Bioidentical Hormones vs. Synthetic Hormones: Knowing the Difference

Millions of women hit menopause each year, and many of them seek hormone replacement therapy to ease its symptoms. Women using hormone replacement therapy should favor bioidentical hormone replacement over synthetic hormones, as it has proven to be a safer choice with fewer side effects.

Synthetic hormones

When women reach menopause, their hormone levels fall, resulting in some very uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Menopause may also contribute to osteoporosis. Hormone replacement therapy replaces the hormones that are no longer being produced by the body.

Bioidentical hormones are hormones that have molecularly similar structures to those of hormones produced by the body. While bioidentical hormones have many sources, such as plants, animals, or artificially produced compounds in laboratories, they are an exact match for the hormones produced by the body.

Synthetic hormones, on the other hand, are artificially produced hormones that mimic the effect of naturally produced hormones, but are not structurally identical to natural hormones.

Bioidentical hormones are more readily accepted by the body than synthetic hormones, and cause fewer side effects than synthetic hormones, which may cause an increase in breast cancer risk and a spike in insulin production. Because bioidentical hormones are structural matches for natural hormones produced by the body, they’re also more effective in treating menopause symptoms.

Women seeking hormone replacement therapy should consult with their physician and find the bioidentical hormone that best suits their individual needs.

Forrest Health is a natural health clinic with more than a quarter century’s experience in advising patients on nutritional supplements and other natural remedies. Forrest Health has a wide stock of the best herbs and natural medicines, and can help patients find exactly the remedy they need for many common ailments and conditions. To learn more, call 408-354-4262.

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