Bioidentical Hormones

What is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?

The term “bioidentical hormone therapy,” or natural hormone therapy, is often used to describe a medication containing estrogen, progesterone, or other hormones that are chemically exact duplicates of hormones in the body. This natural hormone therapy is used to treat a patient’s hormonal imbalance, usually due to menopause. The bioidentical hormones are not synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormones include FDA-approved prescription options, compounded pharmacy options and over-the-counter options. Several examples from each category are listed below.

Natural Hormone Therapy Options

Prescription

  • Pills (prometrium)
  • Patch
  • Ring
  • Vaginal gel (Crinone)

Compounded Options (Available at Kilgore’s Medical Pharmacy in Columbia)

  • Vaginal creams
  • Troches (tablets dissolve on tongue)
  • Creams that are placed on your arm
  • Pellets (go under your skin)
  • Injectables (injection in your arm)

Over-the-counter

  • Progesterone cream
  • Weak estradiol cream