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J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Jul;22(7):1030-4. Epub 2007 Mar 7.

Bioidentical hormones for menopausal hormone therapy: variation on a theme.

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  • 1Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 571460, Washington, DC 20052-1460, USA. ajf29@georgetown.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Progesterone creams and natural or bioidentical compounded estrogen preparations are being promoted to consumers as safe alternatives to conventional menopausal hormone therapy and as health-promoting tonics. No reliable data support these claims.

SAFETY:

Natural hormones, including estradiol, estriol, estrone, and progesterone, can be expected to have the same adverse event profile as conventional menopausal hormone regimens.

SALIVARY HORMONE TESTS:

Salivary tests may be used to persuade asymptomatic consumers to use hormones (or symptomatic patients to use higher doses than those needed to mitigate symptoms), a practice that can be expected to result in adverse events.

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17549577
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