Warnings on the use of “alternative” hormone replacement therapies

Australian experts have warned of the potential dangers of bioidentical hormone therapy to treat menopausal symptoms in women. These therapies are derived from plant-based hormones and are marketed to patients as natural alternatives to hormone replacement therapy (HRT). However experts are concerned that these therapies are ineffective, costly, and could put women at risk of cancer.

Many women continue to seek alternative treatments such as bioidentical and natural therapies due to concerns raised over the safety of conventional HRT. These alternative treatments have not been  thoroughly researched, yet extensive research has shown that HRT can be safely used by women in their 50s to treat menopausal symptoms. 

Still, alternative therapies continue to be prescribed and used, despite warnings from menopause experts in Australia and around the world. Read more here