What is Bio-Identical Hormone
Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is the use of hormones, that are similar in structure to those produced by our own bodies, to restore hormone imbalances and alleviate symptoms. Some of these symptoms include menopausal and peri-menopausal symptoms such as menstrual problems, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, irritability, vaginal dryness, low sex drive, fatigue, brain fog, and so on.
Bio-identical hormones are plant-based, non-synthetic hormones that are similar in molecular structure to our body’s own hormones. This makes them recognizable by the body, so that they bind to our receptors and are broken down in the same manner as our own hormones.
They are derived from concentrating and purifying wild yam extract. The base chemical structure of wild yam, diosgenin, is similar to human progesterone. Progesterone is known as the mother hormone, from which the other hormones such as cortisol, DHEA, testosterone and estrogen are derived. By making a few simple modifications to the progesterone molecule, the other hormones are then composed.