What is Bio-identical Hormone Replacement?

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT is a layperson’s term for the treatment of the hormone deficiencies caused by menopause using only molecules that are identical to the endogenous hormones found in the human body.

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy differs from traditional hormone replacement therapy, which includes animal-derived and invented molecules that are similar to, but not identical, to human hormones. BHRT is also used more generally to describe the practice of using only bio-identical hormones in the treatment of all hormone deficiencies, not just menopause.

What is the difference between bio-identical and synthetic hormones?

Synthetic hormones are manufactured in laboratories, for mass consumption, in other words, one-pill-fits-all. Because they are synthetic and not natural, they can produce unwanted side effects like nausea, fluid retention, and dizziness. And there are also potential dangers like the increased risk of breast or uterine cancer.

Bio-identical hormones, contrary to synthetic hormones, are extracted from natural sources, plants like soybean and wild yams, and their molecular structure is identical to that of the hormones produced by our bodies.

They can also be compounded, or made into cream, to suit specific hormone replacements needs, allowing patients to receive individualized treatment.

Some advantages of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy are:

  • improved look and feel of hair and skin
  • weight loss
  • improved sex drive
  • improved mental health
  • lower cholesterol levels
  • decreased risk of osteoporosis
  • decreased risks of heart attacks and strokes

Bio-identical Hormone Specialist, Dr. Susan Matos-Cloke can provide:

  • the safety information
  • answers to questions
  • information about symptoms
  • hormone testing
  • provide the general guidance needed

Dr. Matos-Cloke can provide the possibility of helping her patients to enjoy an active, happy, and healthy life, by fighting all of the uncomfortable effects of hormonal imbalances.