Testosterone vs. Steroids

Testosterone is an anabolic steroid that occurs naturally in the human body. “Anabolic” means to build up or promote growth. Hence, anabolic steroids such as testosterone allow the body to develop muscle mass as well as hair on the face and body.

But steroids can be synthesized and administered for a wide variety of reasons. Prednisone, for example, is used to decrease inflammation in tissue. Steroids can also be employed to treat individuals with conditions like muscular dystrophy.

The purpose of this article, however, is to delineate between the steroids that some men use recreationally from the proven rewards of medically-supervised testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Before you embark on a potentially dangerous course of amateur steroid injections, empower yourself with a solid foundation of knowledge. Call (424) 542-8881 or contact our Los Angeles office online

The Myth of Steroid Success

Since the advent of steroid use by prominent athletes, the term has become synonymous with strength and speed. In fact, the accurate term for the compounds are anabolic-androgenic steroids. “Androgenic” is associated with stereotypical male-centric traits such as muscularity and athleticism.

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But how exactly can you expect to regulate your hormones using unregulated products? According to one revealing study of black market steroids, an estimated 37.5% contained pharmacological ingredients that differed wildly from the contents listed on the label.[1] Unlicensed steroid use is frighteningly unpredictable and unsafe. In other words, taking a shortcut to hormonal enhancement could lead to a true dead end.

The Testosterone Advantage

Unlike synthetic steroids, testosterone exists naturally in your body. By harnessing and amplifying the power of testosterone, Dr. Christopher Asandra and his associates can unleash your full potential

Benefits of Testosterone Therapy

Hormones are the catalyst your body needs to operate at peak performance. When your testosterone levels are optimized, it allows you to build lean muscle, face the day with more energy, and perform sexually without incident. 

To reap the rewards of TRT, contact AsandraMD in Beverly Hills, California

The main benefit of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is that it celebrates your own physiology. Dr. Asandra employs the bio-identical approach to TRT, so there are no foreign additives that may clash with your natural chemistry. Instead, a series of small pellets are inserted just below the surface of the skin. They provide a physiological and gradual release of testosterone into your system. When steroid use is miscalculated, it can result in “roid rage” and other unpleasant manifestations. 

TRT, on the other hand, is customized to your biology. Dr. Asandra will monitor your progress over time with lab work and follow ups, so that he can adjust your testosterone levels according to your needs and goals. After all, healthcare is a constantly evolving process. Every minute of every day, our bodies tell us what they want. Testosterone feeds that need more efficiently and more safely than synthetic steroids ever could.

Eligible Candidates

If you struggle with a waning libido, mood instability, or other natural signs of aging, do not trust your health to unsanctioned steroids. Testosterone replacement therapy can elevate your outlook by bolstering your body’s own vitality. You may not be a viable candidate for TRT if you have a history of breast cancer or prostate issues like nodules or carcinoma.[2] Dr. Asandra can determine your eligibility for testosterone treatment during your individual consultation. 

Private Consultation in Los Angeles

You may have specific questions about steroid use. In fact, you might have even experimented with performance enhancers in the past. Rest assured, whatever you wish to discuss with Dr. Asandra is strictly confidential. He can explain the ramifications of steroid use and contrast it with a sensible testosterone replacement alternative. 

For a video introduction to Dr. Asandra and his dedicated staff, check out our media page. It provides a window into our expertise and approachability. To schedule a consultation at AsandraMD, call (424) 542-8881 or start the process online


The best preparation is awareness. To ready you for the TRT procedure, we must first assess your hormone levels. Dr. Asandra and his associates will recommend a series of tests, including a simple blood draw. Some of these measures may be taken during your consultation, and others may require more coordination with you at a nearby lab. Please be ready to share any pertinent medical records with AsandraMD so that we can create the best strategy for your continued wellness.

Testosterone Replacement Procedure

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There are two delivery methods that Dr. Asandra offers regarding testosterone replacement therapy. If you opt for gluteal injections, you will need to administer the medication every 7-10 days. On the other hand, if you prefer the pellet technique, one session can cover you for 4-5months.

Over this duration of time, the pellets will slowly release bioidentical testosterone into your system. 

Timeline of Results

One of the major advantages of trusting your enhancement with a medical professional is the proven nature of TRT. The process yields a precise, predictable menu of benefits, as opposed to the rollercoaster of uncertainty associated with steroid usage. The following timeline provides an overview of the results you can expect while undergoing testosterone replacement treatment.[3] 

  • Sexual arousal escalates after three weeks and continues to evolve for another three weeks
  • Mood swings abate after 3-6 weeks and continue to improve for approximately six months
  • Circulatory health shows marked improvement after the three month mark, continuing to thrive for up to a year
  • The combined effects of sexual health and circulatory wellness allow for stronger erections after 5-6 months
  • After about three months, many patients report increased muscle mass and a reduction in unwanted fat (especially visceral), a result that can endure for years with the assistance of a healthy diet and exercise
  • Recipients of TRT have indicated that their quality of life improved starting at 3-4 weeks after beginning treatment 

Every case varies, but this schedule gives you an idea of how satisfied you will be with your TRT experience at AsandraMD. To illustrate our point, just take one look at our stellar reviews page. Dr. Asandra will settle for nothing less than 5-star results. To benefit from his expertise and innovation, contact our office at your earliest convenience. 

Complementary and Alternative Procedures 

As outlined above, there are a bevy of rewards that come with the proper approach to testosterone replacement. While TRT provides an overall boost in wellness and vitality, you may be interested in exploring one or more targeted facets of non-surgical enhancement.

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For example, if you seek help with erectile dysfunction, AsandraMD is your ultimate resource. We treat more than just the issue of penile health; we investigate the root factors that influence sexual wellbeing. With a combination of TRT, acoustic soundwaves, and pharmacotherapy, you will be on the road to a younger, more energized you

Dr. Asandra has also perfected the use of platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, for sexual wellness. PRP is derived from your own blood, so it is as natural as it gets. The platelets from your sample are isolated and concentrated after taking a spin in our centrifuge. Then, the platelet-rich serum is injected to the source of your erectile issues. Platelets facilitate healing and intracellular communication, so their increased presence at the site of sexual arousal yields transformative results.

Dr. Asandra is fascinated by the intersection of looking good and feeling good. That is why he has mastered the art and science of hair restoration. Skip the wigs and topical creams and let your physiology go to work growing your own natural hair. The aforementioned PRP process can invigorate your follicles to flourish anew. Your mane will enjoy lustrous life, courtesy of your very own platelets. 


How much does testosterone therapy cost in Beverly Hills?

The cost of TRT depends on whether you opt for pellet insertion or gluteal injections. Each method has its benefits, but injectable testosterone may require more follow-up sessions. Dr. Asandra will provide you with a complete price breakdown as part of your comprehensive consultation.

Are steroids safe?

There is no way to answer that question without rigorously researching the source of your supplements. If you are buying black market steroids, then you are embarking on a dangerous folly. You have no way of regulating the side effects of anabolic injections. Once they are in your body, you can’t get them out. Testosterone replacement therapy, however, is customizable and bioidentical. Your enhancement is fueled by your own hormone levels. Call (424) 542-8881 to learn how TRT can change your life for the better.


  1. Ritsch, M., & Musshoff, F. (2000). Dangers and risks of black market anabolic steroid abuse in sports–gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analyses. Sportverletzung Sportschaden: Organ der Gesellschaft fur Orthopadisch-Traumatologische Sportmedizin. 14 (1) 1. DOI: 10.1055/s-2000-7396
  2. Bassil, N., Alkaade, S., & Morley, J. E. (2009). The benefits and risks of testosterone replacement therapy: a review. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management. 5 (3) 427–448. https://doi.org/10.2147/tcrm.s3025 
  3. Saad, F., Aversa, A., Isidori, A. M., Zafalon, L., Zitzmann, M., & Gooren, L. (2011). Onset of effects of testosterone treatment and time span until maximum effects are achieved. European Journal of Endocrinology. 165 (5) 675–685. https://doi.org/10.1530/EJE-11-0221 
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