THE AGE DEFYING CLINIC
THE AGE DEFYING CLINIC
At Rejuvime Medical, we see patient education as part of our DNA. As you explore your options for hormone replacement therapy from a hormone specialist here in Baton Rouge, we know you’ll have questions about everything from possible side effects to long-term results. We’re happy to share our answers in this FAQ.
26. What is HRT?
Weight loss can be a positive byproduct of HRT offered by Rejuvime. The treatment’s primary focus is to restore your hormones to an optimal level. People often find this results in increased energy and productivity, along with improved insulin sensitivity.
The only reason a patient would be on HRT is due to a lack of natural hormone production. Therefore, the best way to maximize the benefits is to continue HRT treatment through the long term.
Yes. Along with men, women can be deficient in testosterone. Testosterone is actually very important for women as well as men, and testosterone replacement therapy in Baton Rouge can help improve energy, mood, and sex drive.
Side effects of HRT vary from patient to patient and are very individualized. Some patients never experience any negative side effects. Some possible side effects include acne, hair thinning, increased blood viscosity, and weight gain. However, when you follow the instructions of Rejuvime Medical’s well-trained providers, these side effects should be minimal, if present at all. We can provide additional medications to help manage side effects, if necessary.
HRT is not proven to cause cancer. However, if cancer is ever detected in a patient, it is recommended they stop HRT treatment and seek advice from an experienced specialist, such as a urologist, gynecologist, or oncologist.
Individuals who abuse testosterone are likely to experience an increase in an agitated mood, or “roid rage.” However, when HRT is managed by Rejuvime, we optimize your hormone levels within therapeutic ranges. Patients will typically experience a decline in agitation and anxiety, an improved mood, and an overall increase in a sense of well-being.
The delivery method determines how quickly the effects of HRT are felt. For example, if you are taking an injection for testosterone, the effects may be felt as quickly as 24 to 48 hours later. Other delivery methods, such as creams or pellets, may take longer to reach optimal levels.
Rejuvime offers affordable subscription plans which help avoid large upfront costs. The average HRT plan at Rejuvime costs $150 per month. This includes:
Rejuvime offers many other treatments that can help you feel stronger and more vital. Some even address the anti-aging needs of our Baton Rouge and New Orleans patients. A few of the most popular services include:
Our candidate questionnaire can give you some helpful insight into whether HRT may be right for you. The first step at Rejuvime is to have a comprehensive lab panel drawn to determine your current levels. From there, you will meet with a provider to review the lab work and, equally importantly, your symptoms. The combination of current labs and current symptoms gives your provider the "map" necessary to determine whether you are a candidate. If you are, your provider will use this information to customize a treatment plan just for you.
HRT has been shown to strongly increase sex drive and libido in both men and women.
Optimizing testosterone levels can improve muscle mass and strength. Muscle loss is a common condition that affects both men and women as they age, and testosterone is one of the primary drivers of muscle mass.
HRT can cause an increase in muscle mass and bone density, both of which are positive side effects that may cause an increase in weight. However, we find this is more prevalent in men than women because higher doses are given to male patients.
Estrogen increases are possible due to the body’s mechanism of converting unused testosterone into estrogen. Any time a patient is on testosterone therapy, this is a possibility. As part of your HRT plan with Rejuvime, we can include medications to help manage estrogen levels if necessary.
If a patient stops HRT, his or her hormone levels will go back to what they initially were before starting treatment.
Hair thinning can be a side effect of HRT. However, when you follow the recommendations of a well-trained provider, this and other side effects should be limited or not present at all. We can provide additional medications to help manage hair loss if it does occur.
Acne can be a side effect of HRT. However, when you follow the recommendations of a well-trained provider, this and other side effects should be limited or not present at all. We can provide additional medications to help manage acne if it occurs.
A deficiency in hormones is often coupled with a lack of energy, motivation, and drive. By optimizing your hormone levels, you should have an improvement in each of these areas.
People who should avoid HRT include:
Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of hormone deficiency or imbalance should consider HRT. The symptoms usually include:
Increases in energy, productivity, and libido may occur as soon as within the first 2 days of starting testosterone injections. However, creams and pellets take longer for hormone levels to increase, so it may be a couple of weeks before the effects are noticeable. Physical or aesthetic results usually occur between 6 to 8 weeks.
Everyone ages and, at some point, experiences a decline in energy and well-being. There is nothing to be ashamed about if you are experiencing symptoms associated with hormone deficiency. Be honest and open with your spouse about your symptoms and goals.
Examples of hormone therapies include:
Dosing depends on the delivery method and provider instructions. Common male doses of injectable testosterone range from 140mg to 200mg per week. Common female doses of injectable testosterone range from 5mg to 15mg per week.
Consider your current symptoms, your lab values, and the recommendations from your provider. Before starting HRT, consideration and preparation for a long-term commitment are necessary.
HRT stands for hormone replacement therapy. It has become increasingly popular in Baton Rouge and around the globe over the last 40 years for treating a host of symptoms that coincide with aging, including:
Hormone replacement can include testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and thyroid hormones.
Peptides are responsible for naturally increasing human growth hormone (HGH) production in the body. A typical peptide will send a signal to the pituitary gland to stimulate HGH production. This is different than actual HGH and avoids the unwanted side effects of synthetic HGH.
You may have some suspicion of low T based on your symptoms. However, the quickest and easiest way to know is to get a full lab panel drawn to determine your current hormone levels.
BHRT stands for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. BHRT is plant-derived and more closely mimics the hormones our bodies produce naturally. Synthetic hormone treatments are most commonly made by pharmaceutical companies that have proprietary claims on drugs. Our medical professionals have extensive training in providing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for our Baton Rouge and New Orleans patients.
All HRT is safe as long as it’s medically monitored, which includes routine lab value draws and consults with the provider responsible for your individual treatment.
HRT is safe at any age, assuming the candidate has no contraindications for treatment. At Rejuvime, our patients’ safety is our No. 1 focus.
If the 20-year-old is diagnosed with true hormone deficiency and has no contraindications, then they are a candidate, and HRT can help.
A well-designed HRT treatment plan should help to alleviate the symptoms of menopause. Rejuvime focuses on creating treatment plans designed to specifically meet our patients’ needs.
At Rejuvime, we use specific lab panels for each patient to ensure safe, accurate, and effective therapy.
Rejuvime uses nurse practitioners to prescribe to our patients. Our nurse practitioners have a collaborating physician that they report to as required by state laws. They are certified, licensed, and have had specialty training in the field of HRT.
The risks of HRT vary depending on the individual. However, these risks should always be minimized or negated when following the treatment plan as prescribed by our highly trained providers at Rejuvime.
At Rejuvime, we offer multiple forms of delivery for the convenience of our patients. Oral regimens, injections, creams, and pellets are our most common forms of delivery.
An estrogen blocker is a term used for a medication that reduces the amount of circulating estrogen. AIs, or aromatase inhibitors, help reduce the amount of testosterone that’s converted to estrogen. Anastrozole is one of the more commonly prescribed AIs that helps maintain normal estrogen levels while on testosterone.
A blood panel will show current levels of estrogen, and your provider will determine if these levels need to be reduced through medication.
At Rejuvime, we run comprehensive hormone panels on our patients to determine whether low T treatment would be beneficial.
Testosterone is not shown to increase PSA levels or cause prostate cancer. At Rejuvime, we continuously monitor PSA levels and the trend of your levels while on testosterone.
It is not encouraged to start and stop HRT therapy. There are obvious exclusions, including unforeseen contraindications and life circumstances, which may cause a patient to stop HRT. If that happens, your body will return to its baseline hormone levels and functioning.
Testicular atrophy occurs when the testicles are no longer sending a signal to the pituitary to produce testosterone. However, Rejuvime offers elective HCG treatment to help alleviate this potential side effect. HCG mimics the pituitary signal to help maintain testicular size and prevent atrophy or shrinkage.
Excessive increases in clitoral size are the result of non-therapeutic dosing. However, optimizing testosterone levels with proper dosing can help improve clitoral size for women experiencing clitoral atrophy due to menopause.
Yes. Due to potential aromatization, nipple sensitivity is a possibility and is more common in males. This sensitivity occurs due to an increase in estrogen. This can be combated with an aromatase inhibitor (AI) to help block the conversion of testosterone into estrogen.
Injections have a shorter half-life, and, due to weekly or twice weekly administration, they offer more flexibility to adjust the dose. Pellets last an average of 3 months after insertion, so it is not possible to adjust the dosing during that 3-month period.
Acromegaly is an increase in hand and feet size that is directly related to an influx in human growth hormone (HGH) produced by the pituitary gland. Therefore, testosterone replacement therapy has no effect on acromegaly.
A well-designed HRT plan for women will include medications that reduce the symptoms associated with menopause, such as night sweats and hot flashes. Often, HRT can also address symptoms of perimenopause, such as insomnia, in our Baton Rouge office.
Gynecomastia or “man boobs” is an increase in breast tissue in males. Low testosterone levels can sometimes lead to the development of breast tissue. Testosterone replacement is shown to increase lean muscle mass. With the proper treatment plan and medications, these symptoms will be reduced.
Meet with a lifestyle specialist, who provides an overview of our services and can answer all your questions.
A nurse practitioner creates a customized treatment plan based on your concerns and blood test results.
Schedule periodic appointments to medically monitor your progress and make any adjustments, if needed.