Bioidentical Hormone Replacement (BHRT) refers to the therapeutic use of hormones that are identical in every way to the hormones produced naturally in the body. Diagnostic testing may include salivary and or blood tests.
The results may reveal hormone imbalances that are then addressed with the use of BHRT. Bioidentical hormones are derived from plant sources not animal derivatives. Bioidentical hormones usually prescribed are estradiol, estriol, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol and DHEA. Most hormones are delivered to the body in a cream form, which can be rubbed into the skin. This transdermal application of hormone creams delivers the hormones to the tissues similar to ovarian, testicular and adrenal release to the body.
BHRT are compounded by pharmacies and require a prescription from a Naturopathic Physician.