Many commonly prescribed bioidentical hormones, such as Estrace (estrogen) and Prometrium (progesterone), are produced by drug companies and are approved and regulated by Health Canada. These products have undergone rigorous testing to ensure they meet safety, efficacy, and quality standards.

In addition, specialized compounding pharmacies can prepare custom-made bioidentical hormone formulations based on a healthcare provider’s prescription. These compounded formulations are tailored to meet individual patient needs and may come in various forms, such as capsules, creams, gels, tablets, suppositories, or nasal sprays.

While the individual ingredients used in compounded bioidentical hormones are approved by Health Canada and can be found in commercially available products, the specific compounded formulations are not directly approved or regulated by Health Canada. This is because the customized nature of these preparations, including their unique concentrations, makes it impractical for Health Canada to approve each individual formulation. Any hormone therapy we prescribe, whether Health Canada-approved or compounded, is always within the federal prescribing guidelines to ensure your safety and well-being.

It is important to note that compounded bioidentical hormones may vary in quality and consistency compared to Health Canada-approved products. However, reputable compounding pharmacies adhere to strict quality control measures and industry standards to ensure the safety and quality of their formulations.

Our healthcare providers work closely with patients to determine the most appropriate form of bioidentical hormone therapy based on individual needs, preferences, and medical history. We consider both Health Canada-approved products and custom-compounded formulations to develop personalized treatment plans that are safe and effective for each patient.