Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for men is a revolutionary treatment that aims to restore hormonal balance and optimize men’s health. As men age, their hormone levels naturally decline, leading to an imbalance, which can affect the body in many different ways. Low testosterone levels can cause a range of symptoms, including fatigue, decreased libido, muscle loss, weight gain, mood swings, and memory problems.
Through personalized treatment plans, Dr. Patricia Guevara-Channell of Channell Wellness & Aesthetics in Rancho Cucamonga addresses these concerns. Dr. Guevara-Channell considers not only hormone levels but also lifestyle factors, nutrition, and exercise habits. This will allow her to address the root causes of hormonal imbalances and support long-term health and wellness.
If you are experiencing symptoms of low testosterone, don’t let it impact your quality of life any longer. Achieve hormonal optimization by scheduling a consultation by calling (909) 483-1236 or requesting an appointment through our contact form. We are ready to help you embark on a journey toward improved vitality and well-being.
- 1 About BHRT and Testosterone
- 2 Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
- 3 Candidates for BHRT
- 4 Personal Consultation
- 5 Preparation
- 6 Treatment Options
- 7 What Are the Results of BHRT for Men?
- 8 Cost of Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men in Rancho Cucamonga
- 9 FAQ
- 10 References
About BHRT and Testosterone
Bioidentical hormones are molecularly identical to hormones found naturally within the human body. While hormone therapy is often referenced in the context of treatments for menopause, it is a popular treatment among men as well. Whether you are undergoing changes related to middle age or have a diagnosable condition, testosterone replacement therapy can be an effective solution for men.
Testosterone is a hormone that is critical for male development; it plays a huge role in the maintenance of muscular tissue, bone density, libido, and fertility. It also helps with mood regulation and energy levels. It is responsible for the onset of puberty and all of the physical changes that come with it. While this hormone is present in small amounts in women, for men, it is a central part of their physiological makeup.
Low testosterone is not always easy to diagnose; sometimes, clinicians can mistake your symptoms for another health issue. Signs of andropause, the male version of menopause, tend to take effect slowly over the course of many years. Beginning as soon as you’re in your mid-30s, testosterone levels can decrease by 1% every year. Specifically, testosterone that binds to the protein within your body is still biologically active- it is the type that decreases with age.
Another condition that men often encounter is late-onset hypogonadism (LOH), a testosterone imbalance that negatively affects sexual performance and libido. This condition is characterized by low “free” testosterone, the amount that is present within the blood. As many as 3.1% to 7% of men aged 30 to 69 years old experience hypogonadism, but since it is so often overlooked before it is properly diagnosed, it could be much more prevalent than what is reported in studies. (1)
Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
With the help of bioidentical testosterone, you can reap the benefits of hormone replacement as you enter into your later years. After starting treatment, you can expect:
Candidates for BHRT
In order to qualify for BHRT, patients must have a hormone deficiency identified through a blood test. If all other medical conditions can be ruled out, and Dr. Guevara-Channell diagnoses your symptoms as related to andropause or a hormonal balance issue, then you may be considered a good candidate for this treatment. BHRT works for men of all ages with testosterone deficiencies.
A personalized consultation with Dr. Guevara-Channell is crucial in addressing your hormonal concerns and determining whether BHRT is the right solution for you. Dr. Guevara-Channell understands that each patient is unique and may require an individualized approach to hormone optimization. With her expertise in men’s health and hormone replacement therapy, she will perform a thorough evaluation of your symptoms and conduct necessary laboratory tests to assess your current hormone levels.
To learn more about BHRT for men and explore the affordable options available at Channell Wellness & Aesthetics, contact our office today at (909) 483-1236 or fill out your information on our contact page. Our knowledgeable staff is here to answer your questions and assist you in scheduling a consultation at our Rancho Cucamonga, CA location.
Prior to undergoing TRT therapy, you may want to review your current medications and supplements with Dr. Guevara-Channell. She will also conduct a blood test measuring both your total and “free” testosterone levels, the amount that remains unbound to protein.
Once Dr. Guevara-Channell determines that you’re a good candidate for TRT, she’ll provide you with options for how you would like to go about your treatments:
A pellet is a tiny implant (a fraction of an inch long) that is injected under the skin. For this treatment, Dr. Guevara-Channell will first administer a local anesthetic. After making a tiny incision in this region, she will use a device that can load and apply the pellet subcutaneously. The incision is then covered with surgical tape. Once it’s placed under the skin, your body will take however much testosterone it needs over the course of 4 to 6 months.
Testosterone is also available in creams and gels. For this method, you should first wash your hands and the area of application. Topical testosterone is usually applied to the groin area, where the testosterone cannot be transferred to women, children, and pets. Then, you should wait a few minutes for the cream to completely dry before putting on clothing. Finally, you should wash your hands to avoid spreading the topical to other areas. Dr. Guevara-Channell will give you more specific instructions for the type of topical she prescribes for your unique needs.
Beware of Over-the-Counter Testosterone
Over-the-counter supplements that claim to boost testosterone- often labeled testosterone “boosters” or “enhancers”- have not been thoroughly studied for their effectiveness. These supplements contain herbal ingredients that are not regulated by the FDA. Taking bioidentical testosterone orally has been associated with liver toxicity, so it is never prescribed in the United States. (2)
What Are the Results of BHRT for Men?
Over the course of several weeks after the start of your treatment, you’ll begin to notice signs that TRT is working. You will likely feel more energized and motivated. Many men find that it’s much easier for them to lose weight or gain lean muscle mass. Over time, it will begin to make positive changes to your libido and sexual performance. Throughout your therapy, Dr. Guevara-Channell will schedule follow-up appointments to closely monitor your testosterone levels.
Cost of Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men in Rancho Cucamonga
When it comes to BHRT, we strive to offer competitive pricing without compromising the level of care we provide. Our commitment to affordability extends to our BHRT options for men, allowing you to take control of your hormonal health and overall well-being without breaking the bank. During your consultation with Dr. Guevara-Channell, she will discuss the details and provide you with an accurate estimate of the cost.
Find out more about treatments offered at Channell Wellness and Aesthetics on Dr. Guevara-Channell’s blog.
What is andropause?
Andropause, also known as male menopause, refers to a natural hormonal change that occurs in men as they age. It is characterized by a gradual decline in testosterone levels, which can have various effects on the body and overall well-being. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help me going through andropause regain hormonalo balance.
Is BHRT for men safe?
BHRT is a completely safe form of treating hormonal deficiencies for patients who need it. Men undergoing testosterone replacement therapy should have routine blood tests to monitor their total and free testosterone levels.
Are there side effects to BHRT for men?
Side effects of testosterone replacement therapy, a form of BHRT for men, include irritability, excessive body hair, and lower sperm count. If you are noticing these changes, you may need to adjust or stop taking testosterone. Luckily, most side effects can be reversed.
How long does it take for men to notice the effects of BHRT?
Typically, men will begin to notice the effects of BHRT after just 3 to 4 weeks of starting treatment. Depending on your own metabolism and your initial total and free testosterone levels, noticing the full effects may take longer.
Is there an age limit for BHRT for men?
As long as they have undergone puberty, men of all ages can benefit from BHRT.
- Singh, Parminder. “Andropause: Current Concepts.” Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, vol. 17, no. 9, 2013, p. 621, https://doi.org/10.4103/2230-8210.123552.
- Shoskes, Jennifer J., et al. “Pharmacology of Testosterone Replacement Therapy Preparations.” Translational Andrology and Urology, vol. 5, no. 6, Dec. 2016, pp. 834–843, https://doi.org/10.21037/tau.2016.07.10.