When confronted with the need or the desire to replace hormones for medical reasons, you should first seek the advice of a reputable MD. It turns out that the terms “natural” and “synthetic”, used by various labs, may be misleading. And unless you understand what they mean, you may get the wrong treatment and thus end up with bad results. That is why exploring your options with the right natural hormone replacement therapy is so important.
By “natural”, many labs mean hormones made from herbs or plants and thus it may lead you to believe that this is a good, healthy product. On the other hand, the so-called “synthetic” hormones are fabricated artificially in such a way that their chemical structure is equal or equivalent to the original human hormone. In both cases, either “natural” or “synthetic” may be good for your health depending on the person.
On the other hand, those labeled as “bioidentical” are undistinguishable from the human hormone. Their molecular structure not only is equal to the original hormone, but it also works exactly as if it was produced by the human body. Thus, the term “bioidentical”, applied to a hormone, assures that the product will work just as the human hormone. Bioidentical hormones are usually derived from soy, yams, and other plants. The fact that they are made from natural products guarantees that they have not been artificially synthetized.
Finally, the patient must be aware that some labs mix their “natural” and “synthetic” hormones, thus adding to the danger that these drugs pose. Not so in the case of bioidentical hormones since not only are they “natural” but also have no mixture of other potentially harmful hormones.