Your hormones are more than just parts of a system in your body; they affect your physical, mental, and emotional health. When you’re deficient in testosterone or other essential hormones, your body will suffer. At True Male Medical Men’s Health and Wellness Center in Oak Brook, IL, we know that balanced hormones are critical to success in every realm of your life, which is why we offer BHRT, also known as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
How Long Does BHRT Take?
When you begin this process, it’s exciting because you’ll be on your way to feeling energized and revitalized once you start treatment. While you may not feel a difference in your symptoms immediately following your first treatment, you may feel a change within one to two days.
This process delivers the best results when it happens gradually over time. Each week, you will notice positive improvements in your symptoms as you experience all of the benefits that BHRT has to offer.
Changes in Your Symptoms
Most patients notice a difference in how they feel within two weeks, yet the most drastic changes and positive improvements in their symptoms typically appear three months post-treatment.
When you come in for your initial consultation, we’ll confirm that you are a candidate for this therapy, design your unique treatment plan, and choose the best hormone supplementation method. At this point, we can give you an idea of what kind of results you can expect and when you can expect them.
All About Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
BHRT is a treatment designed to help alleviate and remedy the symptoms associated with imbalanced hormones that can disrupt daily life. It is a therapy that uses bioidentical hormones to restore balance to the bodies of both men and women suffering from insufficient hormone levels.
The Different Methods
There are different forms of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy that we can use to supplement bioidentical testosterone and any other hormones that your body lacks to help balance your system and reverse your symptoms. Testosterone comes in different forms, including pellet implants, injections, oral medications, and skin patches.
Once you begin treatment, we will determine your levels and begin the treatment process. We will determine the best method and dosage for you based on your symptoms and your blood tests. It’s important to know that once you choose a form of treatment, you aren’t married to it. If at any point you’re unhappy with your initial treatment method, we can find one that better suits you so that you can feel your best.
Why Choose Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones got their namesake for a reason. These hormones are bioidentical matches of the hormones that the body produces on its own. They are made from natural, plant-based sources, not synthetic ones. Everything from their molecular structure to how the body responds to them is identical to natural bodily hormones.
The BHRT Difference
Because these hormones are identical matches to what the body produces naturally, they don’t pose any serious risks or adverse side effects like synthetic hormones can. Synthetic hormones can come from the urine of pregnant mares mixed with progestin. This is not an ideal source to use in the human body, which is why bioidentical hormones make an especially dramatic difference in those who have experienced synthetic hormones in the past.
Since synthetic hormones are not bioidentical, they can cause some issues in the body and even put patients at risk for developing diseases or other health conditions. Bioidentical hormones are the safest treatment option because they promote health and balance. They don’t cause negative side effects, and they can help protect the body against diseases like osteoporosis, heart disease, and other aging-related diseases.
What Are the Symptoms of a Hormonal Imbalance?
The hormonal system affects the body in many ways and impacts other bodily systems. When there isn’t enough testosterone in the male body, other systems can suffer, and symptoms arise. These symptoms can affect your mental, physical, and emotional health. For men, testosterone deficiencies lead to negative symptoms, including the following:
- Low libido
- Hair loss or hair thinning
- Dry skin
- Weight gain
- Difficulty gaining lean muscle mass
- Brain fog
- Mood swings
- Erectile dysfunction
- Poor bone density
Some men who experience these symptoms have resigned themselves to the fact that the aging process is the cause of their symptoms, and there’s nothing they can do about them. However, we’re here to tell you otherwise. Not only can you alleviate these symptoms, but thanks to BHRT, you can experience increased energy and true vitality in every area of your life, regardless of your age.
What Causes Hormone Imbalances?
The aging process is the most common reason men seek out bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, but it’s not the only reason. Other factors can contribute to hormone deficiencies, including genetics, an injury to the testes, cancer treatment, medical conditions and diseases, medications, illnesses, and lifestyle conditions like obesity and excessive alcohol consumption.
Andropause is a term that many men have never heard of, even though they live in the midst of it. Andropause is considered male menopause and typically affects men in their 40s and 50s. It marks a decline in testosterone and an onset of many of those negative symptoms that accompany low testosterone and the aging process in general. Hormones begin to drop in the 30s, but it is during this stage that hormones drop even further.
If you are in your 40s or 50s and don’t feel as energized or strong as you used to, this treatment can help reverse the signs of aging and help you feel years younger. You don’t have to live with all of the symptoms of aging and low testosterone. This treatment provides a simple and effective way to address your hormones and improve every area of your daily life.
Low Testosterone at a Young Age
Some men avoid seeking treatment for their symptoms because they think they fall out of the normal age range for treatment. While andropause and aging, in general, are the most common reasons men experience low testosterone, that doesn’t mean everyone else who falls out of these parameters is excluded. If you are in your twenties or thirties and conditions beyond your control have led to decreased testosterone production, we can help restore balance to your body.
Your symptoms, testosterone levels, and the fact that you aren’t experiencing vitality in your daily life determine whether you are a treatment candidate, not just your age. We want to help you feel your best in every area of your life.
What Are the Treatment Benefits?
Once you begin treatment, you will notice a positive change in your symptoms and how you feel throughout the day. You will notice increased energy, you will finally be able to lose those pounds that have been stubbornly clinging to your body, and you’ll finally be able to make those gains in the gym and reach some of your body goals. This treatment increases testosterone levels so that men can experience some of the following benefits:
- Increased energy
- Stable mood
- Mental clarity
- Improved sexual performance
- Increased libido
- Improved quality skin and hair
- Anti-aging benefits
- Healthy weight loss
- Improved bone density
You will notice an improvement in your mental clarity, which will positively impact your professional life. Physically, you will feel stronger and healthier. Emotionally, you won’t struggle with unstable moods, constant irritability, and general moodiness, which will help improve your relationships.
What Happens During Treatment?
During the treatment process, you will go through several different steps before we administer the hormones. Each step is important because it helps us better understand your symptoms, concerns, and goals.
Step One: Your Initial Consultation
First, we will schedule an initial consultation to learn more about your symptoms and perform some diagnostics to better understand your current testosterone levels.
Once we receive these results, we can analyze them and help determine the best dosage to help increase your testosterone. Your consultation is important because it allows us to learn more about you, describe the treatment process, and give you the space to ask any questions you have about the process in general.
Testing Your Hormones
Different diagnostics can be used to test hormone levels, including blood, urine, or saliva tests. Different men suffer from different degrees of testosterone deficiencies, so this consultation is so important because it helps us create a foundation for building this treatment.
Step Two: Reviewing the Treatment Methods and Beginning Treatment
Once we confirm that you are deficient in testosterone and are a good candidate for BHRT, we will review the different methods and forms of treatment and discuss your lifestyle, goals, and preferences to help determine which is the best fit for you. Then, we can begin your treatment immediately so that you can benefit from all the benefits that BHRT brings to the body.
Step Three: Follow-Up Treatments
Once you begin treatment, we will schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor your hormone levels and ensure that your prescription gives you the necessary hormones to thrive and experience true vitality. If your levels are lower or higher than what is considered optimal, we can adjust your dosage as needed during these appointments to ensure that you maintain the best state of balance.
Our goal is to be available for you during each step of this process. We will be ready and willing to answer any questions you have during each step. If you have concerns about your hormones or your prescription at any point, we will give you answers as you need them.
Am I a Candidate?
If you aren’t sure exactly what your testosterone levels are but can identify with the symptoms of low testosterone, you may be a good candidate for this treatment. We will perform the necessary diagnostics during your initial consultation to obtain your exact levels and determine if this treatment is right for you.
Don’t let your age or any other concern keep you from scheduling a consultation; if you never seek outside help to address your hormones, you’ll never experience true vitality.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Your hormones affect your life in more ways than you might even realize. When you finally take the necessary steps to seek treatment and balance your hormones, every area of your life can improve. Contact us today at True Male Medical Men’s Health and Wellness Center in Oak Brook, IL, and schedule your initial consultation with one of our hormone experts who can tell you more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and determine if it’s right for you.