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Andropause, or Low-T as some call it, is a result of the naturally occurring decrease in male hormone production with age.
This decline in testosterone levels can be a slow process – and initially, symptoms may be subtle – but many men will begin to notice a characteristic set of symptoms such as decreased libido, loss of muscle mass, and fatigue. Fortunately, these and other symptoms of Andropause are treatable.
What is Andropause?
Andropause is similar to the female condition of Menopause, but is generally less sudden or severe. In women, the body’s production of the estrogen hormone stops completely and relatively suddenly, creating an abrupt surge of easily-recognized symptoms. Men experiencing Andropause, on the other hand, may begin to see less-clearly defined physical and psychological symptoms such as a gradual increase in erectile difficulties, waning sex drive, unexplained gradual weight-gain, depression, and fatigue among other problems.
The process of Andropause is more subtle because the testes do not “run out” of the substance required for testosterone production (men often continue to produce sperm well into their 80s.) As a part of the natural aging process, testosterone levels decrease in men approximately 10% every decade once they have reached their mid-30s. Some men begin to notice symptoms of andropause by their mid-40s, and approximately 30% will notice symptoms in their 50s. Both physical and psychological symptoms can be significant by the age of 65.
Signs You May be Experiencing Andropause
A wide range of symptoms are associated with Andropause. If you regularly experience some or all of the symptoms listed here, you are a good candidate for Andropause treatment at Premier Men’s Medical Center. Possible symptoms include:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Diminishing sex drive
- Anxiety or depression
- Problems with memory
- Lethargy or fatigue
- Sleep disruptions
- Loss of focus
- Hair loss
- Loss of muscle mass
- Weight gain
- Excessive sweating and hot flashes
- Gynecomastia (male breast development)
How We Diagnose Andropause
If symptoms of Andropause have begun to affect your life, you should see a physician to determine whether you are a candidate for successful treatment. Your doctor will perform a comprehensive physical examination, and ask you questions about your diet and fitness habits, any medical conditions you may have, and the severity and duration of your symptoms. To rule-out underlying health conditions that may be causing your symptoms or contributing to a hormonal imbalance, your doctor may also order a variety of diagnostic tests. You will then be given a series of blood tests to measure your testosterone levels at different periods of the day.
Effective Andropause Treatment Options
If your physician determines that your testosterone levels are low – and depending upon other medical conditions you may have – he or she may suggest testosterone replacement therapy to relieve your symptoms. He or she may also recommend changes in your exercise or nutritional habits or prescribe medications to relieve some of your symptoms.
As with any hormone therapy, there are potential risks and side effects to testosterone replacement. For example, conditions such as prostate cancer may be exacerbated by replacing testosterone. At Premier Men’s Medical Center, your doctor can advise you on the safest and most effective therapy for your individual case.
Take Action and Take Back Your Life!
It is estimated that fewer than 10% of men suffering from Andropause seek treatment – but you do not have to simply accept the physical and psychological changes you are experiencing as an unavoidable result of aging. There is no reason to delay – contact Premier Men’s Medical Center today for a consultation and get on your way to increased vigor, improved sex drive, and the boost in confidence that hormone replacement therapy can provide.