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Frequently Asked Questions

Bioidentical Hormones

Does my medical insurance cover a treatment with bioidentical hormones at the Amsterdam Kliniek?

It all depends on your insurance company. In any case you will need an supplementary package, because basic insurance per definition is not enough. Some insurance companies will provide partial coverage, unfortunately the days when everything got reimbursed are definitely over. Dr. Boeken is a member of the Artsenvereniging voor Integrale Geneeskunde (AVIG) and the Maatschappij ter Bevordering van de Orthomoleculaire Geneeskunde (MBOG). You may want to mention this when inquiring with your insurance company, since membership with the AVIG and/or MBOG may make reimbursement more likely.

For how long should or could bioidentical hormones be used?

In principle, it becomes a lifelong commitment. It is no real problem to stop using them at any point in time, however, hormone levels will gradually return to their original values, possibly bringing on the same complaints that existed before the treatment.

Why is it necessary to use bioidentical hormones to begin with?

In our twenties, a great number of hormones gradually begin to decrease. At around age forty, this could already lead to a disturbance in hormonal levels. At this point some people may develop actual complaints and some do not. Bioidentical hormones restore the body’s natural balance.

I have a problem with vaginal dryness – my sex life has come close to a stand-still. Can bioidentical hormones be of any help?

Absolutely. By applying a bioidentical hormone gel to the inside of the arms, the hormone will be absorbed by the blood vessels of the skin and restore the mucous membranes of the vagina. Pain and irritation during sexual intercourse can completely disappear.

How do you find out whether your hormonal balance is disturbed if you do not have symptoms?

Through blood and urine analysis numerous essential hormones can be measured. Based on these findings, a treatment plan to supplement the identified low levels is developed.

How long until I see the results of using bioidentical hormones?

Usually it takes 3-6 months before hormones are balanced. Depending on the hormones supplemented, individual responses differ.