Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT, also known as bioidentical hormone therapy) refers to the treatment of symptoms and disorders of menopause using hormones that are molecularly identical to endogenous hormones. The term 'BHRT' is commonly used to describe a group of practices including the use of compounded hormone mixtures, saliva testing, and the attempt to restore certain levels of both hormones in the blood rather than simply aiming to provide symptom relief, which is the goal of standard hormone replacement therapy.
It is also used to describe a construct within Conventional Hormone Therapy that uses commercially available bioidentical products, with the option of using compounded products if the situation warrants.
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