We’ve mentioned that the FDA has approved over 20 bioidentical hormones and now want to share some of the hormones on that list, specifically those meant to treat menopause symptoms. We’ve also included some synthetic hormones on the list in order to keep you informed on the hormones out there.
Remember that it is never a good idea to take any hormones without first being tested so that you can be sure about which hormones (if any) your body needs to achieve balance and overall wellness. Once you are on hormone therapy, follow-up tests are also vital to keep track of your progress and the effect of the hormones on your body. Furthermore, we always suggest bioidentical hormones over the less natural and more dangerous synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormones are identical to the hormones in your body and can be completely utilized without the dangerous side effects of synthetic or non-bioidentical hormones. BodyLogicMD affiliated physicians do prescribe bioidentical hormones from this list.
Always talk with your doctor before starting any hormone replacement therapy.
|Conjugated equine estrogens (CEE)/pregnant mares’ urine||Premarin||Pill||No|
|Synthetic conjugated estrogens/plants||Cenestin, Enjuvia||Pill||No|
|17 beta-estradiol/plants ++Micronized (Particles are made smaller for better absorption)++||Estrace, others||Pill||Yes*|
|Alora, Climara, Esclim, Estraderm, Vivelle, others||Patch||Yes|
|Estropipate (modified estrone)/plants||Ortho-Est, Ogen, others||Pill||No|
|Estradiol acetate||Femring||Vaginal ring||Yes|
|Estradiol hemihydrate||Vagifem||Vaginal tablet**||Yes|
|Progestins, micronized progesterone|
|Medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA)||Amen, Cycrin, Provera||Pill||No|
|Micronized progesterone USP||Prometrium||Pill||Yes|
|Prochieve 4%||Vaginal gel||Yes|
|Norethindrone||Micronor, Nor-QD, others||Pill||No|
|Norethindrone acetate||Aygestin, others||Pill||No|
|CEE and MPA||Premphase, Prempro||Pill||No|
|Ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone acetate||Femhrt||Pill||No|
|17 beta-estradiol and norethindrone acetate||Activella||Pill||No|
|17 beta-estradiol and norgestimate||Prefest||Pill||No~|
|17 beta-estradiol and levonorgestrel||Climara Pro||Patch||No~|
|*Bioidentical estradiol until ingested and converted in the liver to estrone.|
|**For vaginal symptoms only.|
|~The estradiol is bioidentical but not the progestin.|