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What Are the Risks of Bioidentical Hormones?

By Justin DiMateo

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Bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as hormones made naturally by the body. They are a type of hormone used in hormone therapy, which may be used in the treatment of menopause.

Bio-identical hormones are made from plant chemicals extracted from yams and soy. In cases with side effects present, the hormone dosage may be too high.

Patients must be properly monitored to ensure the appropriate dosage is provided. Some of the possible symptoms that patients experience while using bio-identical hormones include weight gain, depression, facial hair growth, hair loss and fatigue.

Weight gain is typically seen in the abdominal region, thighs and buttocks. In terms of depression, whether one is predisposed to depression may determine if they suffer from this side effect.

Hair loss and facial hair growth may subside once the treatment is halted. Fatigue associated with hormones that are bio-identical may be mild, moderate or severe.

Another side effect that has been associated with bioidentical hormones is the body's dependency on them. Patients will not become addicted to

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them and they are not habit forming, but the body may begin to need them. The FDA does not regulate these type of hormones, meaning there is relatively little information known about their side effects. With little known about the side effects of these drugs, many physicians and healthcare professionals do not condone the use of these drugs, although there are still those who support their use.

There are some hormones that are approved by the FDA and are sold in standard doses, while others are 'custom made' by compounding factories and therefore are not approved by the FDA. The FDA does not approve these forms because they are not standardized, which does not necessarily mean that they are unsafe.

The compounding of bioidentical hormones has not been banned by the FDA, as they may be useful for patients who are allergic to a certain components in the FDA-approved bioidentical hormone treatment.

Individuals who are interested in bioidentical hormones should make sure that the drugs they are taking are trustworthy and properly compounded. Some reports indicate that serious side effects, which may include death, have been associated with improperly compounded bioidentical hormone drugs. A physician will have further information.

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The debate as to whether bioidentical hormones are safer or more effective than other hormone therapy treatments will go on. Patients should study the side effects, speak to their doctor and weigh their benefits in determining if they are right for them. Online Resources: Visit for more information and treatment

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