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Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

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Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, also known as BHRT, is an alternative to traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Hormones are chemicals that act as messengers in the body. Some hormones regulate things like growth or metabolism. Other hormones are specifically associated with reproduction or sexual maturity. In women, these hormones include Estrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone.

Why women want HRT
A woman’s hormone levels fluctuate during her monthly cycle, but remain generally steady through her childbearing years. As she reaches middle age, her body’s production of certain hormones slows, triggering the symptoms of menopause. At this point, some women chose to supplement their body’s natural hormones with hormone replacement therapy. You can read more about this in the HRT Overview article.

What are bioidentical hormones?
Hormones used in all types of hormone replacement therapy are manufactured in a lab or pharmacy. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy involves the use of hormones that are considered to be exact duplicates (or bio-identical) to the hormones naturally produced by the body. Hormones used in other types of HRT are chemical compounds that are not exactly the same as a woman’s natural hormones. This is done in part because pharmaceutical companies are not able to patent a natural substance. In order to hold a patent to their particular formula, the companies are forced to alter the chemical construction of the hormone to make it unique from those made by their competitors.

Is BHRT right for me?
There is significant controversy in the medical community about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Some doctors who prefer to prescribe BHRT believe it is safer and more effective for their patients. Other doctors protest that BHRT has not been studied in the same way by the scientific community and therefore might not be as safe as other types of HRT.

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I think this slideshare will be a good complement to the article: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDM9SMA637U

April 28, 2015 - 11:57pm
EmpowHER Guest

Bioidenticals hormones are the replacement of synthetic hormone for those people who loss our hormones due to increasing age. But replacement is easy way in human beings for controlling the aged effects.,, http://compoundingrxusa.com/palliative-care-hospice

June 14, 2013 - 4:26am
EmpowHER Guest

Bio identical hormone therapy medications are formulated in laboratories from plant components. They match the exact formula of the hormones your body produces. In contrast, synthetic hormones used in hormone replacement therapy are designed by drug companies from pregnant mare's urine. They are different and foreign to the human body. They do not function like bio identical hormones. They have many proven side effects and are the cause of many health repercussions.
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October 4, 2010 - 5:21am

Hormones fit onto their receptors just like a "lock and key", so any slight alteration of their chemical structure creates a "monster hormone". These resulting "monster hormones" are never found in the human body or anywhere else in nature. The reality is that these synthetically altered monster hormones should never have been approved for marketing and sale to the American People, and yet that is exactly what your mainstream medical doctor will offer you if you ask for hormones.

Years ago, after the invention of synthetic monster hormones, an information war was launched by the drug industry creating confusion in the public and even among medical professionals about the difference between natural human hormones and synthetic monster hormones. Because of this information war, we must now use the terminology, "bioidentical" hormones which really means human hormones in order to different these from the monster altered hormones.

How is a Synthetic Hormone Different from A Bioidentical Hormone? Bioidentical hormones are the hormones that exist in the human body naturally. Synthetic hormones are these very same human hormones that are chemically altered.

Why are the smart women switching to bioidentical hormones? Bioidentical hormones are safer and more effective than chemically altered synthetic hormones.

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jeffrey dach md

August 19, 2010 - 4:54am
EmpowHER Guest

bHRT may work for some women, but for others, it may be necessary to take different steps. It's not as a simple as an HRT or bHRT choice. Here's a good article that breaks down what to think about in deciding whether bHRT is right for you: http://www.womentowomen.com/bioidentical-hrt/bioidenticalhormones.aspx

August 5, 2010 - 7:58pm
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