25 Again, a leader in hormone health and optimum aging, shares the differences between the two types of hormones and what they mean for hormone replacement therapy.
Our bodies rely on our hormones to keep us functioning properly. So when we have a hormone imbalance, whether from stress or something else, our body and mind can feel out of sync.
If you’re unable to get your hormones balanced after trying several methods, you might begin to look at hormone replacement therapy and hormone optimization. These treatments and therapies can not only balance your hormones, but also help you feel like yourself.
As you research these treatments and whether they’re right for you, you’ll see two types of hormone replacement options: bioidentical and synthetic.
Differences Between Bioidentical and Synthetic Hormones
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are created to be exact replicas of hormones naturally produced by your body. They are matched molecule by molecule to ensure they’ll fit you to a tee.
When using bioidentical hormones in replacement therapy, your body won’t even know that they were replaced.
How are Bioidentical Hormones Made?
Bioidentical hormones can be made from soy, yams, and other plant extracts. They are then manipulated in a lab setting to ensure they fit your body molecules.
Are Bioidentical Hormones Safe?
At 25 Again, we only use bioidentical hormones in our replacement therapies. There is a lot of research out there about the dangers of synthetic hormones due to how they cannot fit our bodies and molecules. We’re not able to predict the outcome of synthetic hormone replacement because we don’t know how it might react in your body. We hope future research can shed some light on this subject.
What are Synthetic Hormones?
Synthetic hormones are the exact opposite of bioidentical hormones. They do not replicate your body’s creation of hormones and are not matched to exactly fit your molecules.
When using synthetic hormones in replacement therapy, it is possible your body can react poorly to the fake hormones because they are not fitted to you.
How are Synthetic Hormones Made?
These hormones are created using plant progesterone and animal estrogens. While they are made in a lab like bioidentical hormones, synthetic hormones use items that wouldn’t be naturally found in the body and are thereby not metabolized naturally.
Are Synthetic Hormones Safe?
New studies suggest synthetic hormones are not a safe option for long term use when undergoing hormone replacement therapy. This is because the hormones are not matched to your body and there is no idea how your body will react when applied. There have been several studies on the safety of synthetic hormones, with many patients experiencing severe risks after undergoing long term treatment.
Understanding Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy can help you feel more like yourself, whether that means more energy or a better memory. Before you get started, it’s important to understand the types of hormones out there and exactly how your replacement therapy and treatment will work.
If you’re interested in learning more about bioidentical or synthetic hormones or hormone replacement therapy, 25 Again can help. While we only work with bioidentical hormones, we can give you all the information you need to make the right decision for you.