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27, Jun 2024

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a groundbreaking and revolutionary treatment for a number of chronic conditions in both men and women, but word of mouth has allowed myths and misconceptions into the conversation.

Let’s clear the air by debunking some fundamental myths about BHRT. In this brief article brought to you by The Wellness Restoration Center, we get to the heart of the matter with a general rundown on the facts.

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Myth 1: Bio-Identical Hormones Are Synthetic and Unsafe

One of the most pervasive myths about BHRT is that bio-identical hormones are synthetic and therefore unsafe. This misconception stems from a misunderstanding of what bio-identical hormones actually are.

Bio-identical hormones are chemically identical to the hormones produced by the human body. Derived from natural sources like plants, and these hormones are meticulously processed to match the molecular structure of endogenous hormones.

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Because they mimic the body’s natural hormones, bio-identical hormones are often better tolerated and have fewer side effects compared to synthetic hormones. Numerous studies and clinical experiences have shown that when administered properly, BHRT is safe and effective.

Myth 2: BHRT Is Only for Women

Many people believe that hormone replacement therapy, including BHRT, is exclusively for women, particularly for managing menopause symptoms. This myth overlooks the significant benefits BHRT offers men.

The fact of the matter is BHRT is beneficial for both men and women. In men, BHRT can address issues related to low testosterone levels, such as fatigue, decreased libido, muscle loss, and mood swings. For women, BHRT helps manage menopause symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness, and can also aid in preventing osteoporosis.

Myth 3: All Hormone Replacement Therapies Are the Same

Another common myth is that all hormone replacement therapies are identical, causing confusion and misguided comparisons between BHRT and traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Traditional HRT often uses synthetic hormones or those derived from animal sources, which can differ significantly from human hormones. BHRT, on the other hand, uses hormones that are molecularly identical to those our bodies produce naturally.

This key difference often results in better efficacy and a lower incidence of side effects with BHRT compared to traditional HRT. Plus, BHRT can be tailored to an individual’s specific hormonal needs, making it a more personalized and effective treatment option.

Myth 4: BHRT Causes Cancer

The belief that BHRT causes cancer, particularly breast cancer, has deterred many from considering this therapy. This myth likely originates from concerns surrounding traditional hormone replacement therapies.

The relationship between hormone therapy and cancer is complex and continues to be studied. Current research indicates that bio-identical hormones, when used appropriately in a clinical setting, do not carry the same risks as synthetic hormones.

In fact, some studies suggest that BHRT may have a more favorable safety profile. It's crucial to have a thorough discussion with a healthcare provider to understand the risks and benefits based on individual health profiles.

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These are only a few of the misconceptions surrounding BHRT. If you have any questions or concerns, you are always welcomed to call or visit The Wellness Restoration Center. Our team is on standby to take your call or message today.

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