The topic of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), especially with bioidentical hormones, seems to raise more questions than answers. Given the amount of misinformation and confusion that exists, I have prepared the following primer. It covers the ABCs of HRT and addresses some of the most commonly asked questions.
There seems to be a lot of confusion around the definition of “natural” versus “bioidentical versus “synthetic” hormones. One thing to remember when making this distinction is that “bioidentical” refers to the shape of the molecule itself rather than the source of the hormone.
Dear Dr. Northrup, I know you’ve been an advocate of bioidentical hormones for menopausal symptoms, but sometimes you also recommend herbs. I’m confused. How do I know which I should take? Thank for your guidance, Kikoo
Today’s topic is natural hormones versus synthetics. Now, this is an area of tremendous confusion, not only for the average person, but also for a lot of health care practitioners. People just don’t know the difference between a natural hormone and something that is not natural to the female human body. I’m going to give you the most common examples.