While the goal of traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is the same, it’s important to understand the differences between them. These treatments aim to restore wellbeing by balancing hormones. When selecting the hormone therapy that is best for you, consider the following:
Ingredients and Structure
The main difference between bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and traditional hormone replacement therapy is the ingredients through which the hormones are created. Traditional HRT products are made from synthetic sources created in a lab, while BHRT uses hormones derived from plants. HRT hormones do not have the same structure as naturally-produced hormones, while BHRT hormones take on the same structure as hormones made in the body.
Determining the correct dosage for maintaining hormonal balance is an important factor in HRT and BHRT. Traditional hormones are often standardized, meaning they come in a range of standard doses. While one dose may be too little, the next amount may be too high. On the other hand, bioidentical hormones can be customized to meet the needs of individual patients. By providing the exact amount of each hormone needed, symptom relief is optimized and side effects are reduced.
As is common with any medication or treatment, side effects can occur through HRT and BHRT. Traditional hormone replacement therapy can cause bloating, nausea, headaches, and stomach cramps, to name a few. Some common side effects of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can include weight gain, blurred vision, tiredness, and acne. Research suggests that BHRT hormones are less likely to cause side effects because of their natural ingredients.
At Regenerative Medical Institute, Dr. Orbeck examines various lifestyle factors to develop individualized hormone replacement treatment plans for his patients. To explore some of our treatment options, schedule your free consultation through our website.