Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a form of hormone replacement therapy that uses hormones that are chemically identical to the ones produced by the human body. The hormones used in BHRT are typically derived from plant sources, such as soy or yams, and are compounded to match the individual patient’s specific hormonal needs.
BHRT is commonly used to treat symptoms of hormonal imbalances in menopausal or perimenopausal women, such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. BHRT can also be used to treat hormonal imbalances in men, such as low testosterone levels.
Unlike traditional hormone replacement therapy, which uses synthetic hormones that are not identical to those produced by the human body, BHRT is believed to be safer and more effective because the hormones used are identical to those produced naturally in the body. Find out more about BHRT on our Hormone Therapy FAQ page.