Many people are surprised to hear that there are two very different types of hormones to chose from when doing hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Some have heard of bioidentical hormones thanks to the support of celebrities like Suzanne Somers and Oprah. But, most are still unsure of what they really are.
Difference Between Bioidentical Hormones and Synthetic Hormones
Bioidentical hormones are considered to be superior to synthetic hormones because they are molecularly identical to the hormones that your body produces naturally, and are derived from naturally occurring plant-based sources such as yams and soy. Because bioidentical hormones are exact replicas of the hormones already being produced in your body, your body cannot tell the difference between the supplemented bioidentical hormones and the ones it produces naturally. On the other hand, synthetic hormones are usually manufactured and patented by pharmaceutical companies. Pharmaceutical companies cannot patent anything that is natural, so pharmaceutical companies attach side chains (like methyl and acetate groups) to the original molecule, thus creating synthetic hormones. Structurally, synthetic hormones are not the same as human endogenous hormones, and usage can therefore lead to unpleasant side effects.
At NY Health & Wellness we only use the highest quality bioidentical hormones. We create a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy regimen for you that is specific to your needs. Our bioidentical hormones are always custom compounded according to your body’s pre-existing hormone levels, your clinical symptoms and your ultimate health goals.