There has long been a cult of mystique around the advent of menopause in women. Women, differentiated from men by their ability to have children and menstruate, lose that ability when they grow older. Suddenly they are in a state of flux – no longer of child bearing age, yet still – in this day and age – healthy and often vital. When, back in the days of our ancient ancestors, women might not have survived long after the onset of menopause, now women live long, healthy and active lives after menopause sets in. And they want to feel good, vital and happy while doing so. That is where hormone therapies come in. One such hormone therapy for menopausal women is called bioidentical hormone therapy.
Bioidentical hormone therapy (sometimes called bioidentical hormone replacement therapy or BHRT) is basically the term for the treatment of the hormone deficiencies caused when a women goes through menopause. Bioidentical hormone therapy uses molecules that are endogenous to the hormones already found in the human body, hence the term “bioidentical.”
You often hear about hormone replacement therapies for women, but bioidentical hormone therapy is different in one supremely important way – it uses human hormones, not the animal or synthetic hormones that are so often used in other popular and conventional forms of hormone replacement therapy.
Bioidentical hormone therapy uses many types of hormones, but the two major hormones used are estradiol and progesterone. Both of these hormones are available in FDA-approved forms.