Frequently Asked Questions
What are bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones have the exact same molecular shape and structure as the hormones made in the human body. These hormones generate the same physiologic response in the body as do hormones already produced by the body. Plant sources (sterols) provide the starting material which can be converted in the laboratory to specific bioidentical hormones.
Why is a prescription required for compounded bioidentical hormones?
Compounding or formulating a customized dosage form for an individual is a function pharmacists may legally perform if a practitioner requests it. The individual ingredients may or may not be restricted to prescription items. In short, anything that is a compounded medication must be prescribed.
Who prescribes compounded bioidentical hormones or how do I get my practitioner to write a prescription?
We maintain a list of practitioners that prescribe bioidentical hormones. You can request a practitioner referral listing for the area in which you live. Please interview the particular prescriber to ensure that he or she meets your needs. Your practitioner may also request an information packet from us. We have prepared a resource guide especially for practitioners. Pharmacists are always available to discuss particular problems.
What is the cost of the medication?
Without knowing what your practitioner is going to order, it is not possible to give the exact price. The price range compares favorably with other hormonal treatments and in some cases can even be less.
Does Women's International Pharmacy need to receive payment before sending my prescription?
Yes, payment is required at the time of order. Payments can be made with Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express by calling our toll free number 800-279-5708, press option 4.
Does my insurance cover this medication?
Due to the large number of insurance plans, we cannot guarantee specific coverage for your prescription. It is always recommended that you, the customer, check your specific policy as to what the limitations are on your policy. If your drug plan does not cover compounded hormones, you may be able to apply these expenses to the major medical portion of your insurance plan or flexible spending account.
How do I get this covered by insurance?
Depending upon your specific policy, coverage will vary for reimbursement. The Prescription Information Sheet that comes with each prescription can be used to file claims with your insurance company. Please note your insurance company will correspond directly with you.
What are the possible side-effects of my medication?
Ideally, there should be no side effects if the hormones are given with the intention of restoring to normal human levels and using only those hormones that are deficient. Side effects may occur if one type of hormone becomes predominant and creates an imbalance of other hormones. The effects of some underlying medical conditions can also contribute to side effects.
How do I use the phone system?
Women's International Pharmacy - 800-279-5708