Natural or “bio-identical” hormones (BHRT) are synthesized from natural plant substances to be identical in structure and function to those our bodies produced naturally before menopause. When hormone production starts to drop below normal levels in the years leading up to menopause, natural hormones are the best and safest way for women to supplement. They are available through your doctor by prescription and tailormade to meet individual need by a compounding pharmacist. Some natural hormones are available over-the-counter but it is always wise to do research first, but I do not recommend. Please note: Progesterone, not progestin, is the natural bio-identical form of the hormone as opposed to progestin, the synthetic version (the “pro” in Prempro). Natural progesterone is just like the progesterone your ovaries make; it is available in a topical cream, over-the counter, and by prescription when compounded with natural estrogens and other hormones by compounding pharmacists. When hormone balance is restored and maintained using natural bio-identical hormones, there are far fewer side effects, symptoms and cancers as observed with synthetic HRT. Following natural physiology as closely as possible makes sense, because in a sense, natural hormones have undergone safety trials as long as humans have walked the earth. Disclaimer: The information presented herein by Corner Drugs is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult a physician.