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The interest in a more natural approach to hormone therapy has focused attention on bio-identical hormones — hormones that are identical in molecular structure to the hormones women make in their bodies.

They’re not found in this form in nature but are made, or synthesized from a plant chemical extracted from yams and soy.

Bio-identical estrogens are 17 beta-estradiol, estrone, and estriol.  (Estradiol is the form of estrogen that decreases at menopause.)  Bio-identical progesterone is simply progesterone. It’s micronized (finely ground) in the laboratory for better absorption in the body.

Bio-identical hormone therapy is often called “natural hormone therapy” because bio-identical hormones act in the body just like the hormones we produce.  But here again, that tricky word natural muddies the waters.

Pregnant mares’ urine is natural, but Premarin is not bio-identical, at least not to human estrogen.

Click on the link below to find a compounding pharmacy.

The pharmacies listed on these pages make special combinations of bio-identical (natural) hormones in formulations to meet the specific needs of a patient according to a doctor's prescription.

Also see: hormones, estrogen

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