Is Climara Pro a Bioidentical Hormone?
When I reached menopause, I didn't give a lot of thought to whether hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was a good option for me.
At that time (14 years ago), it was believed that hormone replacement reduced the incidence of heart disease, which is prevalent in my family.
Also, the hot flashes were annoying to say the least. My doctor recommended the Climara patch and a progesterone pill.
When the news about the long-tem study came out, I stopped HRT for a while, not so much because of the increased risk, but rather because there was no benefit as had been thought previously. The hot flashes came back, albeit at a reduced rate.
I could tolerate it, but just barely. I stayed off HRT for almost a year. Then I got vaginitis, which my gynecologist attributed to atrophied vaginal cells.
At that point, I decided to go back on HRT, and my gynecologist prescribed the Climara Pro patch (Estradiol/Levongestrel(.045/.015)).
It has worked very well for me. No hot flashes or vaginitis and no side effects. I know that the estrogen does not come from horses, but I don't know if it is a "bioidentical," nor do I know the source of the progesterone.
Is the Climara Pro patch a bioidentical? Either way, is there anything I should be concerned about?