What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are derivatives of plant extracts structurally indistinguishable from human hormones. Typically, preparations of BHT may include progesterone, estradiol, estriol, DHEA and or testosterone. They are derived from a natural source; soybean or yam, and are bioidentical to human hormones.
What Is The Difference Between Bioidentical And Synthetic Hormones?
Synthetic agents (Prempro, Estratest, Provera, Premarin, etc.) are molecular cousins of the natural agents: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. They are not however; identical in either structure or activity to the natural hormones they emulate. Consequently, the human body views these natural hormones as toxins. Synthetic hormones have been shown to increase the rate of breast cancer and to promote blood clots.
Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones your own body creates. Based upon your personal test results, bioidentical hormone prescriptions are custom formulated to your body’s specific needs and administered in the safest way possible. Transdermal prescription hormones such as estrogens and testosterone mimic your body’s natural hormone production, absorbing slowly through your skin. Oral progesterone for women is frequently prescribed which is a far safer alternative to oral progestagens.
What Are The Benefits Of Bioidentical Hormones For Women?
Oral unnatural progestagens have been linked to an increase risk of breast cancer while oral natural progesterone has not. Oral estrogens have been linked to an increase in blood clots. Transdermal estrogens and natural oral progesterone do not appear to have that casual relationship.
Which Are Better, Bioidentical Hormones Or Synthetic Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are much better for you than synthetic hormones, and not just because they are natural. Bioidentical hormones, such as Natural Progesterone, Testosterone, and Natural Estrogen creams are easier for your body to utilize without the side effects that synthetic hormones create. Continued research on bioidentical hormones is ongoing. What is abundantly clear is that transdermal estrogens are safer than oral estrogens and that unnatural progestagens increase the risk of breast cancer in women while natural oral progesterone reduces the risk of breast cancer.
Recent peer review articles have shown that natural estrogens help maintain memory and cognitive function while unnatural conjugated estrogens due not. Please click here for copies of peer review articles.
Are Bioidentical Hormones Safer Than Synthetic?
The World Health Initiative Study concluded that combined oral synthetic hormones increased the risk of stroke, heart attack, breast cancer and blood clots. Conversely, long-term studies of transdermal bioidentical hormone therapy DID NOT increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, or blood clots. A meta-analysis of 88,000 patients over the last 15 years revealed that there is no increase risk of breast cancer in women who take transdermal estrogen and oral natural micronized progesterone.
How Do I Find Out If I Need Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
We strongly advise you make an appointment with a Nouveau Health physician to discuss your personal hormonal health issues. To best assess your individual needs, we ask that you come prepared to discuss your hormonal life changes by knowing yourself, your history, and your health philosophy.