How are bio-identical hormones made?
Bio-identical hormones are derived from natural plant resources, primarily wild Mexican yam and soybean. These plants are chemically synthesized in a laboratory into exact replicas of certain human hormones. In response to a prescription from a licensed practitioner, the hormones are then carefully and accurately formulated by a highly trained compounding pharmacist. This process allows the pharmacist to custom prepare prescription applications based on the individual patients needs. Compounding pharmacists use FDA approved pharmaceutical grade chemicals with certificates of analysis to verify purity. These bulk chemicals originate from the same sources that supply pharmaceutical manufacturers. It is a misconception that pharmacists extract hormones from soy and other plant materials. What is right for you? The decision to use any form of HRT should only be made following a thorough medical examination and evaluation of baseline hormone levels, and women receiving HRT should be regular