In a word, andropause is the male version of menopause. It is caused by the same thing a woman experiences – a decline in hormone production. For a man this means that over time his body will manufacture less and less testosterone. Surprisingly, the decline begins at around the age of 30. Beyond that age, male hormone levels drop by approximately 10 percent every decade. By the time a man is between 40 and 55, his testosterone levels will drop appreciably and signal the onset of andropause.Is this Something new in Men?
A big reason andropause has not made the front page headlines is the social stigma attached to issues of masculinity. And no man wants to hear that what makes him a man is not up to snuff. In years past when men experienced a physical decline, emotional changes, or things like hair loss, paunchiness, or erectile dysfunction they assumed that it was some kind of mid-life crisis thing. And their doctors most often encouraged them to accept their plight because they weren’t ‘spring chickens’ anymore. So, you just had to live with it. Today we know that testosterone deficiency can be linked to osteoporosis, heart disease, depression, sexual dysfunction, and other problems that crop up in later life.When Andropause occurs?
Most men will experience andropause between the ages of 40 and 55, at which time they can be said to be testosterone deficient. Although a decline in testosterone levels will occur in virtually all men as they age, each man’s symptoms vary as does the age at which those symptoms occur.What are the most common symptoms of Andropause? The symptoms of andropause are very much like those of menopause. Men frequently experience
- Weight gain, Fat increase especially mid abdominal, Decrease mental quickness, Brain Fog
- Chronic fatigue, Loss of endurance, Loss of energy and stamina, Loss of strength,
- Fat doesn’t’ change to lean muscle mass with increased exercise, Prolonged recovery from exercise
- Loss of interest in normal activities, Mood swings, Depression, Fear, Anxiety, Sleep disturbances
- Diminished libido or sex drive, Decrease orgasmic intensity, Loss of erectile strength
- Loss of cardiac protection, High cholesterol, High LDL Cholesterol, Osteoporosis
NOTE: Some of these symptoms can be due to other causes as well, and should be evaluated by your physician.The truth is that you don’t have to live with it!
Just because we aren’t “spring chicken” doesn’t mean that we have to accept this aging-related decline in health. Testosterone Replacement therapy is very important to maintain optimum health and the best daily living possible for both men and women. The negative press you have seen on testosterone is based solely on studies performed using anabolic steroids and pharmaceutical testosterone. Biologically identical testosterone pellets are free of the serious side effects associated with those synthetics. Research continues to support the use of all-natural, biologically equivalent testosterone in healthful doses, especially when pellet therapy is used. Remember, pellet therapy is the only delivery system capable of delivering those healthful doses 24/7, directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the liver. It has time and again demonstrated the ability to support good health, slow the aging process and readily alleviate andropause-related symptoms. After just a few short weeks of treatment you begin experience a sense of well-being and vitality you haven’t felt for yearsHow do we diagnose Andropause?
Our doctors will discuss your symptoms, do a physical exam and request blood tests to measure your hormone levels. It is important that both free and total testosterone are tested, along with other hormones and indicators of your overall state of health. We monitor standard blood tests, Lipids, PSA, and hormone levels. After initial blood testing, repeat testing occurs at 6 weeks, 6 months, 12 months, and then twice a year from then on
Important Note: Testosterone replacement therapy is for “recognized medical conditions” such us androgen deficiency. Testosterone therapy is not prescribed for those seeking to increase athletic performance, competitive or not. Testosterone therapy will only be prescribed to those after the appropriate lab testing, coupled with a history and physical that ascertains a medical condition exists.Testosterone Replacement Therapy
- Intramuscular Injections: Usually given in 1-3 week intervals, this method is better for maintaining testosterone levels than creams, but it is not as “issues” free and requires closer supervision.
- Creams and Gels: This method comes in pharmaceutical preparations or compounded preparations. While easy and cost effective, some problems with maintaining proper levels can occur utilizing testosterone creams. Additionally, creams and gels need to be applied daily. In women the sites need to be rotated as testosterone cream in the same place can lead to hair growth in that area.