BHRT vs. Traditional Hormone Therapy

BHRT vs. Traditional Hormone Therapy in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach

BHRT (bioidentical hormone replacement therapy) replenishes hormone levels for patients with deficiencies. They typically increase a patient’s testosterone or estrogen levels. An advanced version of traditional HRT, this treatment implements hormones that are identical to those that naturally occur in the body. It is a safer, more accurate alternative to traditional hormone therapy.

Dr. Christopher Asandra is revered as a premiere anti-aging physician in California. Board-certified in anti-aging and regenerative medicine, he specializes in vitality treatments and hormone regulation. Serving Los Angeles and beyond, Dr. Asandra focuses on providing comprehensive care to each patient. Whether you are experiencing sexual wellness issues, relief from low T, or seeking other effective anti-aging treatments, he and his staff are well-equipped and knowledgeable. 

To learn more about what BHRT can do for you and your overall wellness, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Asandra today by filling out our contact form. You may also call your nearest location by calling us.

Beverly Hills: (424) 542-8881

Newport Beach: (949) 200-8317

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What is BHRT?

With BHRT, the hormones within the treatment are both chemically and molecularly identical to those we produce naturally. This also means they do not alter hormone receptor binding, or protein binding, which creates vital signaling pathways in and between cells. (1) This allows the body to act exactly as intended to maintain functionality.


Traditional HRT typically uses synthetic hormones created from different animal sources. It is a clinically proven method that helps patients replenish hormones through synthetic means. Bioidentical hormones, however, are typically derived from plant sources to create identical molecular structures. The natural recreation of these substances is thought to improve their performance and a patient’s experience. The plant-based nature of this treatment also makes it suitable for a wider array of patients no matter their circumstances. (2) Recreated in a lab, bioidentical hormones open up the world of hormone replenishment to patients who may not have been good candidates before.

Benefits of BHRT over Traditional Methods

BHRT provides the following benefits for male patients:

  • Decreased body fat
  • Enhanced cognitive functioning
  • Improved mood
  • Increased sex drive
  • Improved muscle mass
  • Regulated energy levels
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Manages metabolic health

BHRT is often better tolerated by patients and presents fewer health risks compared to traditional methods. Since hormones act as the body’s internal communication system, replacing them through natural means can be incredibly beneficial for patients. BHRT not only improves body functioning but often improves overall mood and quality of life.

Candidates for BHRT

BHRT intends to replace testosterone when low levels affect a patient’s overall well-being. This often looks like low libido, decreased energy, memory loss, and mood changes. Candidates should be in good overall health with no underlying medical conditions that may interfere with treatment. Candidates who smoke should refrain from tobacco and nicotine use during therapy. To know if you qualify for this life-changing treatment, schedule a meeting with Dr. Asandra to weigh your options today.

Personal Consultation with Dr. Asandra

At AsandraMD, you will meet with Dr. Asandra privately to undergo blood tests and a physical examination to assess your candidacy. Depending on the results, he will then explain the types of BHRT that are right for you. You will choose the option that fits into your current lifestyle, and Dr. Asandra will create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your medical concerns. You will be sure to mention your current medications and medical history to ensure he understands your circumstances. Once you are fully informed, he will assist you in scheduling your next appointments and give you instructions on how to keep track of your progress. 

How Do I Prepare for BHRT?

The first step to preparing for BHRT is a detailed blood test. This is how Dr. Asandra determines your base hormone levels and how to regulate them properly. There is a chance you may need multiple blood draws to acquire all the necessary information, so be sure to eat a balanced meal before your private consultation and following appointments. Please avoid certain blood-thinning medications and herbal supplements that may negatively affect your treatment results. These include ibuprofen and vitamin E. 

BHRT Pellets

Dr. Asandra first takes a new blood sample to make sure your treatment is regulated correctly. He then inserts a very small pellet of concentrated hormones, no bigger than a rice grain, into a fatty part of the body like the hip or thigh. You receive a customized pellet that addresses your specific medical concerns based on your blood tests. Each pellet regulates your hormones safely within the body for months at a time. During treatment, Dr. Asandra closely monitors your levels every 3 to 6 months to make sure you stay healthy. After the pellet insertion is through, he makes sure you are scheduled for follow-up appointments. 

Recovery & Results

BHRT vs. Traditional Hormone Therapy in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach

There is no downtime associated with BHRT. You may feel mood changes as the hormones absorb into your body. The recovery process is as simple as the procedure. As your hormones replenish, your energy returns and your libido heightens. Your muscle mass increases and fat deposits dissipate, helping you to sustain your fitness levels. Because the treatment is typically ongoing, we monitor you closely to make sure your levels start to balance and that the therapy is working in your favor. You may see the full extent of your results after 6 to 8 weeks after your first pellet appointment. The results depend on your specific situation.

You may experience bouts of acne or headaches, but these symptoms are completely normal and typically a sign that the hormone replacement is working. Please contact your care team and Dr. Asandra immediately if you notice any sudden changes in health.

Complementary Treatments

Peptide Therapy

To reverse other signs of aging, Dr. Asandra performs peptide therapy for his patients. Peptides are short-sequence amino acid chains that bind cell receptors to improve bodily functioning. When cells communicate well with each other, they reach homeostasis and help with restoration. This therapy improves the production of growth hormones that are necessary for a healthy and comfortable life. It can also assist patients in weight loss, further improving their results with a simple treatment plan. Commonly injected, peptide therapy is a simple method to increase vitality and regulate the body throughout the aging process.

If you are curious about other forms of anti-aging treatments that Dr. Asandra offers, please read other blog entries for more information.

How Much Does BHRT Cost in Beverly Hills?

The cost of BHRT is typically dependent on the details of your treatment plan. If your testosterone levels are moderately low, then Dr. Asandra may suggest an extended plan length to keep you regulated. To receive a price estimation for BHRT, please schedule a consultation with him today by filling out this contact form or calling:

Beverly Hills: (424) 542-8881

Newport Beach: (949) 200-8317


What is the difference between BHRT and traditional hormone replacement therapy?

BHRT utilizes bioidentical hormones that are chemically identical to those naturally produced by the body. Traditional hormone replacement therapy often uses synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormones are believed to be safer and more compatible with the body’s natural processes.

How quickly will I see results from BHRT?

After the start of pellet therapy, many patients report feeling changes in their mood and vitality 7 to 10 days later. As the hormones integrate into the body, the results become more profound and noticeable over time. By the end of the first month of treatment, many notice measurable changes in their overall health that continue throughout their plan.

How long will I need to receive BHRT?

The length of time necessary to regulate testosterone varies widely between patients. With frequent blood tests, your treatment plan is tweaked and changed while you are closely monitored. This could take only a few months to a longer period of time.
If any adverse effects occur, patients can alter their treatment plan at any time to fit their medical needs. It is safe to discontinue or extend BHRT as long as the patient still benefits from the projected plan.

Can BHRT help with weight loss?

BHRT is not primarily designed for weight loss, but it may help with weight management by restoring hormonal balance, optimizing metabolism, and reducing symptoms associated with hormone imbalance.

Will BHRT affect my prescribed daily medications?

In general, BHRT typically does not react or decrease the power of daily prescriptions. Sometimes this treatment even reduces the need for certain medications.

Can BHRT help with high stress levels?

Yes. Many patients experience a decrease in stress and an increase in positive outlook and general mood. 


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