Bioidentical hormones are made in
the laboratory and are based on compounds found in plants (usually soy beans or
wild yams). Unlike supplements containing soy or wild yam extract, a
bioidentical hormone product has been processed by a specially trained
After the plant-based hormone is
processed, its structure is said to be identical to the
androgen hormone your body produces. (Well-designed
studies have yet to prove this theory.2) A compounding
pharmacist can offer you a custom-made formulation in one of many forms, such
as a capsule, skin cream or gel, tablet to dissolve under your tongue,
suppository, or nose spray. Some commonly prescribed estrogens and
progesterones are bioidenticals, such as Estrace (estradiol).
Ask any woman about her least favorite body part, and most of us will point to our middles. And in my experience, bellies can become especially anxiety-provoking when excess fat spills over the top of our jeans. Yes, the dreaded "muffin top."
Any woman can get a muffin top. But women are more likely to gain excess belly weight -- especially deep inside the belly -- as they go through perimenopause and into menopause, when their menstrual cycle ends. That's because as estrogen levels drop, body fat...
Just like synthetic hormone replacement therapy, bioidentical hormone
replacement is prescribed to increase or stabilize a woman's hormone levels.
This is generally done during perimenopause, when hormone levels change
unpredictably, and after menopause, when the hormones drop to low levels.