FDA Approved Bioidentical Hormones

We’ve mentioned that the FDA has approved over 20 bioidentical hormones and now want to share some of the hormones on that list, specifically those meant to treat menopause symptoms.  We’ve also included some synthetic hormones on the list in order to keep you informed on the hormones out there.

Remember that it is never a good idea to take any hormones without first being tested so that you can be sure about which hormones (if any) your body needs to achieve balance and overall wellness.  Once you are on hormone therapy, follow-up tests are also vital to keep track of your progress and the effect of the hormones on your body.  Furthermore, we always suggest bioidentical hormones over the less natural and more dangerous synthetic hormones.  Bioidentical hormones are identical to the hormones in your body and can be completely utilized without the dangerous side effects of synthetic or non-bioidentical hormones.  BodyLogicMD affiliated physicians do prescribe bioidentical hormones from this list.

Always talk with your doctor before starting any hormone replacement therapy.

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Bioidentical Hormones for Women and Bioidentical Hormone for Men

FDA-approved Hormones for Menopausal Symptoms
Type/source Brand name(s) Form Bioidentical?
Conjugated equine estrogens (CEE)/pregnant mares’ urine Premarin Pill No
Vaginal cream No
Synthetic conjugated estrogens/plants Cenestin, Enjuvia Pill No
Esterified estrogens/plants Menest Pill No
17 beta-estradiol/plants ++Micronized (Particles are made smaller for better absorption)++ Estrace, others Pill Yes*
Alora, Climara, Esclim, Estraderm, Vivelle, others Patch Yes
Estrogel Transdermal gel Yes
Estrasorb Topical cream Yes
Estrace Vaginal cream** Yes
Estring Vaginal ring** Yes
Estropipate (modified estrone)/plants Ortho-Est, Ogen, others Pill No
Ogen Vaginal cream** No
Estradiol acetate Femring Vaginal ring Yes
Estradiol hemihydrate Vagifem Vaginal tablet** Yes
Ethinyl estradiol Estinyl Pill No
Progestins, micronized progesterone
Medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) Amen, Cycrin, Provera Pill No
Micronized progesterone USP Prometrium Pill Yes
Prochieve 4% Vaginal gel Yes
Norgestrel Ovrette Pill No
Norethindrone Micronor, Nor-QD, others Pill No
Norethindrone acetate Aygestin, others Pill No
Combined hormones
CEE and MPA Premphase, Prempro Pill No
Ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone acetate Femhrt Pill No
17 beta-estradiol and norethindrone acetate Activella Pill No
Combipatch Patch No~
17 beta-estradiol and norgestimate Prefest Pill No~
17 beta-estradiol and levonorgestrel Climara Pro Patch No~
*Bioidentical estradiol until ingested and converted in the liver to estrone.
**For vaginal symptoms only.
~The estradiol is bioidentical but not the progestin.
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