Hormone Replacement Therapy, also known as menopausal hormone therapy, is a medical treatment for symptoms of menopause. Menopause is a normal part of the female aging process and typically occurs after age 40. Menopause marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years, including the menstrual cycle. Symptoms commonly include hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, and muscle aches. HRT is a form of medication that helps to relieve some of these symptoms.
So then what is bio identical therapy?
Bio-identical means that the hormones being replaced in the body are chemically identical to the hormones already being produced in the body. The hormones are derived from plant compounds and then manipulated by chemists and pharmacists. You can find medication in the form of creams, syringes, and pellet insertions.
Bio-identical HRT is not right for everyone. Traditionally in HRT, there are a number of potential risks included which involve an increased risk of breast cancer, blood clots, and strokes. Bio-identical therapy has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer and other thromboembolic diseases, but the risk is still present.
When doing hormone replacement therapy, you’ll work closely with your medical practitioner to find the best dosage for your body. You’ll be monitored and your levels will be checked every six months. Unfortunately, HRT doesn’t work for everyone and you may run into side effects from the treatment.