Are Hormones dangerous?
The media (and many medical providers) have incorrectly lumped traditional commercially-available hormones (such as Premarin, Prempro and Provera) in with Bioidentical Hormones when reporting on the latest research or answering questions about hormones. As a result, many are unaware that Bioidentical Hormones actually lower your risk of disease, while some commercially-available hormones raise your risk of serious illness and disease. Most bioidentical hormones start with a base of wild yams, while some commercially available hormones are synthesized from pregnant mare’s urine (Premarin and PremPro) and contain estrogens that are unique to horses and not found in humans at all.
Another ingredient used in commercially-available hormones is medroxyprogesterone acetate, the “pro” part of Prempro (or sold alone as Provera). Because medroxyprogesterone acetate has “progesterone” as part of it’s name, many wrongly assume that it is indeed progesterone and that it is safe (it is not!). Medroxyprogesterone acetate has been shown to raise a woman’s risk of breast cancer by over 60% and these medications are surprisingly still prescribed today. It is difficult at best to keep up with all of the information when so much of it sounds alike and there are so many opinions on hormones in general. We’ve had hundreds of hours of training and earned Advanced Specialty Certification in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and are here to help you find answers. With the gift of having treated well over 2,000 men and women with Bioidentical Hormones, we additionally have the experience so vital to helping each individual patient in the manner that’s best for them.