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Can you take bioidentical hormone replacement therapy while you still have periods ?
23 doctors weighed in

Dr. Shira Miller
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes.
Whenever you start suffering with menopausal symptoms of estrogen or Progesterone deficiency, you may start to use bioidentical hrt.
This may be several years before your period stops completely.

In brief: Yes.
Whenever you start suffering with menopausal symptoms of estrogen or Progesterone deficiency, you may start to use bioidentical hrt.
This may be several years before your period stops completely.
Dr. Shira Miller
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Dr. Samuel Becker
Progesterone is used first as the estrogen can actually be very high as dysregulation starts.
David Miller
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Replacing what?
If you're still having periods, then you're making your own hormones and not needing to replace them. Birth control pills can be used to help regulate irregular periods.
Bioidentical hormone replacement is used in post-menopausal women who are no longer making their own hormones.

In brief: Replacing what?
If you're still having periods, then you're making your own hormones and not needing to replace them. Birth control pills can be used to help regulate irregular periods.
Bioidentical hormone replacement is used in post-menopausal women who are no longer making their own hormones.
David Miller
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Dr. Nadu Tuakli
Bioidentical hormones are sometimes used for perimenopausal symptoms. These occur while you are still having periods, so i would have to say "yes" you can.
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: What needs fixing?
It depends on what you are trying to fix.
If you are having problems with pms, low libido, vaginal dryness etc you may still benefit. There is no magic formula. You need a doc that understands what is bothering you and is willing to see you often enough to tweak your treatment. Diet, exercise sleep, thyroid and many other things have to be evaluated at the same time. It's not simple, but it works!

In brief: What needs fixing?
It depends on what you are trying to fix.
If you are having problems with pms, low libido, vaginal dryness etc you may still benefit. There is no magic formula. You need a doc that understands what is bothering you and is willing to see you often enough to tweak your treatment. Diet, exercise sleep, thyroid and many other things have to be evaluated at the same time. It's not simple, but it works!
Dr. Michael Sinclair
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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: You can
While treating ovarian dysfunction for infertility i found years ago that optimizing hormones in women eradicated the menopausal symptoms that occur in premenopausal women.
Supplemental hormones are safe if monitored & improve quality of life. They do not provide birth control. Most women prior to menopause have hormone levels low enough to cause symptoms. Correctable.

In brief: You can
While treating ovarian dysfunction for infertility i found years ago that optimizing hormones in women eradicated the menopausal symptoms that occur in premenopausal women.
Supplemental hormones are safe if monitored & improve quality of life. They do not provide birth control. Most women prior to menopause have hormone levels low enough to cause symptoms. Correctable.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: No, not a good idea
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.
If one wants to use hormones, use the pure, tested, and regulated ones a doctor can prescribe.

In brief: No, not a good idea
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.
If one wants to use hormones, use the pure, tested, and regulated ones a doctor can prescribe.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Prior to ovarian failure (menopause) all women experience decreased efficiency in ovarian hormone production known as ovarian dysfunction.
This is why 40 year old women do not get pregnant as easily as 25 year old women. Decreased ovarian hormone production leads to menopausal symptoms usually with periods continuing to occur. Treatment is replacement of those hormones.

In brief: Yes
Prior to ovarian failure (menopause) all women experience decreased efficiency in ovarian hormone production known as ovarian dysfunction.
This is why 40 year old women do not get pregnant as easily as 25 year old women. Decreased ovarian hormone production leads to menopausal symptoms usually with periods continuing to occur. Treatment is replacement of those hormones.
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Dr. Steven Ferguson
General Practice
In brief: Not suggested
Can you take Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy while you still have periods ? Bioidentical hormones encompass several different hormones.
Most importantly if you take progesterone cream (wild yam cream) while you are menstruating it will prolong the menstruation. The goal behind natural hormone therapy (Bioidentical identical hormones) is to bring your system into balance. There are many symptoms associated with imbalance, some common ones are: painful menstruation, heavy blood clots doing menstruation, night sweats, hot flashes, excessive facial hair, and the list goes on. With natural hormone therapy it's important to know the relationship between several different hormones, because of this we generally start with saliva testing which can give us an accurate account of the amount of free hormone one has in their system. This will give us a better starting point to balance out the individual’s hormones, for it is the relationship between the different hormones that's most important not the specific amount of the hormone. Thanks for the question, hope this was helpful to you I will be happy to further discuss this with you in the concierge service if you need some additional help.

In brief: Not suggested
Can you take Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy while you still have periods ? Bioidentical hormones encompass several different hormones.
Most importantly if you take progesterone cream (wild yam cream) while you are menstruating it will prolong the menstruation. The goal behind natural hormone therapy (Bioidentical identical hormones) is to bring your system into balance. There are many symptoms associated with imbalance, some common ones are: painful menstruation, heavy blood clots doing menstruation, night sweats, hot flashes, excessive facial hair, and the list goes on. With natural hormone therapy it's important to know the relationship between several different hormones, because of this we generally start with saliva testing which can give us an accurate account of the amount of free hormone one has in their system. This will give us a better starting point to balance out the individual’s hormones, for it is the relationship between the different hormones that's most important not the specific amount of the hormone. Thanks for the question, hope this was helpful to you I will be happy to further discuss this with you in the concierge service if you need some additional help.
Dr. Steven Ferguson
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