Q. Are bioidentical hormones approved and regulated by the FDA?

Many people are under the misconception that bioidentical hormones are not FDA-approved.

Bioidentical hormones are derived from plant sources, such as soy and yams, which are approved by the FDA. Bioidentical hormones may be delivered in the form of creams, patches, pills, gels, pellets of vaginal rings. Bioidentical hormones are designed in a lab and shipped to a compounding pharmacy where they are custom designed to fit the needs of each patient. Because each prescription is custom-compounded for each individual patient, FDA approval and regulation is limited.

Conventional (synthetic) hormones are created in specific, patented doses and delivery methods (not customized), therefore regulation is possible.

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