The use of ‘bioidentical hormones’ has become somewhat of an epidemic. The internet is loaded with websites boasting the miraculous benefits of using bioidenticals for just about anything including weight loss, anti-aging, insomnia and of course for the symptoms of menopause. But unfortunately, these “all natural” hormones carry with them some surprising risks that no one is talking about. They may calm down menopausal symptoms but it is usually short lived and are not without their consequences. They build up in your system over time.
Bioidentical hormones are NOT found in nature.
In order for chemists to create a bioidentical hormone, they extract specific phytochemicals from plants and chemically manipulate them through a multi-step process in order to produce a “bioidentical” hormone. But is it really bioidentical? Are they exactly the same as the hormone that your body produces? Not one bit. Although they have significantly less risk than synthetic hormones, this does not make them safe. It’s a Family Affair
Both men and women who are taking ANY kind of bioidentical hormone will be actively sharing it through what is known as passive transfer. This occurs with skin-to-skin contact or direct deposit of skin oils on shared surfaces. Spouses, children, and pets have the greatest risk due to regular and frequent exposure. The possibility for hormone transfer is even greater with spousal contact, especially when sweating under the covers. When snuggled up next to each other, their shared sweat through direct, skin-to-skin contact is the conduit for transferring hormones back and forth. So let’s play this scenario out. If the male is on bioidentical testosterone, regardless of the mode of entry (topical or oral), his wife will eventually have elevated testosterone levels and can experience personality changes or other physiologic hormone dysregulation. If the woman is on progesterone or estrogen (remember, we are talking about bioidentical hormones only), she is now passing that over to her man resulting in an increase of female hormones for him. As well, each of them will be sharing their respective hormones with their children, pets, family members or co-workers. This now becomes a potential hormonal disaster that can only be resolved with proper testing and targeted intervention.
Bioidenticals pose a potential heightened risk for conditions like cancer or stroke.
It Really is Unbelievable, I Know
If you are having difficulty wrapping your head around this, I get it. It seems pretty unbelievable at first but I have seen this scenario first hand. If you or someone you know is using bioidentical hormones, get the word out about how problematic these bioidentical hormones are.The bioidentical hormone craze is not all it’s cracked up to be. These compounds are not safe and ultimately put the people you love at the greatest risk.
Fixing the Problem Salivary testing is the most accurate way to test your hormone levels. After you’ve ordered the appropriate tests, begin to switch out any suspected hormone-containing products for ones that are safe to use. And then start working on your liver detoxification capacity. Don’t be quick to run to the internet, otherwise known as Dr. Google, but instead, listen to a qualified practitioner who understands how to gently clear out those stored hormones by providing specific herbal and nutritional support for the liver so you don’t continue passing them along. Before trying hormone replacement therapy, I recommend a natural approach to balancing hormones, including improving your diet, exercising, using natural herbs, decreasing allergies or deficiencies, and reducing stress.
You don’t have to stay on bioidentical hormones in order to feel amazing. Your body is fully capable of providing the right amount of hormones as long as it has what it needs to do so.