Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy FAQ’s: Costs, Methods and Weight Gain

The process of aging cannot be stopped, but it can be enjoyed. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can help you restore your lost energy and enjoy the positive aspects of getting older. Integrity Wellness is a reliable bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in Charlotte, NC that specializes in the progressive advancement of hormone replacement. 

BHRT treatment has a significant impact on how your body functions as you get older. Dr. Reis is a licensed physician that can help you re-introduce lost hormones back into your body to help you feel your best. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions that will answer your most pressing questions and help you decide if BHRT is right for you!


1.  Does insurance cover bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

In general, insurance coverage for bioidentical hormone therapy is not widespread, because physicians who provide this service do not participate in insurance networks to allow the time needed for a thorough assessment.

Insurance companies will be more likely to provide BHRT coverage if the patient is first evaluated by their private physician or gynecologist prior to the time of treatment. Most insurance companies will not fully cover BHRT offered through pharmacies or other over-the-counter medications.

It’s important to speak to your individual insurance company and carrier for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


2.  How much does it cost for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Costs vary, depending on the type of hormones needed. The cost of BHRT will also be affected based on the method of treatment which include:

     Pills: Monthly BHRT pills’ cost ranges from  $40 to $75 per month. Some insurance companies will cover some of the cost of the pills, but it varies from company to company.

    Creams and Patches: Self-applied daily, Costs typically ranging from $40 to $100 per month.

    Pellets: Ranging from 3 to 4 procedures annually, on average, with women getting treatment every 3 months and men getting treatment once every 4 months. The pellet insertion procedure varies from $385 to $550, depending on the number of pellets needed.

    Injectables: Treatment that is typically performed 1-2 times per week. The average cost typically between $40 and $75 per month.

BHRT effectively works to enhance your body’s functions and daily activities. Dr. Reis will work with your individual preferences to help you choose the most optimal method of treatment.


3.  Can you gain weight from bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones have no direct effect on weight. They do not cause either weight gain or weight loss, but often people feel much better, which makes their weight loss regimen easier to follow and thus, more effective. 

Regulated estrogen and testosterone levels that are a result of BHRT treatments have been proven to have numerous effects on the body including:

  • Building and maintaining lean muscle mass
  • Reducing fat storage
  •  Distributing fat
  • Maintaining healthy bone density
  • Regulating energy

When your body is deprived of a healthy amount of hormones found in younger body stages, fatigue increases that can potentially lead to weight gain. While BHRT treatment has no direct effect on weight gain and loss, it does serve as a prominent correlation between an individual feeling energetic or lethargic.


4.  Can bioidentical hormones cause spotting?

Bioidentical hormone therapy in perimenopause can affect menstrual cycles, if they still are occurring, or can cause some bleeding to resume after menopause. Careful use of the proper combination of hormones and monitoring hormone levels can alleviate these issues. 

Spotting typically occurs as a result of too many hormones in your prescription. Whichever method you choose, there is potential for minimal bleeding as there are elevated hormones circulating in your bloodstream. Dr. Reis will prescribe you a healthy range of hormones based on your individual assessment and offer ongoing advice in your BHRT journey.


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