Menopause FAQs: Bioidentical Hormones includes some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about bioidentical hormone therapy (BHT), bioidentical custom compounded hormone therapy or ‘bioidenticals’.
What are bioidentical hormones?
Depending on the Source the definition of bioidentical hormones may vary. In Menopausal Symptoms: In-Depth – What the Science Says About Complementary Health Approaches for Menopause Symptoms: Other Complementary Approaches – Bioidentical Hormones the (United States) National Institute of Complementary and Integrative Health’s (NCCIH definition is:
- “Bioidentical hormones are hormones from plant sources that are chemically similar or identical to hormones produced in the human body”.
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What kinds of bioidentical hormones are used to treat menopause symptoms?
- “Two kinds of bioidentical hormone products are used to treat menopause symptoms: those that have gone through the same FDA approval process as other types of hormone therapy, and custom-mixed preparations that compounding pharmacies prepare individually for patients”.
Natural or Not?
Are bioidentical hormones ‘natural’ or not?
Safe or Not?
Are bioidentical hormones ‘safe’ or not?
In Menopause Management: Pharmacy-Compounded Hormones the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:
- We have no research evidence that the recommended doses of the hormone preparations made by compounding pharmacists are safe or effective
- It has been claimed this form of hormone therapy does not cause side effects, but this therapy is similar to all prescription hormone therapies, and therefore should have the same risks and benefits. This is unproven and unlikely, with many women presenting with known complications of oestrogen and testosterone therapy while on compounded hormonal preparations…”.
Recommended or Not?
Are bioidentical hormones recommended or not?
In the Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy – endorsed by seven menopause-related organizations – published online 20 June 2016, one of the points of consensus is:
- “The use of custom-compounded hormone therapy is not recommended because of lack of regulation, rigorous safety and efficacy testing, batch standardization, and purity measures”.
Are scientifically tested and government approved ‘natural’ products available, instead of bioidentical hormones?
On page one in Bioidentical Hormone Therapy: Custom-Compounded Versus Government Approved the NAMS explain for the United States:
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