If you are looking to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to treat the specific symptoms that have been known to occur with certain hormone imbalances and deficiencies, and you have some reason to think you have such a hormone deficiency or imbalance, then this natural hormone replacement approach is likely to work for you. Take the most obvious example of a woman who is again and feeling symptoms that have been associated with the decrease in estrogen that comes with the aging process. She has reason to be confident in this approach. But in situations that are less than obvious, or for problems that have less of a direct association with hormonal issues, you should be careful and know the limits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Some examples of how the natural hormone replacement hype got away from itself involves anti-aging claims that appear too general. Wrinkles on the skin, for example, are a natural part of aging and any connection with a hormone imbalance, as well as any related suggestion that a natural hormone treatment could dramatically reduce the incidence or severity of wrinkles has got to be treated with extreme caution. The problem with looking to bioidentical hormone replacement for treatment of these problems is two-fold: First it is likely to work only minimally if at all, and second it is likely to require you to stay on the treatment for very prolonged periods of time, which can be expensive and increase your chances for side effects.
Even if your own primary care physician is skeptical of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, she or he can at least tell you whether your symptoms are related in general to hormonal imbalances or deficiencies. If they are not, and just merely a sign of aging or due to a genetic predisposition that exists completely aside from any hormonal issue, then the natural hormone therapy is unlikely to do a thing.