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Differences Between Chemical and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapies

To relief the symptoms of menopause, many women turn to hormone therapies. Two common options are chemical or traditional hormones and bioidentical hormones.

In this article, we will explore the key differences between these two types of therapies and their implications for women going through menopause.

Chemical Hormones

Chemical hormones, also known as conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT), typically consist of synthetic estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are created in laboratories and are not identical to the ones naturally produced by the body.

Although HRT has been widely used for decades to alleviate menopause symptoms, there are some concerns and risks associated with it:

  • Side Effects: HRT can have side effects such as an increased risk of blood clots, breast cancer, and cardiovascular diseases.

  • One-Size-Fits-All Approach: HRT is a one-size-fits-all approach, meaning it does not tailor to the individual needs of patients.

  • Availability: Chemical hormone treatments require a medical prescription and can only be obtained at pharmacies.

Bioidentical Hormones

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy BHRT, is an alternative that has become increasingly popular in recent years. These hormones are formulated to be structurally identical to the body's natural hormones. They are often derived from plant sources such as soy or wild yam. Some advantages of bioidentical hormonesBHRT include:

  • Personalization: BHRT Bioidentical Hormone Therapy can be customized to the individual patient's needs, allowing for greater precision in symptom relief.

  • Fewer Side Effects: It has been argued that bioidentical hormones may have fewer serious side effects compared to synthetic hormones.

  • Accessibility: You can find it in Compound Pharmacies, under prescription of a specialized physician . In Guatemala particularly there is Bioden by LC Guatemala,

The choice between synthetic hormone and bioidentical hormone treatments during menopause is a personal decision that should be discussed with a doctor.

Both types of therapies can offer relief from menopausal symptoms, but they have significant differences in terms of safety and customization. It is important for women to understand the risks and benefits associated with each option before making a decision.

At Elán Med Center, we have been working with bioidentical hormone-based treatments for over 10 years, being the first clinic in Guatemala to innovate with this type of treatment through LC Guatemala.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with our specialist, you can contact us at the email address: or call 2296-5986 and 7.

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