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What Is Bioidentical
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Estradiol Valerate: 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
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
What do you think of bioidentical hormone therapy? Is it covered by regular medical insurance like united heaklth care?
,yes,if you are give: Bioidentical hormones given to a woman who still has ovulation and a monthly flow from endometrial sloughing will improve from the normalization of her hormones as long as she takes Progesterone for twenty one days per month. Bioidentical hormones eliminates most menapausal symptoms, and reverses osteopenia, and reduces the frequency of cardiac events compared to nontreated females. ...Read more
By who?: Compounding pharmacists are supposed to meet certain standards and they custom make bioidentical hormones. Some are manufactured by big pharma such as estrace, aka Estradiol and Prometrium (micronized progesterone) (progesterone) which are bioidentical. They have lots of standards. Don't try to figure this out on your own, find a doctor your trust and let them guide you. ...Read more
I'm having an issue with bioidentical progesterone and having trouble with progesterone doses, how should I regulate it?
Varies: During the normal menstrual cycle, Progesterone levels vary greatly. Thus, for many women who use Progesterone the dose has to vary depending on estrogen levels and other factors. For adjustments, cream rather than capsules allow for better regulation of dose. Generally start with a low dose such as 1/8 teaspoon of Progesterone cream. And work up slowly. ...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
I think so. : In menopause the ovaries are no longer producing both estrogen (estradiol) and progesterone, which are potent female hormones. Every cell in a woman's body has estrogen and Progesterone receptors, not just the reproductive system, so the entire body suffers once in menopause. Find an integrative medicine doctor who specializes in menopause. They are best trained to prescribe bioidentical hrt. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am 56 yrs old had bioidentical horemone pellets inserted.now heavy bleeding and pain still 8 months later..
What side effects should I be concerned about with Progestrone 100 mg ev other day versus bioidentical Progesterone? Age 59, no female surgeries.
Bioidentical hormone: Bio identical hormone therapy has risks just like pharmaceutical hormones. The hormones have hormone actions just like pharmaceutical hormone replacement, but with less standardization and safety standards. They have side effects and risks, just as pharmaceutical replacement. If you need hormone replacement, i would recommend regulated hormone replacement vs. Unregulated hormone replacement ...Read more