Could bioidentical hormone replacement therapy be the perfect gift for the holidays? That is quite possible and we want to introduce this possibility here.
Bioidentical hormones have been beneficial for many people for a variety of reasons, and as they have gained FDA approval they have also gained more acceptance. There is an increase in bioidentical doctors with the experience you can trust, and more compounding pharmacies that have been doing this work for a long time. So if you have a friend of relative who may be suffering with a hormone deficiency, why not consider BHRT as a potential holiday present? Perhaps they have already tried synthetics and did not find success, or maybe they have recently had hormone testing and told you the results. One way or another it could be a thoughtful gift.
Now of course there could be certain drawback to giving bioidentical hormone replacement therapy as a gift during the holidays. The first, of course, is the fact that this is a hugely practical holiday gift and certainly not romantic or cute. You’d really have to know that the person who would receive the gift of bioidentical hormones would appreciate it. Maybe they told you that their insurance would not cover their BHRT, or that there would be a high deductible or co-insurance. Maybe they said that they did not want to pay, or that the reason they are looking into BHRT was one that would not be covered. One way or another, if you knew that this was an expense that they could not afford, that they do not mind practical gifts, and that it would bring them relief from symptoms, you might choose this course.
So how would you go about giving bioidentical hormones as a gift? That depends on what you know about the person’s plans. So, for example:
- If they’ve already identified a bioidentical hormones doctor, you could pre-pay some amount, such as the deductible or co-insurance. This way they can get BHRT without worrying about the out-of-pocket cost. Between your gift and what insurance will pay for they will be all set.
- You could more generally give a credit card gift card and say what you were thinking they could use it for. Some gift cards are even customizable as far as what they look like. This way if your gift falls flat and they’d rather have the money for something else they would have that flexibility.
- You could pay for some specific aspect of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, such as the initial hormone testing. This might be a good choice if insurance will not pay at all for BHRT or will not pay for some aspect.
- Finally, you could pay for something peripheral to their bioidentical hormones, such as a nice meal for when they are feeling better, or new clothing for when they feel more like going out. This way you are supporting them without actually paying for the treatment.
Getting someone bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for the holidays is tricky, and may come across anywhere from thoughtful to intrusive. You really need to know the person well, and know what kinds of presents they want before making this choice. That said, for some people this may be a way to help them either afford BHRT or know that people they are close to support their treatment. Some people do prefer more practical gifts, and this is one way to give something that will make them feel better. Perhaps if you do not go so far as to buy the gift of natural hormone replacement you might at least be sure that during the holiday season when you spend time together you show your support and hear how your friend or relative is doing if they are pursuing this type of treatment or are considering bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.