Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has provided many with relief from a variety of ailments, with the primary being menopause and perimenopause.
Traditionally, the HRT treatment process involves using hormones derived from external sources to replace your body’s natural hormones when it doesn’t make enough.
However, to better understand this therapy’s full scope, it’s necessary to understand the difference between traditional HRT and another possible extension of HRT: BHRT (hormone replacement therapy using bioidentical hormones.)
So, what are bioidentical hormones, what makes them different, and how do they work?
In today’s article, we’ll go over all of these questions and discuss what bioidentical hormones bring to the table in the world of hormone replacement therapy.
Keep reading to learn more!
What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are a synthetic form of hormone made from plant-based sources. These FDA-approved hormones are designed to replicate the molecular structure of hormones that naturally occur in the body. In other words, they are meant to mimic the body’s natural hormones.
Bioidentical hormones are used to restore hormonal imbalances and are most commonly prescribed to women experiencing menopause or perimenopause. They can also be used to treat other conditions such as adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders, and infertility.
Some of the main symptoms of hormonal imbalance that may be relieved include:
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
- Vaginal Dryness
- Mood Swings
Bioidentical Hormones and HRT
What’s the link between bioidentical hormones and hormone replacement therapy?
Traditional hormone therapy (HRT) uses manufactured hormones derived from synthetic sources, while bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT) involves using hormones derived from natural sources, i.e., plants.
Bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT) has gained popularity due to its ability to be personalized for each patient’s needs. Traditional HRT typically involves a “one-size-fits-all” approach, with patients receiving a standard dose of hormones.
With bioidentical hormones, however, patients undergo a comprehensive evaluation to determine their hormone levels, after which a customized treatment plan is developed.
This personalization allows for a more individualized approach to treatment, which can result in better outcomes for patients.
Risks vs. Benefits
While there are a multitude of benefits that have been expanded on in this article, it is important to be aware of any potential risks of bioidentical hormone therapy.
As with any medication, there is a risk of side effects. With BHRT, these side effects may include:
- Weight Gain & Bloating
- Increased Facial Hair
- Breast Tenderness
- Spotting & Cramping
- Mood Swings
Additionally, bioidentical hormones can interact with other medications, so its important to inform your healthcare provider of all medications you are taking.
BHRT at Duluth Med Spa
Bioidentical hormones are a promising form of hormone replacement therapy that offers many potential benefits.
Duluth Med Spa provides BHRT to patients dealing with the ill effects of hormonal imbalance. During an initial consultation appointment, our providers will discuss the pros and cons of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and help determine if it’s the right treatment for you.
Throughout the course of therapy, we work closely with you to track your progress and ensure that you are getting the most out of treatment. Our goal is to monitor and adjust hormonal levels as needed.
If you’re interested in learning more about BHRT and other forms of hormone replacement therapy, contact our Duluth, MN office to set up an appointment!