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How do you get bio-identical hormones? How do you get bio-identical hormones?

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Unread 08-17-2007, 06:23 PM
How do you get bio-identical hormones?

How do you get bio-identical hormones? How do you find a compounding pharmacy? Does inurance cover it?

I started my vivelle dot .0375 today. I'm not sure how I feel. I feel kind of nervous a little. That's my nature when I start a new med. So I don't know if it's the med or me. I squatted down looking for something earlier and felt like I was going to have my first bm and it hurt. Nothing came out. I'm still sore, I hope I didn't hurt myself.
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Unread 08-17-2007, 07:08 PM
How do you get bio-identical hormones?

Hi!

The Vivelle Dot you started today is a bio-identical hormone. It is manufactured to be the same as the estradiol your ovaries made. The ovaries also make two other estrogens--estriol and estrone. Tri-est contains all three estrogens and Bi-est contains estradiol and estriol. You would need to get a prescription and have it filled at a compounding pharmacy to get either Tri-est or Bi-Est. Some insurance companies cover compounded hormones and some don't so you'll want to call your insurance company to find out if they are covered or not. To find a compounding pharmacy, check your local phone book or use the free compounding pharmacy feature of this site: www.iacprx.org.

You're very early in your recovery and also very new to hormone therapy. I think it would be a good idea to give this a try first and see how you do on it. Your dose is quite low so there's room to gradually increase it, if needed.

For now you may want to keep a journal of your symptoms. Write down any symptoms you are having, when they happen and how severe they are. Also note any other medications you're taking as well as any supplements you take. You can share the journal with your doctor and he/she can determine what, if any, changes are needed.

If you're concerned about anything with your recovery, be sure to call your doctor, okay?

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Unread 08-18-2007, 07:39 AM
How do you get bio-identical hormones?

I started on tri-est a few weeks back, and for some strange reason, my insurance did cover it, but it was cheaper to just buy it without using my insurance coverage. Go figure! I found a compounding pharmacy through my GP doc, and they reccommended to me a bunch of docs. who do the compounded bio-identicals (my GP doesn't).

Good luck on your recovery!
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