Natural (BHRT) vs Synthetic (HRT) Pellets
Ashland Integrative Medicine offers natural hormone pellets developed to bio-identically match the existing hormones within your body. Keep reading about the benefits and drawbacks of natural (BHRT) and synthetic (HRT) below. When you are ready, contact Ashland Integrative Medicine, a certified BioTE Medical provider, by calling (606) 393-6193.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of Natural (BHRT) pellets?
The benefits of natural (BHRT) pellets are that they are bio-identical, which means they most closely replicate the molecular structure of your naturally occurring hormones. The bio-identical hormones used in pellets come from plant based sources. Studies have shown that bio-identical hormones are more effective at balancing hormonal chemistry because of their molecular similarities to natural hormones. The drawback of bio-identical pellets is that insurance will not cover pellet therapy, although the overall cost per therapy equates to a few dollars per day based on your individualized dose.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of Synthetic Hormone Therapy (HRT)?
Although Synthetic hormones (HRT) are FDA approved, the FDA cannot approve or patent natural pellet therapy (BHRT) because it’s consists of natural occurring substances. For example, water cannot be FDA approved or patented. The drawbacks of synthetic hormones (HRT), is that they do not resemble your natural hormone molecules, which results in more side effects leading to patients stopping therapies within a year. Studies have shown that bio-identical hormones are more effective at balancing hormonal chemistry because of their molecular similarities to natural hormones. Even without chemical sensitivity, many people would prefer to limit the non-natural substances they introduce into their bodies, especially one that will be absorbed in whole by the body, through the skin. Studies have shown that synthetic hormone (HRT) replacement therapy may increase your risk for heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, and blood clots.