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The Bioidentical Difference

At ENERGENEX in San Diego, our bioidentical hormone therapy doctors insist on the treatments that work best for our patients, and that includes avoiding the use of synthetic or animal-derived hormones. Bioidentical hormones, as the name implies, have a molecular structure that’s identical from the hormones that are naturally produced by the body.

Understanding Synthetics

At a typical doctor’s office, men and women who require hormone replacement therapy are often prescribed hormones that are created synthetically, or derived from plant or animal sources. One example is Premarin, an estrogen treatment for women that’s derived from pregnant mares’ urine.

When these synthetic hormones are metabolized by the body, the results can’t always be reported accurately by laboratory tests. Premarin metabolizes into different types of estrogen that existing tests don’t measure, causing difficulty in precise monitoring of treatment efficacy. Synthetic hormones have a different molecular structure from the hormones created naturally within the body, which causes a different activity on cell receptors than what might be preferred. They may work fine, or they may cause unintended side effects, or have no effect whatsoever.

Bioidentical hormones are derived from plant-based sources, and react within the body just like natural hormones would, causing predicable reactions and measurable results. Hormone test results will reflect your natural hormone levels in combination with the hormones added by your treatment, giving a more accurate picture of your whole body health.

Truly Customized Treatment

Synthetic hormone replacement therapy treatments from a standard pharmacy come in predetermined dosages, taking a one-size-fits-all approach toward your health. At ENERGENEX in San Diego, our bioidentical hormone therapy doctors prescribe bioidentical hormones through our compounding pharmacy, allowing us to design a customized treatment plan specifically for your needs.