Before going into to the meat of the issue here, we would not assume that every reader knows what BHRT and HRT means. To ensure that everyone who reads this article understands what we are talking about, we would give a brief definition of both.
What Is HRT?
HRT is an acronym that stands for Hormone Replacement Therapy as seen in the article title. As the name implies, it is a therapy that involves replacing or supplying hormones to the body. HRT is also known today as traditional hormone replacement therapy.
What Is BHRT?
This acronym stands for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. You would notice that it is almost the same with HRT except for the addition of “B” which stands for Bioidentical. This all important “B” is the big difference between HRT and BHRT. BHRT therefore is a type of hormone replacement therapy that uses hormones with molecular structure similar to those of hormones produced naturally in the body.
BHRT VS HRT
Our main focus in this article is to compare the two methods of hormone replacement therapy, looking at their pros and cons. The goal of this article is to provide the reader with enough information to be able to make an informed decision about what would work best for them.
The most obvious difference between HRT and BHRT is in the type of hormones used. However, this is not the only difference. There are differences in the treatment approach and objective of each type of hormone replacement therapy.
Like we stated earlier, BHRT uses hormones that have the same chemical structure as hormones naturally occurring in the body as against HRT which uses hormones that do not have the same chemical structure as those produced naturally in the body. Here are the implications of these. The body would work better with hormones similar to the ones it produces naturally than with hormones that are strange considering that they do not have chemical structures that it (the body) is used to.
The administration of BHRT is patient specific. Before treatment commences, some tests are carried out to determine a patient's actual hormonal needs. This is arrived at by looking at the patient's baseline hormonal levels and an in-depth symptom evaluation. HRT on the other hand is mostly administered on a general basis.
BHRT and HRT both have specific goals. In HRT, the aim is to prevent diseases while in BHRT the objective is to improve the quality of the patient's life. This obviously goes beyond merely preventing or curing a disease to ensuring that there is harmony between all the hormones in the body, resulting in a more efficient and of course healthy body.
From history, the reason why BHRT even came into the fray was the report by Women's Health Initiative (WHI) that showed that HRT causes or increases the risk of certain diseases. BHRT on the other hand is claimed to be able to prevent certain diseases. Whilst this claims have not been solidly defended and proven, there is proof that BHRT does not cause the diseases that HRT causes.
This article is not meant to be a technical one so we would not succumb to the temptation to delve into science talk. It is however clear from these simple points why a lot of people abandoned HRT and turned to BHRT. If you have any issues with hormonal imbalance, BHRT is the best way to go. It would address the general hormonal balance of your body, bringing your body back to hormonal balance. This is the ultimate goal of any Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy session.