Are bioidentical hormones still hormones?

Yes, bioidentical hormones are still hormones. They are called "bioidentical" because they are chemically identical to the hormones naturally produced by the human body. This similarity is intended to mimic the effects of the hormones produced by organs such as the ovaries and adrenal glands.

Bioidentical hormones are used in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances or deficiencies, such as those that occur during menopause, perimenopause, or as a result of other medical conditions affecting hormone production. Common bioidentical hormones include estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone.

The term "bioidentical" distinguishes these hormones from synthetic hormones, which may have a slightly different chemical structure than naturally occurring hormones. Bioidentical hormones are often promoted as being safer or more natural, but they carry similar risks and benefits as their synthetic counterparts.

Both types of hormones carry the same health risks of potentially causing breast cancer, stroke and heart attacks if used for the long term.

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