Bioidentical Hormones are hormones which have the same molecular and chemical makeup as hormones that are naturally produced in the human body. Many bioidentical hormones are compounded in pharmacies. In traditional compounding, ingredients are mixed by a pharmacist to produce a drug tailored to an individuals medical needs based on a prescription from a licensed medical professional. Since each prescription is compounded separately, the route of administration (capsule, tablet, cream, or pellet) and the dosage of the hormones may be easily adjusted. Compounded Bioidentical Hormones are not usually covered by insurance; however, may still cost less than the drugs which are “covered” by insurance.
Clients may use a FSA (Federal Savings Account)
and/or HSA (Health Savings Account) to pay for compounded hormones.
MAINSTREAM HORMONAL THERAPY
Mainstream Hormonal Therapy utilizes hormones which are manufactured by pharmaceutical companies. They may be bioidentical or may have ingredients in them which are synthetic or not naturally occurring in the human body. They are produced in fixed doses. Mainstream hormonal therapy may or may not be covered by insurance.
MAN MADE HORMONES
Man made hormones are chemical compounds which mimic the hormones the human body naturally produces but which differ in structure. They are often referred to as synthetic hormones.