Are Bioidentical Hormones Safe?

by Laura Ramirez on August 3, 2011

Are bioidentical hormones safe? This is the question that women around the world are asking themselves, mainly because they’ve heard horror stories about the dangers of using hormone replacement therapy. It’s important to put this question into perspective with some background on how these reports came to be. Over 10 years ago, the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) did a study that linked breast cancer and other cancers of the female reproductive organs to women who took hormone therapy.

What’s essential to understand about this study is that these women were taking synthetic hormone replacement therapy which is not the same as taking bioidenticals. Synthetic hormones are derived from animals (usually horse urine) and chemically modified. Bioidenticals come from plants and have exactly the same chemical makeup as the hormones that are produced by women’s bodies during the reproductive years. It’s also important to note that the women who participated in the study had already gone through menopause up to ten years earlier and may have not been in the best of health due to age-related decline, exposure to environmental toxins or a variety of other factors.ᅠ

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So while the jury is still out on this, the question: are bioidentical hormones safe seems to be yes, in general they are. The reasons are clear. First, women are given these hormones in small amounts according to what is needed by their bodies. This is based on saliva hormone tests that show the amounts of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone in a woman’s body. With synthetic hormone replacement therapy women are given higher levels of hormones and they are not customized according to a women’s needs.

Further, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is monitored by a doctor regularly to make sure that hormones are balanced and that a woman is not getting too much of one hormone which could put her at risk for cancer, menopause symptoms or other side effect.ᅠ

In my opinion, bioidenticals are a safe, natural, personalized approach to maintain a woman’s health well into the later years. Since hormones build strong bones, heart and brain health, they are essential to our sense of vitality as we age. Of course, I’m not a doctor, so as always, do your research, take responsibility for your own health and consult with a qualified medical professional.

How about you? What do you think about bioidentical hormones? If you’re using them, tell us about your experience so far. Just leave your comments below.

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