Why ACOG Is Wrong On BioIdentical Hormones
by Jeffrey Dach MD
An ACOG news release dated Feb 3, 2009, provides misleading and incorrect information about bioidentical hormones. ACOG is partially funded by Wyeth and serves as a mouthpiece for the pharmaceutical industry.(1)
Here are the ACOG Statements in the News Release, with My Answers:
"In response to recent media attention being given to so-called bioidentical hormones (ie Oprah Winfrey and Suzanne Sommers) , The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reiterates its position that:"
(1) ACOG says: there is no scientific evidence supporting the safety or efficacy of compounded bioidentical hormones.
Here are two of many articles in the medical literature summarizing this scientific evidence for safety and efficacy of bioidentical hormones. (2)(3) :
The Bioidentical Hormone Debate: Are Bioidentical Hormones (Estradiol, Estriol, and Progesterone) Safer or More Efficacious than Commonly Used Synthetic Versions in Hormone Replacement Therapy? by Kent Holtorf, MD Postgraduate Medicine, Volume 121, Issue 1, January 2009,
Hormones in Wellness and Disease Prevention:
Common Practices, Current State of the Evidence, and Questions for the Future
Erika T. Schwartz, MD, Kent Holtorf, MD.
Prim Care Clin Office Pract 35 (2008) 669–705 (3)
(2) ACOG says: The FDA stated that the pharmacies' claims of safety and effectiveness were false, misleading, and a violation of federal law.
However, the FDA cannot prevent physicians from giving you this information. So I will say it again. Bio-identical hormones are safe and effective, as concluded by Drs Holtorf and Schwartz in the above two articles in the mainstream medical literature.
(3) ACOG says: the bottom line is that most (bioidentical hormones) have not undergone rigorous clinical testing for safety or efficacy, nor are they approved by the FDA.