satisfied with your current treatment plan schedule a visit with your doctor or seek a second opinion. You could also schedule a Virtual visit on Healthtap now. ...Read more
My hair is long and it's falling out. I stopped taking bioidentical hormones in August as they were interfering with my heart meds?
Not sure I see a: Question here. Please re-phrase your question and re-submit. ...Read more
Presently, there are no BI contraceptive pills available in the US.
Bayer Schering has developed and submitted QLAIRA® (estradiol valerate/dienogest) to the FDA as a "natural" contraceptive and the first in a "New Class" of OCPs. It is patent pending.
Qlaira® delivers 17?-estradiol (E2) plus dienogest (DNG) in a 26/2 regimen. It is available in the UK, is well-tolerated + with good reviews. ...Read more
I recently went on bioidentical hormones. Gyn says life will get better. What's up with the acne, though? 50 looking like 16. Any advice?
Tweak the components: When I manage bioidentical hormones, I get baseline labs, and then treat based on symptoms. Acne can mean too much testosterone or possibly not enough estrogen. I repeat labs when I get "opposite" symptoms like low libido and acne at the same time. Your acne might just need some topical treatment and an effective skin care regimen. Avoiding sugar seems to help acne. ...Read more
I'm taking bioidentical hormones due to menapause and would like to do the hCG diet protocol to lose some weight, can I do both at the same time?
I've heard that hormone replacement therapy can help with hot flashes. Everyone's talking about bioidentical hormones. What exactly are they and are they safe to use?
Natural HRT. : Bioidentical hormones are hormones produced in a laboratory to be identical in chemical structure to what the body would produce. Many doctors, including myself, consider them safer and more effective than non-bioidentical hormones. ...Read more
It is possible: To obtain true human HGH from cadavers. However, this has not been used anywhere in the world since 1985, according to Wikipedia. The HGH available now is recombinant HGH and is created in a lab. ...Read more
Similar: The idea of bioidentical hormones is to give patients the same hormone their body produces without synthetic or chemical alteration. Estradiol (made by the ovary) if delivered through the skin is not altered by the liver & is therefore, bioidentical. Prometrium (micronized progesterone) (progesterone) is bioidentical whereas Provera (chemically altered progesterone) is not. ...Read more
Try HealthTap PRIME: Consultations are through PRIME, our premium service. Remember... it is not a good idea to take anything with hormonal effects that is not an FDA approved drug, because non-approved drugs may or may not have correct ingredients nor pure ingredients, and the advertised effects may or may not occur in humans, plus the side effects are usually uncertain and unadvertised. ...Read more
What do you think of bioidentical hormone therapy? Is it covered by regular medical insurance like united heaklth care?
Often not covered: Bioidentical hormones come in many formulations; some may be covered with the right diagnosis. ...Read more
Please tell me, could a woman taking bioidentical hormone replacement have a finding of assymetric density in a mammogram?
Why is bioidentical compounded testosterone covered for men by insurance but few female hormones mostly synthetic and no compounded ones for Women are?
It's a Mystery: One of my greatest frustrations in caring for patients is dealing with insurance coverages. Not only are their discrepancies between sexes but every year they change forcing us to treat the patient with what is covered and not what is best for them. Another example is Breast Reconstruction is covered after breast cancer but testicular prosthesis is not covered after testicular cancer. Mind Boggling ...Read more
Petrified been taking prometrium 200 mg daily due to estrogen dominance does this bioidentical hormone increase my chances of breast cancer?
Very complex issue: The decision to take hormone therapy is quite complex & should be handled on a one on one basis. The doctor should evaluate each patient individual risk of breast cancer. Treatment should be at the lowest dose that alleviates the menopausal symptoms. There's a very small increase relative risk in breast cancer diagnosis. In symptomatic low risk women the benefit may outweigh the risk ...Read more