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During menopause, some women experience harsh side effects while losing reproductive abilities. It is common for many women to suffer from hot flashes and weight fluctuation, as well as many other symptoms that could negatively impact their quality of life. A woman who is experiencing menopause may be a candidate for hormone replacement therapy that could significantly help treat menopause’s unsavory side effects.

Additionally, hormone replacement therapy could help reduce a man’s symptoms of andropause. Many men experience symptoms associated with hormonal changes due to age that could negatively impact them physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Anyone experiencing menopause or andropause symptoms that severely interfere with their lives may want to consider speaking with a skilled Long Island hormone replacement therapy doctor. A qualified physician could examine the factors surrounding a person’s condition and work to identify an effective treatment plan.

Menopause Symptoms

Most women are familiar with the classic symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, loss of libido and vaginal dryness. However, these symptoms are often just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to menopause. Other common menopausal symptoms may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Brain fog
  • Depression
  • Dry skin
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain

Once the ovaries stop producing estrogen during menopause, women become more vulnerable to various diseases relating to aging, including osteoporosis. Unfortunately, one of the first symptoms of this brittle bone disease is a fracture.

Andropause

Men are generally less attuned to the onset of andropause than women are with menopause, since the changes are usually gradual and less dramatic. Many of the symptoms of andropause in men coincide with the symptoms menopausal women experience—including hot flashes—but some potential symptoms that only affect males include difficulty with erections, loss of muscle mass, and male breast enlargement, also known as gynecomastia.

While women generally lose all the estrogen produced in their ovaries with menopause, men do not typically suffer a complete loss of testosterone following andropause. However, they may have low testosterone levels, which hormone therapy can help boost.

Male testosterone levels frequently decline over time at a rate of about one percent per year as men enter their thirties. Steroid use may also exacerbate the loss of testosterone. Overweight men are especially susceptible to low testosterone, as are those who drink alcohol to excess or who have had cancer treatment in the form of chemotherapy or radiation.

How Hormone Replacement Therapy Could Help

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy offers natural symptom relief as well as a general boost to a recipient’s well-being. For women, the primary form of hormone replacement therapy is estrogen, while for men it is testosterone.

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Patients receive individualized treatments with the hormones created in a state-of-the-art compounding pharmacy. Each patient also receives a custom-tailored diet and exercise plan based on their own needs.

Either sex can choose from several methods of receiving bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, including injections, gels, creams, tablets, and intradermal pellets. Ongoing monitoring and blood tests can reveal changes in hormone levels, so dosage is easily adjusted.

Contact a Long Island Hormone Replacement Therapy Doctor

If the effects of hormonal changes are turning your life upside down, you may need the services of an experienced Long Island hormone replacement therapy doctor. Call the office of Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation. Dr. Jacobson could answer all your questions, so you can make an informed choice regarding an effective form of hormone replacement therapy to suit your needs.