Treating Menopause, Which Hormone Therapy is Best and Safest?
Hormone therapy uses either “synthetic hormones” or “bioidentical hormones.” What’s the difference and why are bioidentical hormones superior?
To answer, we have to go back into history to the 1930s – known historically as the Decade of the Sex Hormones. After much research, it was discovered that a compound found in yams could be converted into progesterone with the exact molecular structure as the progesterone produced in a women’s ovaries. Digest that for a minute - that is a significant discovery. In other words, the hormone is “bioidentical,” it is identical to what your body produces.
The doctor that discovered this breakthrough wanted to turn his findings into a commercially viable product and sell it to pharmaceutical companies. Because natural substances (like progesterone from Mexican yams) cannot be patented, pharmaceutical companies chemically manufactured the molecules to create “synthetic” variations. The hormones and the process were then patented so they could be mass-marketed.
The difference between the “natural” identical–bio-identical hormone and ones that are synthetically made is significant. The body does not recognize synthetic hormones in the same way and it does not interpret them as the same. Bioidentical hormone practitioners generally do not want to be associated with these synthetic hormones because synthetic hormones are known for negative side effects and have ushered in unncessary concern about hormone replacement overall.
Now in 2015, we see more and more news stories revealing the merits of bioidentical hormone replacement, particularly for women’s health. It’s hard to shake the legacy of the synthetic hormones, but when you speak with Dr. Selma one-on-one you’ll be comforted and inspired by the wonderful and healthy changes possible for you.
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