How to Choose the Right Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for You
When choosing which bioidentical hormones to take, the main difference to understand is this:
Some bio-identical hormones are mass produced by drug companies in standardised fixed doses (also known as body-identical hormones).
– These are licensed (approved by the MHRA)
- These are available on the NHS
- They are typically prescribed without lab testing to symptomatic women
- There is a fixed dose of hormones per delivery method which cannot be altered
- There can be issues with supplies which can result in patients suddenly being switched from one product to another which can be disruptive
Other bio-identical hormone preparations are made at special pharmacies called compounding pharmacies, which make the preparations on a case-by-case basis for each patient.
- These are unlicensed but come from UK pharmacies tightly regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council
- These are only available from private bioidentical hormone therapy clinics.
- This approach utilises lab testing and prescriptions personalised to the patient. It means that hormone levels on treatment are monitored and changes to the prescription made along the way
- It also looks at other hormones such as testosterone and DHEA.
- Doses can be tailored to the individual. A private bioidentical hormone therapy clinic can prescribe both body identical or bioidentical hormones or a combination of both, so it offers more options to people who require more precise dose and route regimes
- There are no supply issues