October 12, 2022 specialist advising on hormone therapy

Which Hormones Are Safer: Synthetic or Bioidentical?

Do you have questions about hormones? Hormones are essential for the body to function correctly, but when they get out of balance, it can lead to a number of health problems. That’s why hormone replacement therapy is becoming increasingly popular. However, not all hormones are created equal. Here, we will discuss the difference between bioidentical and synthetic hormones and why bioidentical hormones are a safer option.

Synthetic Hormones in Hormone Replacement Therapy

The most common synthetic hormones are estrogen and progestin. These hormones are found in birth control pills and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) drugs. They are also known by their brand names, such as Premarin and Provera.

How Are They Made?

Synthetic hormones are created in a laboratory by combining plant and animal products with synthetic chemicals.

What Risks Are They Associated With?

There are many risks associated with taking synthetic hormones, including:

  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches
  • Irritability 
  • Mood swings 

They are also known to contribute to the development of breast and uterine cancers.

Where Can I Find Them?

Synthetic hormones are found in many common medications, such as birth control pills and HRT drugs. They can also be purchased over the counter at most pharmacies.

Replacing Hormones the Natural Way: Bio-identical Hormones 

Bioidentical hormones are made from plant products and are structurally identical to the hormones produced by the human body. The most common bioidentical hormones are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

How Are They Made?

Bioidentical hormones are created in a laboratory by extracting hormone molecules from plants and then combining them to create the desired hormone.

What Risks Are They Associated With?

There are no risks associated with taking bioidentical hormones because they are identical to the hormones produced by the human body. This means that the body can easily metabolize and use them.

Where Can I Find Them?

Bioidentical hormones can be found at most health food stores and pharmacies. However, they are not always easy to find. They can be prescribed by a healthcare provider for use in Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Put Your Health in the Hands of a Bioidentical Hormones Clinic

At Alpine Clinic, we use bioidentical hormones to treat hormone imbalances. We work with each patient to create a personalized treatment plan that meets their individual needs. We use only the highest quality products and our providers are highly trained and experienced in hormone replacement therapy. If you are interested in learning more about bioidentical hormones or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

Hormone replacement therapy is a big decision and it’s important to make sure you are getting the right kind of hormones for your body. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Alpine Clinic. We are here to help you on your journey to optimal health!