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BioTE - Hormone Replacement


Bioidentical hormones are defined as man-made hormones that are very similar to the hormones produced by the human body. These are then used as treatment for men and women whose own hormones are low or out of balance.



Hormone therapy (HT) is prescribed to relieve menopausal symptoms including:

  • Hot flashes.

  • Vaginal dryness that can result in painful intercourse.

  • Other problematic symptoms of menopause, such as night sweats and dry, itchy skin.

Other health benefits of taking HT include:

  • Reduced risk of developing weak bones and reduced risk of breaking a bone.

  • Improved mood and overall sense of mental well-being in some women.

  • Decreased tooth loss.

  • Lowered risk of colon cancer.

  • Lowered risk of diabetes.

  • Modest improvement in joint pains.

  • Lower death rate for women who take hormone therapy in their 50s.



The bioidentical hormones that have been approved by the FDA have been tested for safety. They have passed the FDA’s very strict standards and have been shown to be safe for people to use. The compounded hormones have not gone through the FDA’s testing. As yet, little research has been done on them. They have not been proven to be safe or unsafe. Many major medical groups do not support using them because not enough is known about their safety and long-term side effects.

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Your doctor is the best resource for important information related to your particular case. Not all patients are alike, and it is important that your situation is evaluated by someone who knows you as a whole person.

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