Replacing and rebalancing

Bioidentical Hormones

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) will help to replace and rebalance your hormone levels which has many benefits for your mood and general wellbeing  

Hormones play an important role and are your body’s chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream to tissues or organs to help them do their work. They work slowly, over time, and affect many different processes, including:

  • Growth and development
  • Metabolism – how your body gets energy from the foods you eat
  • Sexual function
  • Reproduction
  • Mood
 

Hormone therapy remains the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms such as flushes and night sweats as well as physical changes and loss of sexual function and libido according to the journal Menopause.


For women within 10 years of menopause onset and with no contraindications, the benefit-risk ratio is most favorable for the treatment of bothersome menopausal symptoms and for those at elevated risk for bone loss or fracture.

Learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy

Frequently asked questions

Bioidentical hormones is a common term used to describe hormones that are made, or synthesized, from a plant chemicals extracted from yams and soy. 

This is in contrast to some hormones which are derived from animal sources.

While claims are often made that bioidentical hormones are ‘natural’ what this actually means is that they are synthesised from natural sources. It is more correct to refer to them as being ‘body identical’ as they match hormones produced within the body. This is in contrast to some hormones which are synthesised from animal sources.

Bioidentical hormones are used to correct hormonal imbalances and replenish the hormones that deplete as we age. Bioidentical hormones can be used to treat a range of conditions caused by these imbalances but more often used to treat menopausal symptoms but also:

  • Perimenopause
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Depression
  • Endometriosis
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Andropause
 
The suitabiity of BHRT for your particular concerns should be discussed with the doctor. Should you wish to understand more about the potential use of BHRT for your particular circumstances prior to booking a consultation please do contact the clinic.

Both women and men can benefit from BHRT. It is rarely discussed but men also suffer from menopause which can last for 15 to 20 years. This is most often related to a slow decline in testosterone levels which can lead to:

  • Erectile dysfunction, or inability to achieve or sustain an erection.
  • A decreased sex drive and infertility.
  • Depression, fatigue, insomnia.
  • Increased body fat, reduced muscle mass and decreased bone density.

The initial consultation will last around one hour. During this time our doctor will take a full medical history and discuss with you your concerns, lifestyle and how BHRT can best help in your particular circumstances. 

Following the consultation your blood will be analysed by the laboratory and female patients will be asked to undergo a pelvic ultrasound scan (arranged separately).

The results of these tests will then be discussed at a follow up consultation where your personalised hormone therapy profile will be prepared and a prescription written, initially for six weeks.  

The doctor will forward your prescription to the pharmacy who you can contact the following day to confirm the directions for use and make payment prior to postage.

As a bespoke prescription is to be provided it is necessary for you to be monitored until your hormones are stable. At all times our doctors follow the good practice in prescribing and managing medicines as set out by the GMC. Once our doctors are satisfied your hormone levels are stable it is permissible to provide a repeat prescription for upto 12 months, subject to certain health factors.

Patients will need to  commit to four stages to ensure the correct treatment is provided. Each stage is charged at £600 or can be pre-purchased for £2,250 (this charge excludes the cost of the hormones which are purchased from the pharmacy).

Stage One:

An initial consultation, blood analysis and follow up consultation to discuss your hormone profile and a 3 month prescription will be issued.

The total cost for this is £600.

Stage Two:

Six weeks following Stage One and includes two consultations, blood analysis and prescription. 

The total cost for this is £600.

Stage Three: 

Three months following Stage two and includes two consultations, blood analysis and prescription. 

The total cost for this is £600.

Stage Four:

Three months following Stage three and includes two consultations, blood analysis and prescription. 

The total cost for this is £600.

At the completion of Stage Four:

At this point, assuming your hormone profile is stable, then six monthly or in some instances yearly ongoing reviews will be necessary. The ongoing reviews will require blood samples and where necessary ultrasound scans too.

A blood sample will be taken during your initial consultation which will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. This test will provide your doctor with information regarding your health and current hormone levels. The cost of the blood test is included in the price of your consultation.

For women, it will also be necessary to undergo a pelvic ultrasound scan. We recommend Ultrasound Direct in Maidenhead. The cost of this is £135 and is arranged directly with the them. More information on Ultrasound Direct can be found here.

In some instances, and for your safety, other tests might be advised and which your doctor will discuss with you.

Following completion of your tests and follow up consultation your doctor will prepare a personalised prescription which is forwarded to our specialist pharmacy. Please contact the pharmacy the following day on 0800 035 3078 to discuss your script and arrange payment. The cost of the hormones is typically between £1 and £3 per day depending on your individual needs. The medication will arrive within 48 hours via post. 

We work with PCCA Ltd which has over 20 years’ experience in the formulation, education and supply of BHRT products. Both Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Distribution Practice (GDP) are employed throughout their business ensuring manufacturing and supply at the highest quality.

BHRT Clinic Berkshire chose to work with PCCA as they operate under the correct regulatory standards. Some other  pharmacies manufacture under ‘section 10’ (sometimes termed as ‘compounding’) whereas The Specials Laboratory manufacture under an MHRA MS (Specials) licence ensuring quality standards exceed those set as a minimum achievement by the relevant authorities.

The regularity of your treatment will be advised by the doctor but typically patients are advised to administer their treatment twice a day. 

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