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Compounded or confused? Bioidentical hormones and menopausal health

Compounded or confused? Bioidentical hormones and menopausal health

Menopause International 17(1): 16-18

The aim of this article is to focus on compounded bioidentical hormone (BH) formulations for menopausal symptoms and to discuss the impact of these on women's choice of treatment. The practice of compounding BHs for individualized treatment of women with menopausal symptoms has developed in the USA. In spite of claims of superiority, there is no evidence to suggest that these formulations are any more efficacious or safe than conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT). In fact, there are some concerns about dosing inconsistencies and usefulness of saliva testing that is carried out as part of this type of treatment. While there should be no serious safety issues for women, there is a mismatch between the reality of compounded BH formulations and women's perception of them.

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Accession: 052269293

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PMID: 21427420

DOI: 10.1258/mi.2011.011009

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