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
- Pills (prometrium)
- 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)
- Progesterone cream
- Weak estradiol cream