A member asked:

I've heard that hormone replacement therapy can help with hot flashes. everyone's talking about bioidentical hormones. what exactly are they and are they safe to use?

9 doctors weighed in across 2 answers

BHRT=your hormones: Bioidentical hormones are hormones that are the same as those you make in your body. Hrt can help with symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia, foggy brain, etc. But they also help preserve health of muscle/bone, brain, eye, skin, heart, etc. Bhrt is safe for most but not all; depends on your medical history, allergies, family history, etc. Your hormone levels should be tested before starting bhrt.

Answered 9/28/2016


Dr. Shira Miller answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Natural HRT. : Bioidentical hormones are hormones produced in a laboratory to be identical in chemical structure to what the body would produce. Many doctors, including myself, consider them safer and more effective than non-bioidentical hormones.

Answered 9/20/2017



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