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BHRT VS HRT: What’s The Difference?

Bioidentical Hormones (BHRT) vs HRT: What’s The Difference?

HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) and Bioidentical Hormones (BHRT) are two treatments that manage symptoms of perimenopause, menopause, and other hormone-related conditions. Both treatments replace hormones the body no longer produces. However, there are some key differences between them. In this blog post, we’ll explore the differences between Bioidentical Hormones vs HRT as well as their potential benefits and risks.

What is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment that replaces hormones that the body no longer produces due to perimenopause, menopause, or other hormone-related conditions. Historically this was synthetic and provided licensed preparations available on the NHS in set doses. They contained either oestrogen alone or oestrogen combined with synthetic progesterone-like compounds called progestogens. Progestogen is non-identical to progesterone the body produces and has side effects associated with it. HRT helps to reduce symptoms associated with perimenopause or menopause. These include mood changes, anxiety, irritability brain fog, impaired memory and disrupted sleep. Hot flushes, night sweats, weight gain, vaginal dryness, and reduced libido are also common.

What is Bioidentical HRT?

Bioidentical HRT uses bioidentical hormones that are completely natural, derived from plant sources such as yams or soybeans. It is identical to the hormones naturally produced by the body. It also treats symptoms associated with perimenopause, menopause, or other hormone-related conditions. They are given through the skin or mouth and come in topical creams, capsules, or lozenges. Unlike synthetic hormones used in HRT, bioidentical hormones have fewer side effects. They are tailored specifically for each individual patient based on their unique hormonal needs. Multiple hormones are combined into one cream, capsule, or lozenge.

Benefits and risks of Bioidentical Hormones vs HRT

Both HRT and bioidentical HRT can reduce symptoms associated with perimenopause, menopause, or other hormone-related conditions. However, there may be some key differences between them when it comes to potential benefits:

HRT has risks associated with it. These include an increased risk of breast cancer, stroke, and blood clots especially if with oral oestrogen. For this reason, it’s important to discuss all potential risks with your doctor before starting any type of hormone replacement therapy.

Bioidentical hormones have fewer side effects than HRT due to them being natural and identical in structure to the hormones produced in the body.

HRT is more of a one size fits all approach as the hormone preparations only come in set doses whereas bioidentical HRT tailors to the specific individual based upon their needs.

Unlike traditional HRT, there have been no studies linking bioidentical hormone use with an increased risk of breast cancer or other serious health conditions like stroke or blood clots. However, it’s important to discuss all potential risks with your doctor before starting any type of hormone replacement therapy.

Conclusion

Both hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and bioidentical HRT can be effective treatments for managing symptoms associated with perimenopause, menopause, or other hormone-related conditions. However, there are some key differences between them when it comes to potential benefits and risks. Consider these before deciding which treatment is right for you. Talk with your doctor about your individual needs. They can help you make an informed decision about which treatment is best for you. If you are suffering from symptoms of perimenopause, menopause or another hormone related condition and would like help from a specialist, Book an Appointment. We will help you restore hormone health and feel well again.