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Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

What are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are naturally occurring hormones that are identical to the hormones in your body and are used to treat hormonal imbalance. Unlike synthetic chemical hormones, bioidentical hormones can be custom formulated to a woman's individual needs based on her symptoms and specific diagnostic testing. Custom compounded bioidentical hormones can decrease side effects and are considered safer than traditional manufactured hormones by many doctors. The most common hormones are estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

How are bioidentical hormones given?

An efficient and safe way to give bioidentical testosterone and estrogen is in pellet form. Pellets are concentrated, pure hormone in a tiny pellet (about the size of a TicTac) that is inserted under the skin. This is quick and painless! Pellets are safer than oral synthetic hormones with decreased risk of side effects. The hormones are released over time and most women can go 3 to 4 months between doses. 

Bioidentical hormones can also be given orally, as vaginal creams or suppositories or as topical creams that go on the skin. There are many options for treatment and we carefully review each women's individual medical history, symptoms and labs to determine the best treatment type.

What are symptoms of hormone imbalance?

Hormone imbalance occurs commonly at perimenopause or menopause back can occur at any age. Symptoms of hormone imbalance include:

  • Weight gain

  • Fatigue

  • Depression or irritability

  • Hot flashes 

  • Night sweats

  • Low sex drive

  • Poor sleep

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Joint aches and pains

  • Hair loss

What are the benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy?

Benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy include:

  • Decreased hot flashes and night sweats

  • Improved memory and mental clarity

  • Better quality sleep

  • Improved sex drive and sensation

  • Improved mood and decreased anxiety

  • Increased energy

  • More efficient weight loss

  • Increased muscle tone and strength

  • Decreased risk of osteoporosis

  • Decreased risk of Alzheimers disease and dementia

What is BioTE?

All of the providers at Northpointe are Certified BioTE® Providers. BioTE® Medical is is our source for high quality, pure, compounded estrogen and testosterone pellets. Not all compounding pharmacies are created equal and we insist on the most stringent safety standards and precision dosing in all hormones we offer. Click on the link below to learn more about our partners at BioTE® Medical.