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Can bioidentical hormones have side effects?

Written by John Smyth - January 16, 2023

Can Bioidentical Hormones Have Side Effects?

Bioidentical hormones, also known as biogeneric or biosimilar hormones, are plant-based forms of hormones that are identical in molecule structure to the hormones naturally produced by the human body. As such, they can be used to help regulate hormone levels and reduce the symptoms of menopause and other hormonal conditions.

Like any medical treatment, however, there is potential for bioidentical hormone therapies to have side effects. It's important for people considering these treatments to be aware of the risks associated with them so they can make an informed decision about their health.

Potential Risks

Some of the potential risks associated with bioidentical hormone therapy include:

  • Heart disease - studies have shown that estrogen and progestin (both found in some bioidentical hormone formulas) may increase one's risk of stroke and heart attack. This risk is greater for those who smoke or have pre-existing heart conditions.
  • Blood clots - using combinations of estrogen and progestin may increase the risk of blood clots forming in one's veins or arteries. This can lead to serious complications such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
  • Breast cancer - Taking synthetic forms of estrogen and progesterone has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer in some studies, although it is not clear if bioidenticals carry this same risk. It is recommended that women get regular mammograms while on these types of medications.
  • Headaches/migraines - some people taking bioidenticals report experiencing headaches or migraines, which may be due to a change in their hormone levels. If this occurs, the patient should talk with their doctor about other ways to manage their symptoms or try adjusting their dose accordingly.

While there are potential risks associated with taking bioidenticals, there are also several benefits that should not be overlooked when deciding whether or not to use them as part of a health plan. Most importantly, many patients find that taking bioidenticals helps them to manage their symptoms better than conventional drugs do with fewer side effects overall. In addition, because they are plant-based rather than chemically derived like some synthetic medications, many consider them a more natural option.

HGH Treatment clinic provides excellent quality hormonal replacement services utilizing only medically approved Bio-Identical Hormones produced under FDA approved protocols regulated by compounding pharmacists certified by PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America). Contact us today for more information on how we can help you find relief from your menopausal symptoms!

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