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).
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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.