Traditional hormone replacement drugs are made from the urine of pregnant horses and other synthetic sources. Bioidentical hormones are different in that they are identical chemically to those our bodies make and are converted from plant estrogens in a pharmaceutical lab or compounding pharmacy.
Supporters of bioidentical hormones believe they are safer due to their ‘natural’ sourcing. But most experts believe that the risks of both are similar. Overriding the body’s normal hormonal production, regardless of the source, has shown to increase the risks of blood clots, stroke, glandular disease, heart disease and cancer. Phytohormones do not convert to estrogen in the body, but because of their close chemical structures can provide a broad spectrum of health benefits without assuming the risks of Hormone Replacement Therapies.