EP 80: Synthetic vs Bioidentical HRT – We Have to Differentiate

Did you know there are only four bioidentical hormones?

The amount of misinformation and confusion surrounding hormone replacement options – especially estradiol and micronized progesterone – is staggering. Many doctors act like synthetic hormones, and bioidenticals are the same thing when in reality, it’s like comparing apples to cars.

It’s time to make a stand and stop the lies in their tracks.

Synthetic hormones refer to old-school options that don’t look like your body’s natural hormones and often hit your body too hard. Basically, if you look at the name and it doesn’t say estradiol or progesterone, you know it’s synthetic. On the other hand, bioidentical hormones fit your hormone receptors like your body’s naturally produced hormones would.

Today, I’m doing a quick but deeper dive to clear up any confusion about estradiol, progesterone, ethinylestradiol, and micronized progesterone and why I recommend bioidentical hormones. In the maze of hormone replacement therapy options, it’s essential to understand what truly aligns with your body’s needs. Enjoy the episode!

Episode Highlights:
– What we mean when we refer to synthetic hormones
– The controversy surrounding bioidentical hormones and the influence of Big Pharma
– The history of the use of diethylstilbestrol (DES) and the significant adverse side effects
– What you need to know about ethinylestradiol, which used in most oral contraceptives
– Concerns around the long-term use of birth control pills, particularly post-menopause
– The ridiculous disparity in risk assessment between oral contraceptives and bioidentical hormone replacement
– Bioidentical hormone replacement options
– How the Women’s Health Initiative study impacted the collective’s perception of estrogen
– Why you should be cautious about using conjugated equine estrogens like Premarin
– Different types of progestins used in contraception and hormone replacement therapy
– Contraindications of synthetic progesterone medications
– The four types of bioidentical hormones
– Differences between synthetic and bioidentical hormones
– What’s behind the national shortage of micronized progesterone and alternatives
– A warning against predatory telemedicine clinics
– The benefits of bioidentical progesterone
– How different administration methods affect the risks and benefits of hormone replacement

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