Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a prescription alternative to conventional hormone replacement therapy (conjugated estrogens, medroxyprogesterone, etc.). Bioidentical medications are plant-derived, and chemically changed in a laboratory until they are identical to what your body would naturally produce. BHRT is customized for each individual and their personal needs. It can be adjusted to fit your needs, unlike conventional HRT, which has a few standard dosage strengths.
- What are the goals of BHRT?
Help to alleviate symptoms caused by the natural decrease in hormone production in the body. Work towards reestablishing the individual's hormonal balance.
- How do I know if I need BHRT?
Typical symptoms for females include weight gain, bouts of depression, mood swings, osteopenia or osteoarthritis, poor libido, decreased energy. For men symptoms are decreased strength/energy, decreased muscle mass, poor libido, weight gain.
- What is the process to start treatment?
You will complete a detailed health history and questionnaire, then have a series of lab work drawn at a local lab. We will then schedule a consultation with you about your results and discuss treatment options.
- What is the cost?
- For females, the cost is $350 per pellet insertion session. Most females will need about 4 sessions per year.
- For males, the cost is $675 per pellet insertion session. Most males will need 2 sessions per year. Consultations are included with the cost of the pellets.
- We do not bill any services to your insurance company but will be glad to assist you
- What about costs for the labs?
You can go to any laboratory to have your blood drawn. Sometimes these labs can be billed to your insurance company. Please contact your insurance company to see what may be covered. We have arranged special pricing for our patients with Lab Corp for those with high deductibles or no insurance. Out of pocket costs for one lab draw is $150.
- How are the pellets administered?
A small incision will be made at the upper part of your hip after a local anesthetic has been given. A trochar will be placed in the incision into the fatty tissue. This device will allow pellets to be placed in the subcutaneous tissue where they will be gradually absorbed by your body over several months. A small dressing will be applied after the trochar is removed.
- Are there any restrictions?
You will need to avoid any heavy lifting or soaking in a bath tub/swimming pool for at least 5 days after the procedure. After that you can resume any activities you like.