Are birth control pills the same as hormone replacement therapy?

No. Birth control pills and HRT contain different types of Estrogens and progesterones and different dosages of hormones. They have been developed to meet different needs for women at different stages of their lives and thus have different risks, benefits, and side effects.
No! Birth control pills use a very low dose of hormones. Hormone replacement therapy uses much higher doses that simulate what the body produces before menopause.
No. Birth control pills contain hormones, but the intended effect is to prevent pregnancy. Bc pills, as oral hormones, must be synthetic/semi-synthetic. Hormone replacement therapy ideally should be bioidentical (the same hormones you produce in your body), should be tailored to your specific needs (your levels should be checked), & should include both estrogen & Progesterone & possibly testosterone.

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I have a history of blood clots and I am on hormone replacement therapy. Am I for sure going to get another blood clot? Birthcontrol is why I had them

Risky. Depending upon your blood clot history, hormone replacement may be risky as it can increase your predisposition to further blood clotting. Please check w/your doctor and make sure they are aware of your entire medical history. Read more...

If my son is small for his age, will growth hormone replacement therapy be helpful?

Depends. The final projected height of your son would be the average of dads height+moms+5".If your child enters puberty later than his friends & has a bone maturity(xray study) that is delayed, he will have potential to continue growing after others stop.If he has documented HGH deficiency then HGH shots could help. Hgh treatments are unlikely to increase final height in kids without a deficiency. Read more...

Should women take hormone replacement therapy if they have a history of cancer?

Depends. Women with history of breast cancer may or may not be given the ok to take estrogen. Some endometrial cancer cases can take ht after @ cancer free yrs. Should not affect other cancers. Best to seek counsel with your md. Read more...
Depends. What type of cancer? I will assume you are talking about breast cancer. There are many factors that contribute to an appropriate answer such as how far out are you, are you dealing with quality of life issues that require hrt, etc. My suggestion is to work closely with a physician who is well versed in both oncology and hrt. I work locally with a well known oncologist who treats high risk wome. Read more...

Can natural hormone replacement therapy cause weight gain?

Yes. Unfortunately some patients do gain weight (often in their abdomen, breasts, and back of their upper arms) with estrogens, whether or not the preparation is "bio-identical" or a synthetic analog. Balancing Estrogens with Progesterone and/or androgens often reduces this effect, which is dose-dependent. Prior weight gain to birth control pills sometimes predicts the same weight increase with hrt. Read more...
Yes if unbalanced. The key to natural hormone replacement is balance. If balanced you should gain weight no more easily than you did when you were younger if you are eating a proper diet and exercising to maintain adequate muscle mass. Muscle mass controls your metabolic rate. Too much Estradiol or Progesterone can cause weight gain. Too much testosterone can boost appetite. Read more...

How do you feel about bio identical hormone replacement therapy for weight loss?

Hormone. Therapy (except for thyroid) doesn't help with weight loss. "bioidentical" is a lay term with no legal meaning, but generally "very expensive without any benefit". Most, if not all, of the commercially available hormones are manufactured to be identical to naturally secreted hormones, have been inspected and approved by multiple agencies, and are manufactured to exacting and reproducible standards. Read more...