Can bioidentical hormones cause breast cancer?
The higher breast cancer risk from using HRT is the same for so-called “bioidentical” and “natural” hormones as it is for synthetic hormones.
How long can you take bioidentical hormones?
As experts in the bioidentical hormone replacement field, we recommend undergoing this therapy for a maximum of seven years; however, we also suggest that you discontinue treatment when you achieve relief from your symptoms. Unfortunately, when you stop taking hormones, your symptoms may return.
Who should not take bioidentical hormones?
Certain women should not undergo hormone replacement therapy of any type until detailed studies on safety have been performed. You are not considered for bioidentical therapy if you have a personal history of breast cancer or stroke, or if you have a blood clot.
Can I take bioidentical hormones forever?
Do I need to take these hormones forever? Not necessarily, it depends on how well your body responds to Hormone therapy. Also important is how well you manage your diet, sleep patterns, exercise, and stress levels that will assist you in regaining hormonal balance.
What happens if you stop taking bioidentical hormones?
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) -Though long-term hormone replacement therapy has serious health risks, going off the medication may lead to a return of menopausal symptoms and increased risk for high blood pressure, according to a new study.
At what age should you stop taking bioidentical hormones?
And how do you go about it? If you are healthy, most experts agree that HRT is safe to use at the lowest dose that helps for the shortest time needed. If you’re 59 or older, or have been on hormones for 5 years, you should talk to your doctor about quitting.
Why am I gaining weight on bioidentical hormones?
However, weight gain as a side effect of BHRT is usually a temporary phenomenon related to the sudden change in hormone levels, an inappropriate dose of hormones, or another factor. As a patient’s hormones reach the normal range, he or she will likely be able to return to a stable, healthy weight.
How do you wean off bioidentical hormones?
Weaning Off or Stopping Hormone Therapy
- reduce estrogen daily dosage to next lower level every 2-4 weeks until the lowest dosage is reached.
- if symptoms of lower estrogen become significant, then maintain current dosage for several weeks and, if necessary, increase to next highest dosage for 2-4 weeks.
Are bioidentical hormones bad for you?
No, they aren’t. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and several medical specialty groups, the hormones marketed as “bioidentical” and “natural” aren’t safer than hormones used in traditional hormone therapy, and there’s no evidence that they’re any more effective.
How much do bioidentical hormones cost per month?
The average treatment cost for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is between $200-$500 per month. This cost includes high-quality medications, customized treatment plans, and follow-up appointments. The price of your treatment plan will greatly depend on your individual plan and your insurance eligibility.