What Are the Different Kinds of Hormones?
There are two kinds of hormones used in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – synthetic hormones and bioidentical hormones (BHRT).
Dr. John Lee MD writes, “By the mid-1990s, there was ample scientific evidence that HRT was not living up to its promise and even that it was probably doing more harm than good, but many rigorous studies showing this were ignored in favor of continuing hype from the drug companies about all the diseases that HRT could prevent…In the summer of 2002, two major studies published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) finally changed the fixed mindset of conventional medicine toward HRT. The first blow to HRT came from the huge Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study, one part of which looked at the effects of the most common form of HRT, PremPro. This arm of the study was ended after five years (three years early) because of a clearly greater risk of breast cancer, heart disease, and strokes among women using PremPro [Premarin (equine estrogens) plus Prover (a synthetic progestin.)]”(1)
By 1975 women on estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) were getting high levels of uterine cancer among many other problems. To attempt to overcome the cancer connection, progestin was added to the formula. Since natural progesterone cannot be patented, they used synthetic progestin. The side effects were just as severe as before, only different in nature. Many doctors still confuse “progesterone” and “progestin,” but they are very different.
In contrast, the term “bio-identical” describes the biologically identical molecular formula born by bio-identical hormones. It is a term that makes the distinction between bio-identical hormones and synthetic hormones.
Bioidentical Hormones vs. Synthetic Hormones
Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are molecularly identical to the hormones your body naturally makes. Since they’re identical to your own hormones, they fit the hormone receptors in your body the way a key fits in a lock. With proper use, they work as nature intended.
Bioidentical hormones are safer and more effective than synthetic hormones. Many research studies have uncovered the same result: evidence that bioidentical hormones cause fewer negative outcomes and side effects than synthetic alternatives.
Are Bioidentical Hormones Right for You?
Bioidentical hormones are right for you if you’re looking for a safe, effective, and natural way to treat the symptoms of menopause.
It’s important to note that synthetic or bioidentical hormones must be administered under the supervision and care of a medical practitioner. Book an appointment with a Moment provider now!