Bio-Identical Hormones Vs. Synthetic Hormones: What’s the Difference?

Fluctuations in your hormone levels can cause a number of unwanted effects, including weight gain, irritability, memory problems, and more. There are many treatments designed to stabilize your system, and both synthetic (man-made) and bio-identical (nature-derived) options are available. Is one better than the other? Dr. Jeffrey Hunt, our board certified physician, and our team of registered nurses explain what the differences are to help you select the method that best serves your needs and goals.

Bio-identical hormones are created to be compatible with and chemically indistinct from the naturally produced hormones that your body produces. Synthetic hormones may have significant chemical differences that your body cannot metabolize, potentially causing negative effects. Bio-identical hormones are derived from natural plant sources rather than engineered by a lab. Furthermore, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is administered through a long-lasting subdermal implant, which slowly releases the hormones to help maintain consistent, stable results. Synthetic hormones typically will be delivered via oral medication, patch, cream, or injection, which may lead to spikes and dips in hormone levels that could affect your well-being.

Some studies have suggested that bio-identical hormones may reduce the risk of cancer, particularly when combined with bio-identical nutraceutical supplements. These nutrients are designed to work in harmony with the bio-identical hormones, enhancing your metabolic processes and helping you achieve optimal health and wellness.

Hormone levels in both men and women may begin to drop as early as their late 30s and early 40s. Bio-identical hormones can help revitalize your energy, mental acuity, sex drive, sleep quality, and even your physical strength. If you’re noticing a difference in your life, it may be time to talk to your doctor about bio-identical hormones.

For more information about bio-identical hormones, or if you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hunt, please contact us today.