The title of this post is actually meant as a trick. In the past, bioidentical hormones and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy were in the news because inexperienced or over zealous practitioners were making mistakes, or custom compounding professionals were not adequately trained. But lately we are finding that the major place that we find bioidentical hormones and BHRT overall in the news is where new and innovative treatment possibilities and listed and explored. This of course is a welcome development for those of us who are fans of bioidentical hormones replacement therapy and thought it was getting a bad rep previously.
Now there are some pitfalls related to bioidentical hormones replacement therapy’s history, and that is that the media is waiting for the next problem, because it would be quite a story if the problems returned. Thus any small problem could be overblown, and any larger issue could be made to be bigger and more widespread than it really is. Unfortunately given its history – which quite frankly is not much different from what other promising treatments went through – bioidentical hormones replacement therapy is poised for increased media scrutiny.
The good news in all of this is that bioidentical hormones are considered worthy of that attention. No longer are they a fringe area that is not worth covering. Instead they are becoming more generally accepted and used. This the fact that the media is poised to cover an problems in the field of BHRT could be looked at as a compliment, or at the very least a sign of general interest in the field.
Of course the important thing will be for bioidentical hormones to stay out of the media as far as side effects or practitioner problems over the next few years. Supplements and alternative therapies that do work can become a story on their own, and that is what we e happens more and more with bioidentical hormones replacement therapy.