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Dr. Shira Miller
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What are bioidentical hormones?

Dr. Shira Miller
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
351K people helped
What are bioidentical hormones?

Natural HRT. : Bioidentical hormones are hormones produced in a laboratory to be identical in chemical structure to what the body would produce. ...Read more

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Dr. Shira Miller
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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I've heard that hormone replacement therapy can help with hot flashes. Everyone's talking about bioidentical hormones. What exactly are they and are they safe to use?

Dr. Shira Miller
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
351K people helped
I've heard that hormone replacement therapy can help with hot flashes. Everyone's talking about bioidentical hormones. What exactly are they and are they safe to use?

Natural HRT. : Bioidentical hormones are hormones produced in a laboratory to be identical in chemical structure to what the body would produce. Many doctors, including myself, consider them safer and more effective than non-bioidentical hormones. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Rohde
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What is the definition or description of: bioidentical hormones?

Dr. Thomas Rohde
Board Certified, General Practice
30 years in practice
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What is the definition or description of: bioidentical hormones?

Human identical: Bioidentical hormones are generally made from yams or soy and converted in a lab to the exact molecular structure of our own human hormones so they function in our bodies as our own hormones would. ...Read more

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Dr. Mary Engrav
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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Just above my ankle it is sore to the touch and swollen also further up starting at my knee and on up into my thigh is also sore it does not feel warm to the touch I am not on birth control and I have never smoked i did however use bioidentical hormone re

Dr. Mary Engrav
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
26 years in practice
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If : If a patient has leg pain and swelling, then doctors are always worried about blood clots (thrombosis). Pain, swelling, chest pain, or shortness of breath usually indicate the need for an ultrasound to rule out clot. Contacting your doctor would be the safest thing to do in that situation. Other possibilities include infection or arthritic-type conditions. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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I recently went on bioidentical hormones. Gyn says life will get better. Whats up with the acne, though? 50 looking like 16. Any advice?

Dr. Michael Sinclair
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I recently went on bioidentical hormones.  Gyn says life will  get better. Whats up with the acne, though? 50 looking like 16. Any advice?

Tweak the components: When i manage bioidentical hormones, i get baseline labs, and then treat based on symptoms. Acne can mean too much testosterone or possibly not enough estrogen. I repeat labs when i get "opposite" symptoms like low libido and acne at the same time. Your acne might just need some topical treatment and an effective skin care regimen. Avoiding sugar seems to help acne. ...Read more

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Dr. Shira Miller
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What are the side effects of bioidentical hormones?

Dr. Shira Miller
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
351K people helped
What are the side effects of bioidentical hormones?

Less than HRT. : Bioidentical hormones are hormones produced in a laboratory to be identical in chemical structure to what the body would produce. They have less side effects and are more effective than non-bioidentical hormones. However, if the dose is too high or too low, or the hormones are prescribed the wrong way, then the side effects can be the same as non-bioidentical hormones. ...Read more

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Dr. Shira Miller
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Are bioidentical hormones better than regular hormones?

Dr. Shira Miller
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
351K people helped
Are bioidentical hormones better than regular hormones?

Yes. : Bioidentical hormones are hormones produced in a laboratory to be identical in chemical structure to what the body would produce. Many doctors, including myself, consider them safer and more effective than non-bioidentical hormones. ...Read more

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Dr. Shira Miller
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
351K people helped
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What are bioidentical hormones?

Dr. Shira Miller
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
351K people helped

Natural HRT. : Bioidentical hormones are hormones produced in a laboratory to be identical in chemical structure to what the body would produce. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Rohde
Board Certified, General Practice
30 years in practice
915K people helped
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What is the definition or description of: bioidentical hormones?

Dr. Thomas Rohde
Board Certified, General Practice
30 years in practice
915K people helped

Human identical: Bioidentical hormones are generally made from yams or soy and converted in a lab to the exact molecular structure of our own human hormones so they function in our bodies as our own hormones would. ...Read more

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Dr. Yvette Westford
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
15 years in practice
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What is the difference between bioidentical hormones and natural hormones?

Dr. Yvette Westford
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
15 years in practice
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One if the same: Bio-identical hormones are identical to the hormones that are made by the human body. The term "bio-identical" does not indicate the SOURCE but rather refers to the CHEMICAL STRUCTURE. The term is used interchangeably with NATURAL as in "found in nature". Ironically, naturally occurring substances cannot be patented so, the pharmaceutical industry chemically altered them in order to get a patent. ...Read more

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