Symptoms of Andropause & Gynecomastia From Low Testosterone
Gynecomastia From Low Testosterone
Menopause is a condition women usually go through around or after the age of 45 years. Men can also suffer from a similar condition. Andropause is a common, but unfortunately not commonly diagnosed, condition that causes low testosterone in men.
These conditions and symptoms vary greatly from men to women. However, they are both related to changes in hormones due to aging. In men, the production of testosterone and other hormones declines over a long period. This can blur the lines of where the condition started and how to diagnose it. The gradual decline of testosterone over time can come with a long list of symptoms.
We’ll go over andropause and gynecomastia symptoms and how we can help get you the treatment you need. Contact our Nashua office today to schedule your appointment.
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is an increase in breast gland tissue in men. This is caused by an imbalance of testosterone and estrogen hormones. It can affect one or both breasts and can also be uneven. Normal changes in hormone levels usually cause it, but it still comes with its symptoms. These symptoms can include:
∙ Swollen breast tissue
∙ Tenderness in the beast
∙ Nipple discharge
∙ Social embarrassment
Men also produce estrogen, although in smaller quantities than women. Some medications and drugs can also cause gynecomastia. These include:
∙ Anti-androgens that are used to treat an enlarged prostate
∙ Anabolic steroids
∙ AIDS medications
∙ Anti-anxiety medications
∙ Ulcer medications
∙ Cancer treatment
∙ Heart medications
There are also several health conditions that can help cause gynecomastia. These include:
∙ Kidney failure
∙ Liver failure
Specific Signs of Testosterone Deficiency
There are many signs and symptoms of testosterone deficiency (TD). Patients may experience one, several, or all symptoms, depending on their hormone levels. They also may or may not be linked to medications or lifestyle changes you are taking or undergoing. Some of the more specific symptoms of TD include:
∙ Reduced libido
∙ Body hair loss
∙ Loss of lean muscle mass
∙ Chronic fatigue
∙ Poor memory
∙ Poor focus
∙ Lack of drive or interest in enjoyable activities
How is Testosterone Deficiency Diagnosed?
Because there are many symptoms, it’s important to speak with a doctor. Once you schedule your appointment with us, we can identify your symptoms, causes, and other reasons why you may be feeling them. This will also include a total blood testosterone level measurement to check for testosterone deficiency. We’ll check for BMI, metabolic syndrome, hair pattern, gynecomastia, testicle size, prostate condition, and more.
Andropause Treatment Options
Because every patient is different, there are many different treatment options. One of the most popular options is Testosterone Therapy. Men between the ages of 40 and 64 have been prescribed testosterone therapy to treat andropause. This works in tandem with healthy lifestyle changes, such as being more physically active, losing excess weight, and avoiding unhealthy food and habits.
There are many different ways to take testosterone as well. They include transdermal through the skin, injection, oral, intranasal, and pellet injection under the skin. We’ll help you determine the best course of action to treat andropause, low testosterone, and gynecomastia.