Bioidentical Hormones

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A lot of my readers ask for help in locating physicians, pharmacies, and recommendations for bioidentical progesterone (which I promote a lot here).  I almost always forget to direct them to my  Resources Page.  And unless you take the time to click through on some of my pages, you might not locate it either, though it is located at the top right of this blog in plain view.

I thought I would go ahead and make this a post so that readers can find it, though not necessarily easier as this will remain on the blog as content.  But, at least it will be located in a couple of places anyway.  So, the information below is actually my entire resources page which can be found right here as well. 

Compounding Pharmacies

If your doctor is interested in natural hormones but hesitant about prescribing an over-the-counter cream, you can put him/her in touch with a compounding pharmacist skilled in the use of natural hormone supplements, who can educate your physician and provide dosing guidelines. For a referral in your area contact IACP (International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists), (800) 927-4227, ext 300, or go online to www.iacprx.org.

Professional Compounding Centers of America – provides independent pharmacists and compounding pharmacy owners with a complete support system for compounding unique dosage forms.  Located at: 9901 S. Wilcrest, Houston, TX 77099, (800) 321-2498.

International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists – A non-profit organization representing pharmacists who compound custom medications to meet unique patient needs. Located at: 4638 Riverstone Blvd. Missouri City, TX 77459. (800) 927-4227.

Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board – The mission of the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB(TM)) is to serve the public good by serving pharmacy, patients and prescriber.  Located at: 1100 15th Street, NW. Washington, DC 20005. (866) 377-5104

Women’s International Pharmacy – a compounding pharmacy providing custom compounded bioidentical hormones, which have been prescribed by licensed healthcare practitioners.  Compounded to meet your specific and individual needs, as directed by your practitioner.  We employ state-of-the-art technology and meet or exceed the industry’s strictest quality and safety standards.  We also provide educational information concerning bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to medical healthcare professionals and the public.

Murray Avenue Apothecary: A Compounding and Wellness Pharmacy
They offer compounded human identical hormones, dermatologicals for the skin, topical pain management, veterinary prescriptions, and quality practitioner recommended supplements. 4227 Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15217, 412-421-4996/fax 412-421-6500, www.murrayavenuerx.com, info@MurrayAvenueRX.com

Live Oak Pharmacy
They collaborate with you and your health care provider to customize your care. They compound hormones for restoration therapy, dermatological compounds for skin, topical pain management, veterinary prescriptions, and quality practitioner recommended supplements and alternative medicines. 1611 W 5th Street, Austin, TX 78703, 512-476-TXRx (8979)/fax 512-476-8980, www.LiveOakRx.com, info@LiveOakRx.com

Women’s International Pharmacy
Address: 2 Marsh Court, Madison, WI 53718 and 12012 N. 111th Avenue, Youngtown, AZ  85363, Tel:  800-279-5708, Fax:  800-279-8011, Email:info@womensinternational.com

Locate a Physician

How to Find a Bioidentical Hormone Doctor – Virginia Hopkins Health Watch.  Worth reading before you begin your search!

Women’s International Pharmacy - Locate a physician who prescribes bioidentical hormones

Women in Balance – Enter your zip code to locate a physician near you

Body Logic - Locate a Body Logic physician in your area

Bioidentical Hormone Doctor Directory  – Locate physicians by state and city

Order Testing Kits

ZRT Labs – ZRT Laboratory’s online store provides affordable, accurate testing services that you can easily purchase for convenient use at home

Virginia Hopkins Test Kits – Hormone test kits for progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, DHEA, growth hormone, Vitamin D, thyroid, iodine and more…

Body Logic – Quick and easy hormone testing offered by BodyLogicMD affiliated physicians provides reliable results and a solid foundation on which to start bioidentical hormone therapy paired with customized nutrition, supplement and fitness programs.

Bioidentical Natural Progesterone Creams

The Health and Science Research Institute
1648 Taylor Rd, Ste 118, Port Orange, FL 32128, (888) 222-1415, fax (904) 756-0194, Serenity for Women progesterone cream. For more info go to: www.health-science.com

Kevala, a division of Karuna
42 Digital Drive #7, Novato, CA 94949 , 888-749-8643,www.kevalahealth.com, e-mail, info@kevalahealth.com. They make PureGest Lotion which is free from additional hormones, herbs and alcohols.

Organic Excellence
www.organicexcellence.com
4727 E. Bell Rd. #45-125, Phoenix, AZ 85032 800-611-8331. Chemical, fragrance, gluten and GMO free progesterone creams. email, customerservice@organicexcellence.com

Dr. Helen Pensanti’s Cream: Helen Pensanti MD,Inc., P.O. Box 7530, Newport Beach, Ca 92658, 714-542-8333, fax 949-8564573, email, info@askdrhelen.com, website www.askdrhelen.com.

Dr. Randolph’s Natural Progesterone Cream
www.hormonewell.com
Toll free (866) 628-6337, this is Dr. Randy Randolph’s cream, which contains only progesterone as its active ingredient.

Kokoro, LLC., P.O. Box 597, Tustin, CA 92781, (800) 599-9412, (714) 836-7749, website www.kokorohealth.com. They offer Kokoro Women’s Balance Creme.

Products of Nature, 54 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877, (800) 665-5952. www.pronature.com – Connecticut  www.prodnature.com – Texas.  Distributors of Natural Woman Progesterone Cream, which contains natural progesterone as its only active ingredient and has no chemicals or parabens. Certified kosher.

Pure Essence Labs, Inc.
www.pureessencelabs.com

1999 Whitney Mesa Drive, Suite A, Henderson, NV 89014, (888) 254-8000
Makers of FemCreme.

Emerita, Pro-Gest, 621 SW Alder, Ste 900, Portland, OR 97205-3627, (503)226-1010 or(800) 648-8211. The original natural progesterone cream. A Division of Transitions For Health, Inc.,www.emerita.com.

Springboard, 3115 Stoney Oak Drive, Spring Valley, CA 91978, Toll Free Phone (866) 882-6868, or (619) 670-3860, fax (619) 670-4149, website www.springboard4health.com. They make ProBalance progesterone cream.

Alternative Medicine Network, 601 16th St., #C-#105, Golden, CO 80401, toll-free (877) 753-5424, www.altmednetwork.net, e-mailsales@altmednetwork.net. They make Awakening Woman Natural Progesterone Cream which contains only progesterone as its active ingredient.

Broadmoore Labs Inc., 3875 Telegraph Road/294, Ventura, CA 93003, (800) 822-3712. Makers of Natra-Gest progesterone creams.

FOR INFO ON PROGESTERONE IN THE UK AND EUROPE

Natural Progesterone Information Service
PO Box 24, Buxton, SK17 9FB
Tel: 07000 784849 Fax: 01298 70979
e-mail: news@npis.info
www.npis.info

The Natural Progesterone Information Service aims to provide information on all aspects of the use of natural progesterone to women, doctors and other healthcare providers. NPIS also makes available many books, tapes, videos and scientific papers related to natural progesterone.

NATURAL HORMONES IN AUSTRALIA

Natural hormones, including progesterone, are a prescription-only item in Australia.

Compounding Pharmacy
MJ Health & Beauty, 103 Isabella St, Wingham, NSW, 2429, Australia, Ph: 1300 66 90 45, http://www.mjhealthandbeauty.com.au

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