Bio-Identical Hormones ~ The natural approach
All hormones are “natural.” But, what most women mean when they say they want natural hormones, is that they are interested in using bioidentical hormones. The distinction is that bioidentical hormones are identical in their molecular shape, make-up, and structure to hormones made in the human body. This is what makes bioidentical hormones the perfect “keys” to unlock the body’s receptor sites. In other words, it’s the shape of the molecule, not the source.
When we take hormonal replacement therapy that doesn’t fit the original design that our cells recognize, the side effects can range from annoying and uncomfortable to downright dangerous..
Bioidentical hormones duplicate the structure of our hormones exactly as they are found in our bodies. This is why they work better in our bodies, often with less side effects and risks.
The molecules naturally produced in the human female body for which we most often seek replacement include:
Check the label. If it lists “esterified estrogens,” “progestins,” or “progestogens,” the product is not bioidentical and may pose additional risk.
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