In anti-ageing medicine hormone replacement is generally with bio-identical (natural) hormones, which are hormones that are identical to those produced in the body.
Treatment of the menopause with bio-identical hormones has advantages over conventional hormone replacement. It has been shown that conventional hormone replacement for the menopause causes an increase in heart disease, breast cancer, stroke and blood clots.
By comparison, research suggests that bio-identical hormones for the menopause are probably safer for long-term use than conventional hormones. Patients generally report fewer side-effects with bio-identical hormones, and it is easier to adjust the dosage for the individual.