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  • Since the Women's Health Initiative study in 2002 published its findings that traditional synthetic hormone treatment (HRT) increases the risk for women to develop breast cancer, blood clots and deep vein thrombosis, many women are looking for alternatives.

    Bioidentical

    The FDA does not necessarily recognize the term "bioidentical" because it has not been officially defined by the industry. For most uses, it means any hormone that behaves in the human body the same way your own hormones do, according to JohnLeeMD.com.

    Physician Prescribed

    Your doctor may prescribe pharmaceutical-grade hormones that have been derived from plant sources. These are considered to be bioidentical.

    Over the Counter

    Many non-prescription products are available that use "bioidentical" in their description. Derived from soy or wild yam, the FDA does not endorse them due to lack of research. You can find them at your local pharmacy, health food store and online.

    Pharmacist Compounded

    At the request of your doctor, a compounding pharmacist will formulate a cream or pill specifically for you based on hormone tests. Some compounding pharmacies advertise online, or you can ask your doctor for a recommendation.

    Considerations

    For over-the-counter supplements, look for a dosage of at least USP 15 mg, according to JohnLeeMD.com. Discuss your options with your doctor.

    Source:

    FDA.gov: Bio-Identicals, Sorting Myths from Facts

    JohnLeeMD.com: FAQs About Progesterone Cream

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