Your body’s hormones control most of your basic bodily functions. They serve as an internal communication system between cells throughout the body. They coordinate everything from digestion and growth to your appetite, immune function, mood, and libido. So, when your hormones are out of balance, even slightly, it can have a big impact on your health and well-being.
Often, when people’s hormones drop or become unbalanced, they turn to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to ease symptoms. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a “natural” solution to hormone issues. But what exactly is BHRT, and how is it different from other hormone replacement therapies?
In short, bioidentical hormones have the exact same chemical structure as hormones made by the human body. This is important, because for a replacement hormone to fully act like the natural hormone produced by our bodies, the chemical structures of both must match identically. Non-bioidentical hormones are synthetic hormones that have different molecular structures than hormones produced by our bodies. Because non-bioidentical hormones do not match the hormones they are replacing, side effects and health risks can occur.