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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Some women visit alternative medicine doctors and get a prescription for bioidentical hormone therapy products, which are made from different plant hormones similar to those in a woman's body. Each prescription is hand-mixed, and the dose can vary from patient to patient.

Summary

Products that come from plants may seem as though they are more natural or safer than other forms of hormones, but this has not yet been proven. Furthermore, there is no evidence that these products are any better at relieving the symptoms of menopause than traditional medications.
Be sure to discuss any herbal products for menopause with your doctor before taking them. Also, tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, since some herbal products can cause an overdose or be harmful when taken with other drugs.
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