Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

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What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is the use of biologically identical hormones for the purposes of hormone replacement therapy. Most commonly, BHRT is used in peri- and post-menopausal women to replace estrogen and progesterone to relieve many symptoms associated with menopause.

 

What does it do?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy offers safe, fast and effective relief of:

  • Hot flashes
  • Low libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain

 

Is it safe?

In order for hormone replacement therapy to safely and effectively replicate the function of those same hormones in the human body, the chemical structure must exactly match the hormones you naturally produce. That is exactly what bio-identical hormone replacement therapy offers!

 

This is in contrast to the side effects associated with conventional, synthetic hormone replacement therapy reported by infamous the Women’s Health Initiative Study.

 

What’s the difference?

The term ‘hormone replacement therapy’ is most often associated with conventional, synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT). However, BHRT significantly differs from conventional HRT in many ways:

 

  • Synthetic hormones are derived from pregnant horse urine and are very different from naturally occurring hormones. Bioidentical hormones are derived from yams, and are structurally identical to the hormones your body naturally produces.
  • Conventional HRT does not use the two most important forms of estrogen (estradiol and estriol) or progesterone. HRT uses estrogens like estradiol hemihydrate and progestin.
  • Mixing synthetic progesterone (progestin) with estrogens has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer and heart disease in post-menopausal women. Using BHRT in these women has shown the opposite – a decreased risk of breast cancer and heart disease.
  • The majority of women who start convention HRT stop the therapy due to unwanted side effects. Many women who use BHRT continue on it for life because of its low side effect profile, safety and effectiveness.

 

Who and when should use BHRT?

The best time to start BHRT is sooner, rather than later. Research shows that the best time to start hormone replacement therapy is within 1-2 years of going through menopause.

 

BHRT is available by prescription only. First, you complete salivary hormone testing for a comprehensive assessment of your current hormone levels. Then, your prescription is individualized and the dosage is determined based on the results of your hormone test. Your hormone levels and prescription dosage is then reassessed periodically to ensure you are in the optimal range.

 

Remember, life is always better when it’s balanced. Menopause shouldn’t be a battle, it should be a vibrant and fulfilling time of your life.

 

If you have more questions about BHRT, we’d be happy to answer them. Book an appointment or email [email protected] more information.

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