The Facts on Bioidentical Hormones
- There are many FDA-approved bioidentical hormone products.
- Your physician can prescribe FDA-approved bioidentical hormones, which are usually covered by your health insurance.
- Compounded hormones are no more “natural” than FDA-approved bioidentical products.
- Compounded products are less reliable, and can vary greatly in doses, potency, and stability compared to FDA-approved hormones.
- Blood tests done by your regular doctor are the most reliable way to test hormone levels.
Menopause Information for Women with Chronic Conditions
- Women with chronic conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, deep vein thrombosis, or diabetes may be able to take FDA-approved menopausal hormone therapy. Ask your health care professional.
- If you see several health care professionals, such as an internist, ObGyn, and cardiologist, ask if they can communicate with each other about your health and share your health records. This way they will all know if you are taking transdermal menopausal hormone therapy.
- If you have high blood pressure that is managed properly with antihypertensive medication, you might be able to take menopausal hormone therapy as long as it is an FDA-approved transdermal therapy.
- It is a good idea to ask your health care professional to check your triglyceride level before you decide whether to take menopausal hormone therapy.
- FDA-approved transdermal hormone therapy, taken for hot flashes or night sweats, presents a lower risk of blood clots in women who are normal, in women who are overweight, and even in women with a predisposition to thrombosis, compared to oral hormone therapy.
- Women who have diabetes are often overweight. And women who are overweight often have more hot flashes and night sweats. So they are the ones who are most likely to need some sort of treatment for their symptoms. If you have diabetes and need relief from hot flashes, ask your health care professional if transdermal hormone therapy is right for you.