Our most common patient is one seeking bioidentical hormone replacement. We are often asked the difference between bioidentical and synthetic hormones. Basically, bioidentical hormones resemble the chemical structure as our own hormones, whereas, synthetics have a different structure from our own
Because of the difference in the structure in synthetics, we believe that this is probably the cause of the side effects and poor outcomes as seen in clinical studies. Although we would not give bioidentical estrogen to a female with newly diagnosed breast cancer , or testosterone to a male with prostate cancer, there are no significant studies to date that show either cause cancer.
In the long run they appear to be safer and there are many studies showing theie efficacy in privative treatment in such disease as osteoporosis, dementia, heart disease and general improvement in physical and mental health.