Are "Natural" Hormones Safer?

Bioidentical compounded hormones sound so appealing: derived from botanical products, seemingly free of risks, and created just for your menopause symptoms. But check the facts before you make any decisions.

By Susan Ince

Some insurers reimburse at least a portion of bioidenticals, as long as at least one of the active ingredients is on a list of approved prescription drugs, says registered pharmacist Larry Stephens, of Birmingham, Alabama. But "only a few companies pay the usual and customary charges for the bioidenticals," Stephens says. "Instead, they reimburse for the ingredient cost plus a small fee, which doesn’t come close to covering it all." Insurance rarely reimburses for saliva testing.

Originally published in MORE magazine, November 2006.

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