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Is there a difference between bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones?

Written by Abigail Walker - January 08, 2023

Is there a difference between bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones?

Yes, there is a significant difference in the types of hormones available to supplement or replace those that are deficient in the body. Bioidentical hormones are specifically tailored to match the exact molecular structure of the hormones produced by your body. On the other hand, synthetic hormones generate molecules similar to but not identical to those produced naturally.

Bioidentical Hormones:

  • Bioidentical hormones are customized for each individual and prescribed based on an analysis of hormone levels in saliva, serum and urine samples that determine individual hormone needs.
  • These hormonal compounds are derived from plant sources such as soybeans, yams and other legumes and prepared in a laboratory under strict quality control standards.
  • Bioidentical HRT (hormone replacement therapy) is designed to mimic natural hormonal fluctuations within the body while replenishing those that may be decreased due to aging or medical problems.
  • When compounded properly and monitored properly, bioidentical hormones can provide relief from menopausal-related symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, poor sleep patterns, brain fog, depression and anxiety.

Synthetic Hormones:

  • Synthetic hormones are non-natural compounds made in a laboratory rather than being derived from plants or animals.
  • They do not match your body's natural chemistry as closely as bioidenticals do but they offer more stability over time because they do not break down as quickly when processed through your liver.
  • Synthetic hormones are often prescribed for their convenience—they come pre-made with specific dosage levels and can be taken without additional customization or testing. This can be useful if you have difficulty finding a compounding pharmacy with access to the necessary raw materials for preparing custom prescriptions; however, this convenience may lead to an incorrect dosing schedule since it does not take into account individual physiology or health concerns that could determine appropriate dosages.

Both bioidentical and synthetic hormone replacement therapies can help reduce menopausal-related symptoms; however, it is important to consult your doctor before starting any type of treatment plan as there can be serious side effects associated with both methods of therapy including breast cancer risk increase and cardiovascular problems (blood clots). The key things to consider when choosing between bioidenticals and synthetics is whether you would like personalized care with knowledge of how your particular hormonal profile will react to various treatments or if you need something relatively easy off-the-shelf solution at consistent dosages over time. At HGH Treatment clinic we tailor our therapies based upon individual needs/requirements taking into account past history as well as current health status – ensuring optimal safety while delivering successful results - so feel free to contact us for more info about which option might work best for you!

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