What is Bioidentical hormones?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Bi-Est Bioidentical hormone cream Bi-Est/Progesterone Show all

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Bioidentical hormones are custom-mixed formulas containing various hormones that are chemically identical to those naturally made by the body. These prescription and over-the-counter products are marketed as being tailored to a woman's individual hormone needs.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Hormone replacement 16 12
Hot flashes 4 7
Bladder problems 1 0
Decreased sex drive (libido) 1 0
Fibromyalgia 1 0

Show all 16 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 7
None 16

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Bioidentical hormones

Side effect Patients Percentage
Hair growth 2
Acne 1
Insomnia 1
Irritability 1
Nausea 1
Pain in breast 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Bioidentical hormones

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.3 other twice daily 1
monthly 1

Why patients stopped taking Bioidentical hormones

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 5
Doctor's advice 3
Expense 3
Other 3
Side effects too severe 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 17 patients who've stopped taking Bioidentical hormones

Duration

Currently taking Bioidentical hormones

Duration Patients Percentage
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Bioidentical hormones

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 23
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 14
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 3
$25-49 11
< $25 5
Not specified 4

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Bioidentical hormones after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Estrogen derivative (Premarin) 2
Compounded topical medication 1
Estradiol (Estrace) 1

Patients stopped taking Bioidentical hormones and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Estradiol (Estrace) 2
Estradiol Patch (Estrogen patch) 1
Estrogen derivative (Premarin) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Bioidentical hormones

Jul 24, 2018 (Started Jan 15, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Hormone replacement)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 8, 2011 (Started Sep 18, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Hormone replacement)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I just got tired of them and didn't find any major bad side affect in quitting so I quit.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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