Table 1.

Bioidentical Hormones: Misconceptions and Facts

Bioidentical hormones are natural.Bioidentical refers to structure; natural refers to source.
Bioidentical hormones are custom-compounded.Custom-compounding is one way to obtain bioidentical hormones. FDA-approved drugs are another.
Bioidentical hormones are safe hormones.All hormones can cause side effects. A “completely safe” hormone does not exist.
Conventional/traditional hormones are synthetic hormones.Conventional hormones may be synthetic or bioidentical. The choice of prescription depends on patient and physician preferences.
  • FDA, US Food and Drug Administration.