Bio-identical Hormones vs Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

FemGevity Medical Team
January 16, 2024
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Bio-identical Hormones vs Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

First off, let's start by saying that bio-identical hormone therapy is a type of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).  They can be considered on in the same. Very often when the general population is speaking of HRT they are referring to synthetic hormones or hormones that are made by drug companies vs bio-identical hormones which are most commonly made by compounding pharmacies in small batches. In this article when we refer to bio-identical hormones we are talking about compounded hormones and when we speak on HRT we are referring to synthetic drug company hormones.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and bioidentical hormone therapy (BHT) are both treatment options for women experiencing symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and sleep disturbances.

HRT typically refers to the use of synthetic hormones, such as conjugated equine estrogens (CEE) and medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA), which are chemically identical or similar to the hormones produced by the human body.

BHT, on the other hand, uses hormones that are identical to the hormones produced by the human body, such as estradiol and progesterone. These hormones are typically derived from natural sources, such as plants, and are formulated to be chemically identical to the hormones produced by the human body.

One of the main differences between HRT and BHT is that HRT is FDA-approved, while BHT is not. This means that HRT has undergone clinical trials and has been found to be safe and effective for its intended use, while BHT has not undergone the same level of testing.

Another difference between HRT and BHT is that HRT is typically prescribed in a "one-size-fits-all" dosage, while BHT is often customized to the individual patient's needs based on their hormone levels and symptoms. This means that HRT may not be as effective for some women as BHT, which is tailored to their specific hormone levels and symptoms.

Your FemGevity healthcare provider will discuss the best treatment options for your individual needs, and to weigh the benefits and risks of any treatment options.

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