Bioidentical Hormones FAQs
Bioidentical hormones are custom-compounded in a lab to have an “identical” molecular structure to the hormones that the human body produces naturally. In order to better understand how bioidentical hormones function in the human body, think of how a key works to unlock a door. Imagine the key as the hormone and the lock is the hormone receptor. If the key does not fit right, you will not be able to unlock the door. Hormones work in the same way. Even minute differences on the molecular level can disrupt hormone balance. Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are designed so that they fit perfectly within the hormone receptors. This “perfect fit” makes them more effective for balancing your hormone levels.
There are several studies that suggest that bioidentical hormones are not only safer, but more effective than traditional, synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormones are derived from naturally-occurring resources, such as soy and yams and have been recognized by many as a natural alternative to their synthetic counterparts. The primary difference between synthetic and bioidentical hormones is how they function within the human body. Being that bioidentical hormones are derived from natural sources, they are less likely to cause unwanted side effects. For more information on the safety and efficacy of bioidentical hormones, visit our Medical Research Studies section.
In order to determine an accurate baseline of your current hormone levels, a doctor will typically require hormone testing. Your hormone levels can be tested using blood, saliva, urine or any combination of the three. Testing also makes it easier for a physician to monitor your hormone levels during and after treatment.