Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men

Have your energy and moods been on a downward slide? Andropause, also called male menopause or low T, can creep up on you, slowly draining your vigor and virility. The hormone specialists at Longevità Medical in Victor, NY, have safe, effective treatment options to get you back in the game.

With a simple consultation, you’ll learn if you’re a candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), such as testosterone therapy. As leading BHRT specialists, we have helped many men in Rochester and throughout Upstate New York live their lives to the fullest with our safe, effective, medically managed hormone replacement program.

Symptoms of Male Hormone Imbalance (Low T)

Common signs of hormone imbalance in men include:

  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Low libido
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Weight gain
  • Sleep problems
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Trouble focusing
  • Depression
  • Hair loss or thinning

Why Do Hormones Matter?

Your endocrine system produces hormones that control many of your body’s functions, including metabolism, stress response, sex drive, moods, regeneration, and more. When hormones become off balance, even slightly, men can experience a variety of problems.

Because testosterone and other hormone production naturally decline with age, imbalances are common in men as early as their 40s.

What Are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are derived from plant-based sources, such as Mexican wild yams, that contain a chemical called diosgenin. Compounding pharmacies can chemically convert diosgenin into synthetic bioidentical hormones, such as testosterone, progesterone, and DHEA, which are identical to the natural molecular/chemical structure of the hormones our bodies generate.

Is BHRT Right for You?

BHRT can help men bring their hormone levels into balance and alleviate symptoms associated with andropause. Bioidentical hormones have over 30 years of support for their safety and efficacy.

To ensure you are a candidate for BHRT, a thorough health assessment and physical exam will be completed at your consultation prior to starting hormone therapy.

Meet Our Providers

Owner and medical director Dr. Vito C. Quatela, along with Julie A. Chatt, MSN, FNP-C, provide regenerative medicine care tailored to the needs of their patients so they can live their best lives.

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Common Therapies To Balance Male Hormones

Therapies for men with low T include testosterone and DHEA (adrenal hormone) to boost energy, treat erectile dysfunction (ED), increase strength and recovery after workouts, and maintain bone density.

In addition to BHRT, you should make healthy lifestyle choices that include aerobic and resistance exercise, eating right, and minimizing alcohol and tobacco use.

Why Is BHRT Better Than HRT? 

Bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as natural hormones so that the body can use them without harmful side effects. These substances can be custom compounded for your specific needs.

Additional Benefits of BHRT

While BHRT effectively treats the symptoms of andropause, it provides additional health benefits, including:

  • Improvement in sexual function, skin quality, vitality, and cognitive functioning
  • Increased muscle mass and bone density
  • Decreased risk for cardiovascular disease
  • Improvement in lipid profile (cholesterol panel)
  • Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease (up to 23%)
  • Lowered incidence of colon cancer

How Do I Get Started?

Call (585) 244-1506 to set up your clinical assessment. It takes three easy steps to start your personalized BHRT program:

Step 1 Magnifine glass icon Candidacy

Our Worldlink Medical-certified hormone specialist, Julie Chatt, FNP-C, will meet with you over Zoom for an exploratory visit to review your health history, symptoms, and goals for improvement. If you are a candidate for BHRT, we will order bloodwork at our office or your local Quest Diagnostics lab.

Step 2 Two people sitting and talking icon Consultation

Once your lab results are in (usually within 10 days), Julie Chatt will meet you for a consultation in our office, during which she will:

  • Perform a complete physical exam
  • Go over your lab results and how they correlate with your presenting symptoms
  • Review your personalized treatment plan for hormone balance
  • Prescribe and order your customized bioidentical hormones
Step 3 Magnifine glass over clipboard icon Treatment

Patients typically receive their specially formulated medication by mail in about 7 to 10 days and can begin treatment right away.

Ongoing monitoring by Julie Chatt involves periodic check-ins and bloodwork to ensure your treatment is effective and optimized for your needs. Julie will make dosage and medication adjustments, as necessary.

We Use a Compounding Pharmacy for Quality and Peace-of-Mind

Our compounding pharmacy is MedQuest, one of the largest compounding pharmacies in our country. They are highly regulated, third-party tested, and meet high standards of purity, safety, and accuracy. Using a compounding pharmacy allows us to further individualize medication doses for our patients depending on their age, level of hormone depletion, and response to dosages. We cannot achieve such a precise level of medication management with standard pharmacies. Also, we cannot guarantee that a standard pharmacy will not source the ingredients from other countries.

We assess hormone levels and the body’s response to hormone supplementation using serum samples taken from the blood instead of saliva testing, which is unreliable and inaccurate.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy FAQs

How much moes BHRT cost in Rochester, NY?

The price for our medically managed BHRT program is $2,350 per year, which covers the following professional services (labs and hormones paid for separately):

  • Virtual clinical assessment (deposit): $75
  • In-person consultation with our hormone specialist, Julie Chatt: $425
  • One year of office visits, emails, phone calls, Zoom appointments, ordering and interpreting labs, and balancing all hormone prescriptions: $1850

Will medical insurance pay for BHRT?

While Longevità Medical does not accept insurance, we do accept the following forms of payment:

  • All major credit cards
  • Cash
  • Checks
  • Patient financing through CareCredit®

How long do you stay on hormone
replacement therapy?

The length of time that patients can supplement hormones depends on their treatment plans, conditions, medical histories, and goals. Men treating low testosterone with hormone supplements can continue BHRT under the close monitoring of a medical practitioner for years.

When does BHRT start to work?

Patients may start to experience improvement in their symptoms in as little as 2 weeks, but, on average, it takes 6 to 8 weeks of consistent use. Depending on the individual, it may take several months to restore hormones to optimal levels.

Request Your Consultation

Men considering bioidentical hormone replacement therapy travel from Buffalo, Syracuse, and throughout western New York to Longevità Medical in Victor, NY. Julie Chatt, FNP-C, is a certified BHRT provider and a board-certified family nurse practitioner with 24 years of experience providing care to patients in a variety of settings. You can request a consultation using the online form or call our office at (585) 244-1506 to schedule an appointment.