Frequently Asked Questions about Bio-identical HRT
What does B.H.R.T. stand for and what does it do for patients?
B.H.R.T. stands for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, or natural hormone therapy. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is the use of supplemental doses of hormones that have a chemical structure that is identical to the hormones that are produces naturally by the human body. Typically, B.H.R.T. is used to reduce the symptoms that are associated with menopause, perimenopause and post-menopause. This method of treatment is promoted by practitioners in an opinionated manner for anti-aging purposes as well as providing benefits beyond menopausal symptom relief such as the improving of a patient’s overall quality of life.
How is a B.H.R.T. treatment created?
If bio-identical hormones are hypothetically purchased as a compounding pharmacy, think of a pharmacist as a bar tender who is concocting a cocktail of hormones. Each cocktail is uniquely custom-tailored for each individual patient’s needs. If this treatment is purchased at a conventional pharmacy, they are made available to patients in a range of set doses. Bio-identical hormones are created from soybeans and wild yams, which contain unique compounds that are processed chemically and turned into identical replications of hormones produced by the human body.
What are the differentiating forms of B.H.R.T. and how is it administered?
Resilience Clinic Health Systems uses the Static dosing method of BHRT that can be used to treat a patient’s symptoms. We do not use the rhythmic cycling.
Again We Do Not Use the Rhythmic Cycling method!! It involves charting and taking the hormones on a rhythmic cycle in concurrence with the lunar phases and tides to mimic the reproductive and hormone cycles of women such as associated stress, irregular sleeping patterns and irregular hormonal production levels.
Resilience Clinic Health Systems Method involves bio-identical hormones are administered or applied via cream, suppository, taken orally or injected. Candidates who are ideal for static dosing will be prescribed a low dosage of the hormones in order to test the body’s response. After several months of taking bio-identicals at a low dosage, the physician will then reorder blood samples in order to be scrutinized for your detailed hormonal levels. If a patient’s symptoms remain somewhat alleviated and levels remain optimal, the physician will form a regimen of taking bio-identical hormones on a daily basis. The increase in dosage during the eighteenth day and the twenty-eighth day are meant to mimic the body’s natural physiology.
Do you accept insurance?
Resilience Clinic Health Systems does not participate with any third party payers (major medical insurance or Medicare). However, we will provide you with the necessary paperwork so you may submit a claim to your insurance for reimbursement. Other options are using your flexible spending account (FSA). Our approved lists of authorized locations may independantly except third party payers but note that those payers will not cover B.H.R.T. or Medical Weight-Loss Specialized Therapy.
Are lab tests covered by insurance?
Yes. In most cases, your insurance will pay for the lab tests ordered. Some state Medicaid plans may decline payment unless ordered by an in network physician. Insurance companies may not cover the entire costs of the tests and the patient is responsible for any laboratory fees.
Are the medications covered by insurance?
We use custom compounded medications, which are often not covered by insurance. Depending on the treatment, the cost of medication may be included in the fees, such as bio-identical hormone Injections, creams or orally prescribed medicine .