Bio-identical hormones have the same chemical structure as hormones that are made by the human body. The key to natural or bio-identical versus synthetic is the molecular structure of the hormone. In order for a replacement hormone to fully replicate the function of hormones which were originally naturally produced and present in the human body, the chemical structure must exactly match the original.
How Are They Different
Researchers have long held that there are significant differences between hormones that are natural to humans and synthetic (including horse) preparations. Structural differences that exist between synthetic or animal and human hormones may be responsible for side effects that are experienced when non-bio-identical hormones are used for replacement therapy. It is the structure of the hormone, not the source, that is key.
Bio-identical hormones are able to follow normal metabolic pathways so that essential active metabolites are formed in response to hormone replacement therapy.
Today's women prefer natural hormones. In a survey of a nationally representative same of 1,009 women aged 40 and older, 83% said they would prefer to use hormones that are similar to their own body's hormones.
Hormone Related Symptoms May Occur During The Feminine Life Cycle
Cramping, PMS, Infertility, Endometriosis, Irregular Menstrual Periods, Fibrocystic breasts, Weight gain, Mood swings, Reduced Libido, Vaginal Thinning/Dryness, Painful intercourse, Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Depression, Anxiety, Poor concentration, Memory Lapses, Insomnia and Disturbed Sleep, Arteriosclerosis, Osteoporosis.
Goals of Bio-Identical HRT
Alleviate the symptoms caused by the natural decrease in production of hormones by the body.
Give the protective benefits which were originally provided by naturally occurring hormones.
Re-establish a hormonal balance.
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