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|Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:14 am Post subject: What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
|Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, is a term used to describe the treatment of female menopause due to a deficiency of estrogen and progesterone. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy differs from conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in that the hormones are obtained from plants rather than equine urine. However, it should be noted that both forms of therapy use a cholesterol-like molecule obtained from plants called diosgenin to synthetically produce hormones. In addition, both forms possess the same molecular structure as hormones produced in the body.The other major difference between conventional hormone replacement therapy and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is how the formulations are prepared. This is also where controversy over bioidentical hormone replacement therapy resides. First, proponents of the latter maintain that since the origin of the material is from a natural source, it means better absorption with less risk of unwanted side effects. In addition, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy formulas are compounded, meaning that they are custom made according to a woman’s unique physiology. In contrast, conventional HRT is considered a synthetic one-size-fits-all approach with a history of associated risks documented by several studies.
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