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Differences Between Body-Identical and Bio-Identical HRT in Australia

Differences Between Body-Identical and Bio-Identical HRT in Australia

Body-Identical HRT:

Definition: Hormones that are chemically identical to those naturally produced by the human body, available as standard pharmaceutical products.

Regulation: Regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to ensure safety and efficacy.

Common Forms: Includes estradiol patches, gels, and micronized progesterone capsules (e.g., Estradot patches, Prometrium capsules).

Availability: Widely available through regular pharmacies with a prescription.

Bio-Identical HRT:

Definition: Refers to compounded hormones that are chemically identical to human hormones but are custom-made to match individual needs.

Regulation: Individual hormones are regulated, but custom-compounded formulations are not subject to the same rigorous testing as standard products.

Custom Compounding: Tailored to specific hormonal requirements of the patient, offering more personalized treatment options.

Common Forms: May include creams, gels, lozenges, or troches compounded in pharmacies.

Key Differences in Australia:

Regulation and Quality Control: Body-identical HRT products are strictly regulated by the TGA, ensuring consistent quality and dosage. Compounded bio-identical HRT formulations may have variability in quality and efficacy due to less stringent regulation.

Standardization vs. Personalization: Body-identical HRT offers standardized dosing and forms for easier management and monitoring, while bio-identical HRT provides personalized treatment but may require more careful monitoring and adjustment.

In summary, body-identical HRT in Australia is generally considered more reliable due to stringent regulation and standardization, while bio-identical HRT offers a personalized approach with potentially less consistency in quality and dosage.

Further reading Australasian Menopause Society link

Dr Purity Carr

GP& Menopause Doctor

Harvey, WA, 6220

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