You have likely heard the term bioidentical hormone therapy or “natural” hormone. What does this mean?
Are these hormones better than the hormones traditionally used in hormone therapy? Let’s find out.
The term bioidentical hormone means that it is produced to be chemically identical to those your body produces. There are several FDA-approved hormone therapies that contain bioidentical hormones.
The term “natural” means that it is not synthesized in a lab. These hormones are products of plant or animal sources. However, many of these hormones still need to be commercially processed to become bioidentical. Many people who want a more holistic approach to gynecology find these preferable.
Traditional hormone therapy doesn’t necessarily exclude natural hormones. Some FDA-approved products like Estrace, Alora, and others are derived from plants. So, what is the advantage of bioidentical hormones over traditional hormone therapy?
Different Doses and Forms of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Bioidentical hormones are produced in doses and forms that are different from those in traditional FDA approved products. Most go through a compounding pharmacy that specializes in producing medications that are customized for your individual needs.
The downside to this is that most products from these compounding pharmacies haven’t undergone the same quality assurance standards that commercial hormone preparers have to meet.
Bioidentical hormones are custom-made just for you. A doctor will take a sample of your saliva and use it to assess your unique hormonal needs.
Next, bioidentical hormones can be created for you. However, bioidentical hormones may not be right for you since the hormone levels in saliva don’t reflect the levels in your blood, or correspond to menopausal symptoms.
While some women benefit from traditional hormone therapy, others will benefit greatly from a nonstandard dose or form of bioidentical hormones. If you would like to learn more about this, please contact Dr. Singh today!