Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a treatment for men who are experiencing decreased or dysregulated hormone levels. When a patient’s hormones are out of sorts, they can experience countless symptoms like lack of sleep, weight gain, mood changes, and lowered sex drive. With BHRT, patients can regulate testosterone and other hormone levels to improve their quality of life.
At AsandraMD, we take every individual patient’s needs extremely seriously, especially when regulating hormone levels. Dr. Christopher Asandra specializes in revitalization and regenerative medicine, making him the perfect provider to regulate your hormones and get you back to feeling like your normal self. To schedule a consultation with him, contact our office directly by calling (424) 542-8881 or make an appointment online today.
- 1 About BHRT for Men
- 2 Benefits of BHRT
- 3 Am I a Good Candidate for BHRT Treatment?
- 4 Personal Consultation
- 5 Preparation
- 6 BHRT Treatment Process
- 7 Recovery and Results of BHRT
- 8 Complementary Treatments
- 9 Cost of BHRT in Newport Beach
- 10 FAQ
- 11 References
About BHRT for Men
Testosterone is the main sex hormone in males. As men age, their total testosterone levels decrease by about 1.6 percent each year. (1) With this decrease, sex drive and energy levels can decline. This can also cause bouts of erectile dysfunction and mood and energy problems. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy involves reintroducing essential hormones with pellets containing specific elements you are missing. If your body is not producing enough of the hormones you need, BHRT provides ones that are identical to those it naturally produces. The molecules in bioidentical hormones are exact copies of the structure of the ones your body produces. Traditionally, hormone replacement has been done with completely synthetic products derived from animal products, but bioidentical hormones are an ethically-friendly, natural alternative. (2)
Hypogonadism is a syndrome caused by a lack of androgens in the body. As well as sexual dysfunction, this syndrome can also cause depression, lack of concentration, and fatigue if not treated. When properly monitored, BHRT is a great way to replenish testosterone and alleviate these symptoms.
HRT for Anti-Aging
The skin changes in many ways as we age. We develop wrinkles, fine lines, and sun damage. Facial skin is especially affected depending on lifestyle and environment, and as your production of collagen decreases, so does your skin’s elasticity. Hormone levels also determine the amount of collagen your body produces, and if they go unchecked or unbalanced, a lack of skin vitality can be one of the first signs that something is out of sorts. BHRT can keep aging at bay by creating an uptick in your collagen production with minimally invasive treatments. Studies have also shown that increased testosterone can thicken the skin. (3)
Benefits of BHRT
BHRT can increase the following:
- Energy Levels
- Muscle Mass
- Bone Density
- Skin and Hair Quality
Hormone replacement can give patients the self confidence they have been lacking, while encouraging youthfulness. The treatment is safe, effective, and highly customizable for each individual patient.
Am I a Good Candidate for BHRT Treatment?
You may be a candidate for BHRT if you experience the following symptoms:
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Increased Irritability
- Lack of Sleep
- Increased Belly Fat
- Memory Problems
To determine if BHRT is right for you, Dr. Asandra will administer a simple blood test to examine your current hormone levels and determine your deficiencies. Dr. Asandra will ask about your medical history, your specific symptoms, and what medications you are currently taking. Taking your lifestyle habits and age into account, he will dictate what dosage will fit your current needs. Patients often receive their first dose of BHRT the same day of their consultation.
The first step to prepare for BHRT treatment is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Asandra. Information about your hormone levels gathered during this meeting will be what informs your preparation process. Dr. Asandra may ask you to stop taking certain medications if they interfere with the treatment. We also require you to stop taking any blood-thinning medications for at least a week before your consultation.
BHRT Treatment Process
BHRT treatment is a quick and simple, in-office procedure. Dr. Asandra inserts tiny pellets of hormones catered toward your exact dosage needs into the skin of your upper hip. You are free to go about your day right after the procedure is through. These hormone pellets are slow-release, designed to keep your hormone levels even for long periods of time. The entire process typically takes around an hour from start to finish.
Recovery and Results of BHRT
This procedure is very simple, so there is no associated recovery time. You may feel changes in your mood and energy levels as the hormones become integrated. If you experience any unexpected symptoms, be sure to inform Dr. Asandra right away.
Dr. Asandra reassesses BHRT every three to six months. He and his team of medical professionals will keep a close eye on your progress and health in between sessions to make sure your hormones are where they are supposed to be. Dr. Asandra will keep you and your treatment on track as long as you aren’t experiencing any negative effects.
Peptide therapy utilizes naturally occuring chains of amino acids to help restore bodily function and cell health. For this treatment, Dr. Asandra often administers the peptides through injection, which is quick and worry-free. Peptide therapy can promote cell regeneration and regulation to help improve your mood, immune system, sex drive, and so much more.
Autologous Conditioned Plasma Therapy (ACP)
ACP is a serum that Dr. Asandra derives from your blood. During this treatment, he harvests and utilizes your own bodily materials on a cellular level. . The blood is then processed using a specialized centrifuge machine to separate the platelet-rich plasma from other components of the blood. The resulting PRP is a concentrated solution of platelets, growth factors, and cytokines that play a crucial role in tissue healing and regeneration. This treatment can rejuvenate the body as the ACP communicates with other cells to encourage regeneration, perfect for healing. It can be used for skin rejuvenation, hair restoration, and to repair joint or muscle damage.
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If you have been looking into BHRT because of a decline in sexual wellness, Dr. Asanda takes special interest in reviving patients’ most intimate health concerns. As an expert in vitality, he can delineate exactly what treatments you may be interested in to get your sexual health back on track as you age. If you are experiencing a decline in your sexual health, erectile dysfunction, or just want to feel better about being intimate with your significant other, all of the treatments listed above can increase your sex drive.
Cost of BHRT in Newport Beach
The cost of BHRT varies from patient to patient, as every one receives a personalized treatment plan. Dr. Asandra will explain more during your private consultation. Depending on where your deficiencies lie, you may need several months of treatment to help keep your hormones balanced. AsandraMD will oversee your treatment with meticulous care.
Who should not undergo BHRT treatments?
BHRT may not be suitable if you have, or are at risk of having; blood-clotting disorders, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, or stroke. Some BHRT treatments can increase your chances of developing these serious conditions if you are already at risk of developing them.
How long does it take to feel the effects of BHRT?
Each patient experiences hormone replacement differently. Typically it will take around three months to feel the full effects of BHRT.
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- Jones H. Testosterone for the aging male; current evidence and recommended practice. Clinical Interventions in Aging. 2008;Volume 3:25-44. doi:https://doi.org/10.2147/cia.s190
- Rosenthal A, Jacoby T, Israilevich R, Moy R. The role of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in anti‐aging medicine: a review of the literature. International Journal of Dermatology. 2019;59(1):23-29. doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/ijd.14684