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Testosterone levels affect many aspects of a man’s life. Of course, you may be primarily concerned about a low sex drive and erectile issues, but too little testosterone circulating in your system can affect more than your sex life. Testosterone replacement therapy may revitalize not only your intimate habits but many other parts of your life. A Beverly Hills low testosterone doctor could help you restore your testosterone levels and enjoy the benefits that may come with it.

Contact Dr. Jacobson’s office to schedule an appointment. A knowledgeable physician could potentially discuss different hormone therapy options for men, along with how each treatment may influence their health.

What Causes Low Testosterone?

As men age, testosterone levels may drop. Peak levels occur around age 20, and from the age of 30 onward, men may lose about 1 percent of testosterone per year. By the time most men are in their 50s, they could start to recognize the results of low testosterone.

However, aging alone is not the only cause of low testosterone. Other potential causes of low testosterone include certain medications, including many antidepressants or blood pressure drugs.

Men with a history of testicular injury or damage may also have low testosterone levels, as could men with pituitary or hypothalamic diseases. Some genetic issues could be related to low testosterone and may include Kallman and Klinefelter Syndromes, or myotonic dystrophy.

Men diagnosed with HIV or those who have undergone radiation treatment for cancer may also have low testosterone levels. However, men diagnosed with prostate cancer or any type of active cancer are typically not candidates or individuals who could benefit from testosterone replacement therapy.

Men who want to become fathers are also not suitable candidates for testosterone replacement therapy either, as increased testosterone could lower sperm counts. For these men, other forms of hormone therapy may be available. For more information about therapy, reach out to a seasoned doctor.

Low Testosterone Symptoms

Besides low libido, other symptoms of low testosterone may include:

  • Insomnia
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Mood changes
  • Weight gain
  • Body and facial hair loss
  • Loss of bone density
  • Gynecomastia, or enlargement of the breasts

If someone suffers from one of these symptoms, they should reach out to a seasoned Beverly Hills low testosterone doctor.

Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy is one option that helps to replace lost testosterone. This could allow a man’s testosterone levels to return to normal. Because these hormones are bioidentical, they are typically the same on the molecular level as hormones created naturally by a man’s body. This therapy option may allow the body to more readily accept the testosterone and potentially without the negative side effects of more conventional hormone therapies for men.

Testosterone replacement therapy is commonly available in an injection, patch, intradermal pellet, pill, and gel forms. Men who chose testosterone injections must generally have their doctor perform them, but doses may be needed less frequently than other types of testosterone replacement therapy.

What a Low Testosterone Doctor Could Do to Help

To determine whether low testosterone is the correct medical issue, the doctor may take a complete medical history and perform a thorough physical examination. It may be important to disclose any medications currently being taken, whether prescription or over the counter, as certain medications could affect testosterone levels.

A blood sample is generally taken to determine testosterone levels. After testosterone therapy starts, a person undergoing such therapy may have their blood tested regularly to check hormone levels and potentially have the dosage of his hormone treatment adjusted accordingly.

Along with testosterone replacement therapy, the doctor may recommend a diet and exercise program specifically tailored for each patient. The goal is typically to help reach optimal wellness, and simply receiving testosterone without making certain lifestyle changes may not always allow a man to achieve that goal.

Contact a Beverly Hills Low Testosterone Doctor

If you are not feeling like yourself and think you may suffer from low testosterone, call the Beverly Hills office of Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange for a consultation. If findings indicate another condition may prove responsible for low testosterone, you may be referred to a specialist. Otherwise, a Beverly Hills low testosterone doctor could help you determine a medical course of action that could best improve your health and physical needs. Call today to learn how a doctor could help you.