Menopause is a transitional phase that every woman experiences in her 40s and 50s. It happens when the ovaries stop producing certain female hormones, and it triggers infamous symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings.
Menopause is a well-known hormonal shift that affects women, but did you know that men can suffer from hormone imbalances too?
Testosterone is an important hormone that controls sex drive, fertility, and male characteristics like body hair and muscle mass. Your testosterone levels naturally decline as you get older — but if testosterone drops too low, unpleasant symptoms can result.
About 40% of men over age 45 have low testosterone, also called hypogonadism, and it only gets more common with age. The good news is that you don’t have to live with the negative effects of hormone imbalance. Eric K. Seaman, MD, and our team offer male hormone replacement therapy to help you feel like yourself again.
Signs of testosterone imbalance
Hormones are specialized chemicals in your body. Humans have more than 50 different hormones, and they influence a variety of essential functions from sleep cycles to metabolism.
Your hormone levels vary over the days, months, and years of your life. It’s natural for hormones to fluctuate, but sometimes, hormone imbalance can develop over time.
For men, testosterone increases significantly around puberty and stays relatively constant until age 30. After 30, testosterone declines at a rate of about 1% per year. In some cases, testosterone drops faster or lower than it should.
Testosterone that’s too low can cause symptoms like:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low sex drive
- Difficulty concentrating
- Decreased muscle mass
- Weight gain
If you think you might be suffering from male hormone imbalance, schedule an appointment with Dr. Seaman for an evaluation. Every man is different, and some symptoms may be more severe than others.
Treatment options for low testosterone
Hormones are complex, and that’s why Dr. Seaman and our team specialize in comprehensive hormone screenings. We start by reviewing your medical history and your symptoms, then perform a physical exam and do bloodwork or other tests as needed.
If we identify a testosterone imbalance, hormone replacement therapy could be a good option for you.
Dr. Seaman offers testosterone supplements in a variety of forms, including:
- Oral pills
- Topical creams or gels
- Skin patches
Our hormone replacement therapy programs include customized doses to reduce the symptoms of low testosterone that bother you the most. Dr. Seaman works closely with you throughout treatment to ensure you’re getting the best possible results.
Not feeling your best? It could be a hormonal imbalance. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Seaman to learn more about hormone imbalance and how we can treat it. Call our office in Millburn, New Jersey, at 973-259-6695 or request an appointment online.