Hormones and intimate relationships are an ongoing feedback loop that affects people of all ages. Hormone replacement therapy can improve libido, energy levels, and sleep patterns which can all enhance relationships.
Refresh Your Most Important Relationships
When you think of hormones and relationships, you might think of teenagers adjusting to their raging hormones in their first relationship. But hormones influence relationships our entire lives, not just as teenagers. Both men and women experience hormonal changes with aging. Andropause in men and menopause in women will affect everyone later in their lives. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) now offers both women and men a life-altering solution to hormonal imbalances.
If you want to turn back the hormonal clock and refresh your mood, then contact Dr. Christopher Asandra and start the journey back to revitalizing your body and mind. Dr. Asandra works with individuals and couples looking to enhance their relationships by balancing their hormonal levels with bio-identical hormone therapy. To learn more about how hormone therapy can help your relationship, call our Beverly Hills office at (424) 542-8881.
How Do Hormones Affect Relationships?
Hormonal changes affect relationships in subtle and not so subtle ways. In particular, hormonal changes that result from menopause and andropause can have a great impact on relationships. Both men and women can experience decreased libido, lower energy levels, mood swings, and anxiety and depression. These hormonal symptoms can place extra stress on relationships and make individuals feel more isolated from their partners.
Hormonal therapy can help men and women balance their hormonal levels and resolve many of these symptoms. Balanced hormonal levels lead to healthy relationships and healthy lifestyles in general. For a preview of the type of improvements in relationships that BHRT can achieve, listen to episode 5 of Dr. Asandra’s podcast where a couple that Dr. Asandra has helped discusses how BHRT improved their relationship.
About Hormone Therapy in Beverly Hills
Hormones are often overlooked as we age. Some general practitioners might wave away concerns or symptoms expressed by patients with a standard “that’s just aging”. That answer probably won’t satisfy you when you experience fatigue, lower libido, hot flashes, mood swings, anxiety, and depression. Other general practitioners might prescribe testosterone. But without performing the level of detailed analysis, they might fail to truly rebalance hormones to a safe and satisfying level for patients to achieve optimal benefits.
Andropause, Menopause and Hormone Therapy
The hormonal changes that women experience are more well known in popular culture than make aging symptoms. Most people are aware that women undergo stark hormonal changes when their bodies transition out of their childbearing phase of life. Menopause can often be a major adjustment for women. Less common in popular culture are discussions about andropause in men. The main difference between menopause and andropause is that menopause is a more sudden change in hormonal levels whereas andropause represents a gradual shifting of male hormonal levels.
Dr. Asandra focuses on achieving an optimal hormonal balance that can benefit patients in their everyday lives. By fine-tuning hormonal levels, patients experience increased libido, increased energy levels, and resolve many symptoms from hot flashes to mood swings.
A diverse group of people are candidates for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Oftentimes, general practitioners might misdiagnose low testosterone or fail to balance testosterone levels for optimal functioning. Sometimes, they might just prescribe antidepressants which can create new problems by drastically decreasing sex drive. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for BHRT is to come in for a thorough consultation and let AsandraMD analyze your blood work.
Male Symptoms that BHRT Can Improve
- Drier skin
- Mood swings
- Unwanted weight gains
- Thinning hair
- Erectile dysfunction
- Fatigue and decreased energy levels
- Failure to maintain concentration
- Low sex drive
Female Symptoms that BHRT Can Improve
- Loss of bone density
- Mood swings
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Low sex drive
- Failure to maintain concentration
- Resolution of hot flashes
- Sleep improvement
- Increased energy levels and stamina
- Improved bone density
- Enhanced libido and sexual performance
- Decreased anxiety, depression, and irritability
- Balanced mood and decreased mood swings
Your Personal Consultation with AsandraMD
Some doctors treat a number rather than a human being. If someone is in the “normal range” then some doctors will say you’re normal and won’t treat any symptoms. They might just give the unsatisfactory response of “it’s just age.” AsandraMD treats patients as more than a set of numbers. He wants you to feel great, not just reach “normal range”. He will fine-tune hormone treatments to find the optimal level for each person. He’s dedicated to improving patients’ quality of life, not just putting a green checkmark on their chart and calling it a day. If you don’t feel better, what use is it when someone tells you “it’s normal”?
During your personal consultation, Dr. Asandra will get to know you, review your medical history, assess your bloodwork, and discuss your goals and concerns. Once he hears your story, he can start devising a personalized treatment plan. The most important factor in developing an optimal treatment plan is a thorough understanding of a patient’s needs and desires and unifying those with an analysis of their blood work.
Dr. Asandra has experience treating couples together as well as individuals. By balancing hormone levels of both partners, patients can turn back their hormonal clock and experience the energy and mental clarity levels of people decades younger. If you want to learn more about how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can improve your relationships, contact AsandraMD’s Beverly Hills office today at (424) 361-0808. You can also book an appointment online.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Dr. Asandra starts very conservatively when it comes to hormone treatments. He begins on the low end and then monitors results both by your blood work and how you report actually feeling. Not everyone’s body reacts the same way so, with hormone therapy, it’s important to take a measured approach informed by how patients respond. If an increase or change in BHRT is needed, Dr. Asandra can then safely make the changes and develop an individualized treatment plan that works for you.
BHRT for Men
Men are generally easier to balance than women. Dr. Asandra likes to say men are like a three-piece band while women are more like a symphony. For men, BHRT mostly involves finding the optimal levels for testosterone to achieve higher energy and activity levels. However, it’s not just about prescribing more testosterone. Rather, it’s about finding the right hormonal balance. He recognizes that patients want to see results. Patients want to increase their libido and resolve erectile dysfunction, not just reach a “normal range.” Dr. Asandra understands patients want to increase energy and motivation to exercise. Dr. Asandra’s goal is for men to become the version of themselves they want to be, which inevitably will lead to healthier relationships than when patients suffer hormonal imbalances.
BHRT for Women
Women are generally more difficult to balance than men, in part because menopause arrives quicker, like a giant wave. Menopause can cause major hormonal shifts in a much shorter time frame. This makes it trickier to find the right balance. Dr. Asandra’s approach is to perform a thorough analysis of a patient’s blood work and begin women on a regimen of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
Women need estrogen to stave off hot flashes and other symptoms that result from falling estrogen levels after menopause, but they also need the right testosterone balance for optimal functioning. Women can gain weight with menopause, feel tired and lethargic, and lose sex drive. These symptoms can negatively impact relationships. Dr. Asandra focuses on finding the right balance, which differs for each woman. His patients find that hormone therapy can work wonders for improving quality of life.
How Much Does BHRT Cost in Beverly Hills?
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is a personalized treatment. It requires a personal consultation and an understanding of the patient’s concerns and goals. After Dr. Asandra reviews the patient’s blood work and desires, he can provide clear pricing for a personalized treatment plan.
Is alcohol bad for hormone levels?
Alcohol can decrease testosterone over time. So please drink safely and in moderation to maintain an optimal hormonal balance.
Can lifestyle changes affect hormonal levels?
Absolutely. Exercise is an important ingredient in maintaining healthy homeostasis. Getting out under the sun (with sunscreen) is also important to make sure your body is absorbing enough vitamin D. With so many employees working office and indoor jobs, even in sunny Southern California, people can often get in the habit of rarely spending any time outdoors. Vitamin D from the sun is essential because it aids the body in processing other hormones. Vitamin D plays an essential role in regulating calcium and phosphorus levels in the bones, kidneys, and intestines.
How are bioidentical hormones different from synthetic hormones?
Synthetic hormones are not created to be structurally similar to human endogenous hormones. Bioidentical hormones are an exact replica of innate human hormones. As such, they mimic human hormones with greater efficacy than synthetic hormones. BHRT has been associated with lower risks, including cardiovascular risks and breast cancer, than older forms of hormone replacement therapy including animal-based and synthetic hormone therapies.
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