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Hormone Replacement Therapy | HRT in San Francisco

Are you struggling with anxiety, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, or a reduced sex drive? These are all common symptoms associated with hormone imbalances in men. As men grow older, it’s not unusual for them to experience hormone fluctuations. Testosterone, in particular, often begins to decrease by up to 3% annually after the age of 30.(1) However, most men don’t notice any symptoms until several years after their hormones start to decline. But just because you’re experiencing symptoms doesn’t mean it’s too late to do something about it. Hormone replacement therapy in San Francisco can help you regain your old self.

Smart Medicine is a trusted provider of hormone therapy for men. We use bioidentical hormones more likely to integrate well with the body than traditional HRT. Bioidentical hormones may also cause fewer and milder side effects than other types. If you want to boost your energy levels, increase your sex drive, and make it easier to manage your weight, call us at 415-598-7633. We’ll answer any questions about this treatment and help you schedule an appointment.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Benefits

Living with a hormone imbalance can be difficult. Men with low testosterone are more likely to feel irritable, depressed, and frequently tired. They may also struggle with weight gain and a decline in lean muscle mass. Additionally, men with low testosterone often struggle to perform sexually and may feel a decrease in self-confidence. For those experiencing these symptoms, receiving bioidentical hormones may help. Here are some top benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement treatment:

  • Enhanced mental clarity
  • Improved weight management
  • Decreased stress levels
  • Boosted self-confidence
  • Improved sexual performance and desire
  • Better mood control
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Higher energy levels

HRT Testimonials

“Dr. Ngo has been my doctor for the past year; we started with management of my perimenopausal symptoms and later transitioned to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Ngo is very knowledgeable, he answers all my questions, explains what to expect and makes the whole process from consultations to taking tests to follow ups and getting my prescription easy and convenient. I feel that I am in good hands and can’t be happier with my results of having quality of my life back. Thank you, Dr. Ngo!”

Tatiana G.

Hormone Imbalance Symptoms

Hormone imbalances are quite common among older adults. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize those symptoms and might mistake them for other health issues. If you don’t understand the root of the problem, you may not know how to address it. Here are some of the most common hormone imbalance symptoms men experience:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • High stress and anxiety levels
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Depression
  • Decreased libido
  • Chronic low energy
  • Infertility
  • Breast tissue development

Some of these symptoms could potentially stem from other health issues. For example, unexplained weight gain could stem from type 2 diabetes, Hashimoto’s disease, or even certain medications. However, if you experience more than one of the symptoms from the above list, you may be dealing with low testosterone. Hormone replacement therapy could be the best option for restoring proper hormone balance.

HRT in San Francisco: What to Expect

Traditional testosterone hormone replacement treatments come in a variety of forms. They include creams, patches, pills, and more. All of these treatment forms contain testosterone, but they may not be a type that’s well-accepted by the body. To increase the efficacy of treatments, we provide bioidentical testosterone. It’s more likely than non-bioidentical options to mesh naturally with the body with fewer side effects.

We often recommend transdermal testosterone or testosterone injections for men because they can be adjusted to suit the patient’s needs and provide lasting benefits. Each injection lasts about three months. Many people find it easier to receive treatment once every three months instead of taking a pill or using a cream every day.

The testosterone injection process may sound painful, but we numb the injection site beforehand. We also choose an injection site that has a higher fat composition, so you feel minimal discomfort during treatment. The most common injection site is near the hip. After we inject the testosterone, we carefully close the site with Steri-Strips to reduce the likelihood of infection. After about a week, you can safely remove your Steri-Strips.

Schedule Hormone Replacement Therapy in San Francisco

There’s no reason to live in a tired, sluggish haze when you can regain your vigor and vitality with treatment. Hormone replacement treatments could potentially change your life and boost your confidence. To learn more about how bioidentical hormone injections work or to schedule hormone therapy in San Francisco, call Smart Medicine at 415-598-7633.

Hormone Therapy FAQs

How Much Does HRT in San Francisco Cost?

Different providers charge different rates for hormone treatments. However, the average cost per treatment is between $350 and $450. Contact us to get a detailed, customized treatment plan and quote.

Am I a Good Candidate for Hormone Replacement Therapy?

If you have recently experienced a decline in your energy levels, libido, and enthusiasm for life, you may be a good candidate for hormone therapy. You may not be a good candidate for this treatment if you have a pre-existing heart condition, enlarged prostate, or high blood pressure. Come see us for a thorough physical evaluation to determine whether this treatment is right for you.

What Are the Possible Side Effects of Hormone Therapy?

Possible side effects of hormone therapy for men include headaches, acne, weight fluctuations, mood swings, and sleep disturbances. Rarely, some people experience serious side effects like blood clots, heart disease, and certain cancers. Fortunately, the rate of complications for bioidentical hormones seems lower than in other forms. One study shows that the overall complication rate is less than 1%.(2) Therefore, most people do not have notable adverse reactions to treatment.

What Can I Do if I Experience Side Effects?

If you experience unwanted side effects during treatment, let us know. We can decrease your dosage to help you get optimum benefits without unwanted symptoms. We will also help you schedule follow-up treatments and maintenance appointments to ensure you’re always getting the ideal dosage for your needs.

Sources:
1 Testosterone for the aging male; current evidence and recommended practice. Clinical Interventions in Aging.
2 Low complication rates of testosterone and estradiol implants for androgen and estrogen replacement therapy in over 1 million procedures. Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism.