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Just as women experience menopause, men undergo similar hormonal changes during andropause. Andropause is the male’s equivalent of menopause, and its side effects develop from low testosterone. A dedicated Connecticut doctor can administer low testosterone treatments to Rhode Island patients and help develop a hormone replacement regimen tailored to individual needs.

Symptoms of Low Testosterone

Past age 30, men’s testosterone levels decline by approximately one percent each year. Bone and muscle mass naturally decrease as men age, but those with low testosterone may look and feel older than their actual ages.

The most common symptoms for which men typically seek testosterone therapy are loss of libido and erectile dysfunction. Other symptoms may include:

  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of bone mass
  • Insomnia
  • Memory loss
  • Hair loss
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of energy
  • Breast enlargement, or gynecomastia

Regardless of the ways imbalanced hormones impact an individual’s health, Rhode Island residents may seek relief via low testosterone treatments.

Diagnosing Low Testosterone Levels

After taking a complete medical history and conducting a physical examination, a doctor would perform blood, saliva, and urine tests to determine a patient’s testosterone levels. A physician must work to rule out or confirm other conditions which may affect testosterone levels, such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, thyroid issues, and certain infections. Tests may also reveal whether hypogonadism, a disease which affects testosterone production in either the testicles or the pituitary gland, is responsible for a man’s adverse symptoms.

It is crucial for each patient to inform their physician about any medications—prescription or over-the-counter—that they are currently taking, as some drugs can interfere with testosterone levels. Depending on the test results, a doctor may recommend that a patient see a specialist for further examinations.

Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Bioidentical testosterone is recognized by the body as molecularly identical to that which is naturally produced. Bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy is available in injectable, intradermal pellets, patches, creams, and gel forms, and each treatment is custom-made for each patient in a state-of-the-art compounding pharmacy. A doctor could discuss the best type of low testosterone treatment for Rhode Island patients based on their individual needs.

Side Effects and Contraindications

While most men respond well to low testosterone treatments, side effects may include:

  • Edema or swelling in the ankles
  • Constant erection
  • Testicle size change
  • Urinary issues
  • Discolored skin
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain

Sometimes all it takes to relieve contraindications is an adjustment in dosage. Regular monitoring can help ensure that a patient’s testosterone levels remain in the correct range.

However, not every man is a candidate for low testosterone treatments. Those with a history of prostate cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, or kidney or liver disease should consult a doctor before undergoing testosterone replacement therapy.

Rhode Island Low Testosterone Treatments May Be Able to Help

If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms and would like to learn more about the benefits of low testosterone treatments, call a Connecticut physician who is familiar with treating Rhode Island patients today. Contact the office of Dr. Edward Jacobson to schedule a consultation so we can help you feel like yourself again.