Jen (jennifer0246) wrote in vaginapagina,

'bioidentical' hormone supplementation - so-called 'bioidentical hormones' have risks similar to, if not greater than, pharmaceutical hormones when taken by perimenopausal and menopausal women.

some highlights, C&P from the article:

_"Bioidentical" is a marketing term that has no accepted medical meaning. Its implied benefit is not unique to alternative remedies; many prescription drugs contain hormones that chemically match estrogens and progesterones made naturally by the body.

_Custom-compounded hormones are not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration and have not been proved safe or effective. They may carry the same cancer and heart risks as traditional treatments and have had even less testing to find out.

_Hormone preparations do not need to be customized for each woman; a few standard doses work for almost everyone, medical experts say. The saliva tests that some women are given to tailor formulas are of dubious value because hormone levels fluctuate widely throughout the day.

_Compounding pharmacists use such different methods that a customized prescription can contain widely varying amounts of hormones depending on who fills it.

_Many compounders use estriol, a form of estrogen not approved for sale in the United States. The FDA is in a battle with compounding pharmacies over its use.

Very interesting stuff, even if it offers more questions and concerns than answers. Some women seem to have symptom relief with more mainstream supplementation - a mulitivitamin, calcium, perhaps an extra B complex supplement. What other 'treatments' for perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms have worked for you (or women you know)?

xposted vaginapagina and womenhealth
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