Frequently Asked Questions About Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Patients normally have a lot of questions before beginning a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) treatment plan. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most commonly asked questions to help get you started. If you have any additional questions, contact David Sloan, Ph.D., D.N.M.’s office in Durham today and we’ll do everything we can to get you the most accurate information possible.
Are Bioidentical Hormones Safe?
When bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is prescribed by and overseen by a qualified BHRT practitioner, the treatment is generally safe. As with any medical treatment, there are risks and potential side-effects involved, which makes it all the more important that you work with a medical practitioner who has your best interests and safety at heart.
What Is The Difference Between Bioidentical Hormones And Synthetic Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones contain the exact chemical structure as those produced within your own body. They are derived from natural plant sources and produced in a compounding pharmacy in a variety of forms.
Synthetic hormones, on the other hand do not contain the exact chemical structure as the hormones in your body. Synthetic hormones contain additional chemical components in order to create a formula that drug manufacturers can patent. This results in unnecessary and unnatural chemical components in your body.
What Forms of Bioidentical Hormones Are Available?
BHRT is available in a variety of forms, including patches, pills, pellets, injections, creams and suppositories. Based on your hormone profile, your medical history, your lifestyle and David Sloan, Ph.D., D.N.M.’s own experience providing patients with each of these forms, you and David will work together to find the form of BHRT that works best for you.
How Do I Know If BHRT Is Right For Me?
If you are experiencing symptoms of a hormone-related condition, there’s no way to know for sure that BHRT is right for you until you speak with David Sloan, Ph.D., D.N.M. David Sloan will review your symptoms, medical history and hormone profile with you to determine whether hormone imbalance or deficiency is causing your symptoms, or whether it is something else.
How Much Does BHRT Cost?
It is not possible to predict the costs of a BHRT protocol without knowing the duration of your treatment, or the form of BHRT that you will receive. Please call to schedule a consultation and discuss pricing.
Is BHRT Covered By Insurance?
Insurance policies vary greatly in regard to treatment options that are covered. The best option you have is to contact the clinic to determine whether your insurance is accepted, and then contact your insurance provider to make sure that BHRT is covered by your plan.
Do I Need A Prescription For Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
Yes. After consulting with David Sloan, Ph.D., D.N.M., if BHRT is the best option for you then you will receive a prescription for specific bioidentical hormones in a specific dose and form.
While you may find over-the-counter hormone treatments online, it is very difficult to verify where they came from, whether they will work and what is even in them. Receiving the wrong hormones in the wrong amount can cause serious damage to your body.
What Conditions Are Treated With Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
BHRT is used to treat a number of conditions, including adrenal fatigue, andropause, fibromyalgia, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, low testosterone, menopause, PCOS, perimenopause and more.
How Old Are People Who Use BHRT?
Patients who seek out and receive BHRT vary greatly in age but are typically between ages 30 and 60. The most common reasons patients seek out BHRT is to treat perimenopause and menopause in women and andropause in men.
Perimenopause can begin anytime in a woman’s 30s and 40s, with environmental and genetic factors playing a major role. Menopause follows perimenopause. For men, testosterone production begins declining after age 30, but typically does not cause problems until around ages 40 or 50. There are exceptions to these rules, and patients often seek BHRT for reasons other than these at varying ages.