Men's Hormone Replacement Therapy

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If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you could be suffering from low testosterone:

The Cost

We do not “lock in” our patients with some type of expensive “packages”. Our patients are always in charge. At our clinic you pay for each service you received.

  • Initial consultation:

    $249.00 – $50

    OFF first time discount

    $199 ONLY

  • Follow up consultation:

    $149.00

    Lab Tests:

    $150.00 to $350.00

    Promotion:

    FREE saliva hormone testing! (a $150 value)

  • Medication cost:

    $50.00 to $299.00

    per month (depends on what medications and dosage)

WALK-INS AVAILABLE

2001 East 1st Street (Corner of 1st Street & Golden Circle)

Suite 102

Santa Ana, CA 92705

714-558-8033

1-877-54MYDOC (546-9362)

We accept cash and debit/credit. We currently do not accept insurance for office visits. However, your insurance may cover the cost of fill prescriptions at the pharmacy.

OFFICE HOURS

Monday – Friday 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday Closed

 +714 558 8033

Men’s Hormone Therapy FAQs

WHAT IS TESTOSTERONE?


Testosterone is a hormone made by your body and is responsible for the normal growth and development of the male sex organs and for maintenance of other sexual characteristics. In men, testosterone is produced in the testes, the reproductive glands that also produce sperm. The amount of testosterone produced by the testes is regulated by the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland.

However, Testosterone is more than just a sex hormone. There are testosterone receptors throughout your body from your heart, brain, muscles, bones, etc. Testosterone plays a critical role in maintaining a healthy immune system, insuring proper heart function, regulating mood and cognition, controlling blood sugars and healthy levels of cholesterol, controlling your blood pressure. It may even help prevent heart attacks and prostate cancer. Testosterone levels peak in men at around 30 and then slowly decline by an average of 1-2% per year.

Normal Levels of Testosterone

In healthy men, testosterone levels (also known as T levels) between 300 ng/dL and 1000 ng/dL are considered normal. The brain and the testes work together to keep testosterone in this range. When levels of testosterone are below normal, the brain signals the testes to make more. When there is enough testosterone, the brain signals the testes to make less.

DIAGNOSING LOW TESTOSTERONE
The question may arise whether the symptoms you have may be caused by Low Testosterone. Talking with your doctor is the first step in the treatment cycle. Your doctor can take a medical history and exam, assess your signs and symptoms and determine your testosterone levels (T levels).

Clinical signs and symptoms are an important indication for the need of Testosterone, but the best approach is objective laboratory values for the appropriate initial treatment and management of Testosterone deficiency.

The following explains the most important male hormones and what should and should not be done during male hormone therapy:

Testosterone In Men:

    1. Testosterone needs to be delivered directly into the blood stream in small, consistent and frequent amounts. This is normally done through injections, topical cream, etc.,
    1. Testosterone should never be administered though the mouth into the stomach.
    2. Taking testosterone orally can cause liver damage.
    1. The optimal level of free testosterone in men is 200pg to 350pg. Most doctors only test total testosterone in men, which is not the most accurate number on which to base treatment.
    1. Testosterone does not cause prostate cancer. There are now studies that support the fact that healthy testosterone levels are a cancer deterrent.
    1. Optimal testosterone levels in the body are critical to quality of life, good health and longevity.

Estrogen In Men:

    1. A man needs a little estrogen in his body. Optimal estradiol levels are 15pg to 40pg.
    1. Too little or too much estrogen in men can be harmful. It can cause water retention, offset the effects of testosterone and increases the possibility of prostate cancer.
    1. Too much estrogen is of greater concern in men with excess body fat, particularly around the belly. There is an enzyme (aromatase) in fat that causes testosterone to convert to estrogen. If conversion is an issue we put the man on an estrogen blocker. We find this problem in about 65% of our new clients. About 80% of those clients watch their diet and increase activity so that they lose their belly fat and can be taken off the blocker within 6 months.

Thyroid In Men:

    1. Thyroid is critically important in treating testosterone.
    1. Treating other hormones without checking and treating thyroid in men as needed is foolish and less than adequate treatment.
    1. Optimal thyroid levels are T3 free= 350pg to 425pg. Optimal thyroid level in the body is critical to quality of life, health and longevity in men.

DHEA In Men:

    1. Dehydroepiandrosterone is the most plentiful hormone in the body.
    1. DHEA is safe, inexpensive and has significant health benefits
    1. DHEA strengthens the immune system and balances excess cortisol produced by the body under Stress.

Cortisol In Men:

    1. Corisol is produced by the body to help the body deal with stress. Excess cortisol in men can be destructive to body tissue particularly the brain.
    1. Excess cortisol is a two edge sword. Produced by the adrenal glands, if excess cortisol is produced over a prolonged period of time, the adrenal glands can become fatigued and produce too little cortisol leaving a person feeling tired and depressed.

If you are age 35 or older and have some or all of these symptoms, You may be andropausal

Depression, or loss of eagerness and enthusiasm for daily life

Decreased energy and desire for physical activity

Decreased mental quickness

Decreased desire for intimacy

Mild to moderate Erectile Dysfunction

Muscle Loss

Increase in body fat, particularly around the mid-section

Night sweats and Trouble Sleeping

Mild to moderate irritability

Bone loss

Symptoms above are often are often misdiagnosed and treated as individual symptoms rather than male menopause e.g. depression if treated with anti-depressants rather than as an issue of low testosterone.

Low T is a commonly-used term referring to low testosterone in men. Our approach to the treatment of Low T is convenient, physiological, and unobtrusive. Our treatment does not include patches or large amounts of gel.

In addition, we provide detailed information about the risks and benefits of testosterone replacement therapy in combating Low T. Our evaluation and treatment take into account your particular medical and family history, as well as your lifestyle. We also monitor the entire hormonal system, not just testosterone levels. To learn more about Low T and to set up an initial consultation, please call us at714-558-8033

We believe that the goal of health care ought to be exactly that – care of your health, not only prevention and treatment of disease. Our mission, therefore, is to provide the most advanced, scientifically-validated diagnostics and therapeutics available to help women and men feel and look as healthy as possible as they grow older.

The Cost

Open Care does not “lock in” our patients with some type of expensive “packages”. Our patients are always in charge. At Open Care you pay for each service you received.

Initial consultation: $249.00 – $50 OFF first time discount = $199 ONLY

Follow up consultation: $149.00
Lab Tests: $150.00 to $350.00 Promotion: FREE saliva hormone testing! (a $150 value)

(Depends on which panel)

Medication cost: $50.00 to $299.00 per month (depends on what medications and dosage)

The follow up lab tests usually will not be as complete as initial one and cost less. If you have done lab work recently, not longer than 6 to 9 months, our doctor may use that report and avoid repeat another one.

Insurance: Some insurances do cover medications and lab tests, you can call your insurance and pharmacy regarding your coverage. Open Care does not bill insurance but we can provide documents to help your insurance claim upon request.

Is Low Testosterone Causing My Problems?


Men sometimes tease each other about not having enough testosterone, but low hormone levels are no joke. Testosterone is the most important sex hormone in men — too little of it can cause a variety of symptoms. “Distinguishing symptoms of low testosterone from symptoms of some chronic illnesses can be difficult. Feeling tired, loss of interest in sex, difficulty maintaining an erection, lack of energy, and mood changes all may be signs of many different issues. That is why it is important to see your physician,” explains David Fenig, MD, associate director of male fertility and sexuality at Chesapeake Urology Associates in Baltimore, Md.

Normal Aging or Another Problem?

Research suggests that one in four men over 30 have low testosterone. Some of this is a result of natural aging, but much of it may be due to other causes as well. “Signs of testosterone deficiency such as anemia, osteoporosis, and changes in body composition are also associated with aging. Often low testosterone is overlooked as a cause of these signs or symptoms when patients present with other medical conditions,” notes Dr. Fenig.

  • Aging. It’s normal for men to have less interest in sex as they get older and to have fewer spontaneous erections, but it is not normal for older men to have no interest in sex. “Low testosterone is considered a level of less than 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL); however, levels vary with age.
  • Depression. Low testosterone and depression share many of the same symptoms. Both low testosterone and depression can cause decreased sex drive, sadness, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, lack of energy, and loss of interest in normal activities. Low testosterone can be a cause of depression in some men.
  • Thyroid disease. Thyroid disease is more common in women than men, but men with thyroid disease may have many symptoms that are similar to low testosterone, including difficulty maintaining an erection, fatigue, irritability, and muscle weakness.
  • Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes and low testosterone commonly occur together in men over the age of 45. It is not clear if one causes the other, but symptoms can often overlap. If you have type 2 diabetes, you should be aware of the increased risk for low testosterone, especially if you have symptoms of decreased sex drive.
  • Damage to the testicles. Testicular tortion, trauma, infections of the testicles, and treatment of testicular cancer can be causes of low testosterone.
  • Drugs. Some studies have shown that long-term use of marijuana can cause decreased interest in sex and may lower testosterone levels. Chronic opiate use frequently causes low testosterone. Withdrawal of anabolic steroids will result in low testosterone, which may be irreversible.

Leave It or Treat It? That’s Your Choice!

Libido and Low Testosterone

Testosterone is the major hormone that provides a man with his sex drive. As men age, their ability to produce testosterone declines; it’s a just a normal part of life. However, when a man’s testosterone level falls outside the normal range, it can cause a decrease in libido. A change in a man’s sex drive not only affects him, it impacts his relationship with his partner as well. And that’s a touchy subject for a lot of guys.

The good news is that a decrease in a man’s sex drive is treatable. If you have noticed a change in your sex drive, along with other related symptoms such as weak erections, or a lack of energy, you could be a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy. Regaining your sex drive will make your life more enjoyable, put a spring in your step, an

Lack of Energy Linked to Low Testosterone

Have you noticed that you no longer enjoy some of your favorite activities due to a lack of energy? Maybe you stopped exercising because you just didn’t feel “up” for it. Maybe you just have a tough time getting through the day. All men get tired occasionally, but prolonged, continuous fatigue at any age is not normal, and it can affect everything from your work performance to your attitude. And it could be no fault of your own. What was once considered to be just a normal part of the aging process, more and more doctors are recognizing that low energy is a symptom of low testosterone levels. If you have noticed a lack of energy along with other related symptoms such as a decrease in libido or weak erections, you could be a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy.

Low Testosterone and Weak Erections
You’re in an incredibly intimate moment, and you’re unable to perform. It’s an incredibly embarrassing subject for a lot of guys to talk about. It’s even more embarrassing to experience. And it may be no fault of your own. By age 40, most men experience weak erections at some point in their lives. The good news is that regardless of the cause, weak erections are treatable. The inability to perform sexually can be attributed to a lot of different factors: stress, poor health, and others. Another possible cause is low testosterone. The first step is diagnosing the cause of the problem. Your symptoms should not be ignored as they could signal a serious health condition.

HOW DOES LOW TESTOSTERONE AFFECT YOUR LIFE?


Unlike a woman’s menopause, when estrogen levels plummet over months to very low levels, men’s “andropause” is a gradual decline of testosterone levels over years. The effects of low testosterone can be insidious, even go unnoticed.
Some men with low testosterone levels have symptoms without recognizing them. “They may still have a sex drive, but not realize how much it’s declined.” Men with symptoms of low testosterone can have significant impairment in quality of life. Current medical thinking is “these men should be treated with testosterone replacement therapy”.

SYMPTOMS RELATED TO LOW TESTOSTERONE

Perhaps you’re feeling less energetic, putting on a little extra weight around the middle, or just noticing your libido isn’t what it used to be. Now you’re suspecting andropause, the lowering of testosterone that goes with aging, might be the cause. How can we know exactly what our testosterone levels are? This is useful data to have, either to find if we’re low to begin with, or monitor the level of change as time goes by. There are a number of medical tests which your doctor can use to determine your testosterone levels. However, because of the evolving nature of these tests, many doctors are unaware of the proper test to use to determine. It’s to consult with a doctor who specializes in hormone replacement therapy that knows what type of test to request.

Testosterone blood test

Your doctor may advise that you get a testosterone blood test in his office. A “total” testosterone level checks the testosterone in your body; this is the most commonly used test. A “free” testosterone level checks the testosterone flowing in your bloodstream. Your doctor may choose to do this test as well.

When you get a testosterone blood test, your doctor, nurse or lab technician will simply draw a vial of blood from your arm and send it to a laboratory. Tests usually are done in the morning, when your testosterone levels are highest. Your doctor should have the test results back in about a week.

Bioidentical treatments vs Synthetic Treatments

Bioidentical hormones are natural — usually plant-based — substances that have an identical molecular structure and chemical composition as the hormones naturally produced by your body.

By contrast, synthetic hormones have intentionally different molecular structures: drug companies can’t patent a molecule produced naturally by the human body, so they design synthetic hormones that are molecularly different and therefore patentable — Premarin, Prempro, and Provera being the most obvious and widely prescribed examples of products containing synthetic hormones.

 Today, well over 70 percent of the population born after the 1940’s is made up of adults 35 years and older — and many of these adult men and women are experiencing the distressing symptoms of hormone deficiency.

Bioidentical hormones are the most natural way to address the medical issues associated with age-related hormone imbalances and deficiencies.

Ingredients derived from soy and yams are what make up bioidentical hormones, and have been available for over 20 years. Because bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones your body would normally produce if it could, they generate the same physiologic responses as your body’s natural hormones.

Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are natural and fit perfectly into the body’s hormone receptors. Because they are identical to the body’s natural hormones, this molecular match allows for a complete utilization of the hormone without the side effects which are common with synthetic hormones.

Give us a call, our experts can answer your questions on hormone therapy.

Why Suffer? Treatment is available today.

As a patient, you will have a customized treatment schedule based on your specific needs, one-on-one consultations with testosterone experts, and your treatments will always be monitored by a licensed physician.*
Hormone Replacement Therapy is modern preventive medicine, just like exercise, flossing, and a healthy diet. We offer both bio-identical and synthetic gel and injection based treatments.
After you take a test to uncover your current hormone levels, you and your doctor will compare your results to what are considered ideal levels. Your physician will then prescribe the proper medications and dosages to help balance your hormone levels.

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Weak libido?

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