Hey Guys! Get Your Groove Back - and Get Back in the Game - with Hormone Therapy
If you’re a healthy male who’s been experiencing inexplicable bouts of brain fog, on-going periods of low sex drive and/or ED, or a diminished zest for life in general, your hormones may be to blame. See how hormone optimization can help you get your life – and your libido – back from the brink.
Low testosterone levels don’t just affect men over the age of 50 or who may be entering andropause. Low T levels can strike men as young as their early 20’s, unfortunately. However, the reasoning for the decreased hormone levels may be due to more serious, underlying conditions, such as:
- Acute/chronic stress
- Poor sleep quality/insomnia
- Poor diet/lack of physical activity
- Genetic predispositions
- Inflammatory diseases, such as tuberculosis
- Chemotherapy and/or radiation exposure from cancer treatments
- Alcohol/drug abuse
What is Testosterone and How Low is TOO Low?
Produced naturally by both males and females, testosterone is the primary male sex hormone responsible for male sexual health and overall well-being. It’s also what gives men their secondary sex characteristics, such as facial/body/pubic hair, muscle mass, angular features, etc. Testosterone is also responsible for bone strength, red blood cell production, stabilizing energy levels, regulating mood, and driving libido. While testosterone levels begin to decline in men around the age of 30, and at a rate of approximately 1-2% per year thereafter, some men, including younger men, may experience a sharp decline unexpectedly.
If a blood test reveals T levels lower than 300 ng/dL, it may be time to seek professional treatment to avoid more complicated and serious health challenges in the future. If left untreated, chronic testosterone imbalance can lead to stroke or heart disease. For men who are unable to produce testosterone in their testes due to loss of the testes from cancer or a condition known as Klinefelter Syndrome, hormone therapy, specifically bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) in the form of fast-acting, long-lasting pellets or injections, can help balance levels and get men back in business – both in the bedroom and in the boardroom. However, it’s important to keep in mind BHRT, as with traditional hormone replacement therapy, is not meant to be administered long term, and should be evaluated every few months to determine if a patient’s natural T levels are returning. Long-term BHRT should be avoided as it could cause infertility in younger men who wish to reproduce at some point in their lives. Supplemental testosterone has been shown to decrease sperm production in some men, so taking precautionary measures and consulting with highly knowledgeable physicians is always strongly advised.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
How do you know if your testosterone levels are bordering on the point of no return? If you are a male who has been experiencing any of the following symptoms over a period of time, your T levels may be in question:
- Reduced erectile function/unsustainable erections/ED
- Inability to ejaculate/prolonged ejaculation
- Low libido/loss of interest in sex
- Loss of body hair/patches in beard growth
- Brain fog/inability to focus
- Difficulty sleeping/staying asleep
- Lack of motivation/zest for life
- Weight gain
- Irritability/mood swings
- Not feeling “like yourself”
BHRT for Low Testosterone Levels: More Than Just “Popping a Pill”
Re-balancing inharmonious hormones is more complex than just popping the proverbial “little blue pill.” Also, if you’ve tried clocking enough quality sleep per night, started eating healthy, have been hitting the weights, even dropped a few pounds, but are still not feeling like your dynamic self, BHRT can help. BHRT goes in depth to get to the heart of the matter, essentially reversing your hormonal dysfunction and restoring balance, harmony, and vitality to your sex life AND everyday life.
How does BHRT work, exactly? If you set-up a one-on-one, discreet consultation with Dr. Setareh, you will undergo his proprietary 360-degree evaluation that assesses your body and health’s current situation. The findings of this comprehensive, full-body analysis will then be sent to a lab where a unique dosage and prescription of bioidentical hormones will be conclusively determined. Our BHRT dosage comes in pellet form that is painlessly and inconspicuously inserted beneath the hip/flank area. Everyone is unique, therefore, so is their treatment plan. Whether your BHRT will be administered via pellet or injection or both, it will be conducted in the office in a matter of minutes and most patients can resume their day without any complications, save for a little soreness at the injection or insertion site. Most patients will begin to feel better within a few weeks upon receiving their first dosage, which should last about 4 months before an evaluation is required for further treatment.
Can Hormone Therapy Work for You?
If you have been experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms and suspect your testosterone levels may be too low, we invite you to contact our Newport Beach office to speak with any of our friendly, compassionate team members who can help answer any questions you may have. They will also be more than happy to set-up a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Setareh where you will undergo the tried-and-true 360-degree evaluation to determine if BHRT is right for you.