Hormones have a profound effect on a person’s everyday health and wellness. Although present in only tiny amounts, hormones act on every cell in the body. Hormones have individual effects but also interact with each other to produce dramatic effects internally. Because of these interactions, they are able to trigger multiple body systems.
Bio-identical hormones, often referred to as “natural” hormones, are hormones that are exact copies of endogenous human hormones, and include estriol, estradiol, and progesterone. These hormones are unlike synthetic hormones, which have different chemical structures.
Based on clinical and physiological results, bio-identical hormones are associated with lower risks than synthetic or commercial counterparts, and are therefore the preferred method of hormone replacement therapy for women experiencing symptoms of menopause or who are being treated for high-risk pregnancies, and for men experiencing andropause (male menopause) or low testosterone.
Synthetic hormones can also have detrimental cardiovascular effects when compared to bio-identical hormones. For example, transdermal bio-identical estrogen and progesterone are associated with beneficial cardiovascular and metabolic effects when compared to synthetic versions.