Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement
An Interview with Jonathan Wright, MD
by Sadiqua Hamdan, MA
Please briefly explain BHRT and why it is important?
BHRT stands for Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. It refers to the replacement of hormones with molecules that are precisely identical to the hormone molecules our own bodies made in greater quantities when we were younger. The aim of BHRT is to increase hormone levels to a place where we’re confident we can reduce risks of specific health problems existing today that did not exist prior to the 20th century, as well as relieve menopausal symptoms.
Menopausal symptoms are one example of where BHRT can really help. By nature, women’s hormones drop much more abruptly than men’s and create quite a shock to the brain. Possibly because they come on gradually—ot at the relatively rapid rate of menopause—it’s not always recognized that many of the changes that happen to men in their fifties and sixties are due to a gradual decline in testosterone, not simply their age. These changes include not just loss of libido, but also declining muscle mass and tone (even with considerable exercise), variable decline in memory and cognitive function, worsening mood, and loss of enthusiasm about many things that used to be of considerable interest.