Women aren’t the only ones who are affected by hormonal changes. Men go through “andropause.”
Hormone fluctuations are a normal aspect of growing older. Unlike the more dramatic drop in reproductive hormones that women experience following menopause, sex hormone alterations in men happen gradually.
While many debate whether or not men really go through well-defined male menopause, there’s plenty of evidence that proves low T can cause all sorts of health issues. Are you at risk?
What is Andropause?
The phrase “male menopause” has been used to characterize aging-related decreases in testosterone levels. Women and men, however, have different hormone changes as they age.
Ovulation ceases, and hormone production declines in women in a relatively short period of time, known as menopause.
In men, late-onset hypogonadism, often known as age-related low testosterone or andropause, is a steady decrease in testosterone levels. However, the repercussions aren’t always obvious.
It’s natural for men to suffer physical, sexual, and emotional changes when their testosterone levels fall as they become older. After the age of 40, a man’s testosterone levels drop by around 1% per year.
Low testosterone levels in older men are frequently overlooked. Many men with low testosterone levels show no signs or symptoms. Furthermore, the signs and symptoms of low testosterone aren’t unique to low testosterone. They can also be caused by a person’s age, pharmaceutical use, or other health issues, such as a BMI of 30 or higher. Nonetheless, the following are possible signs and symptoms of low testosterone:
- Low libido
- Reduction in muscle mass
- Irritability and mood swings
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Poor concentration
- Metabolic disorders
- A decreased sense of vitality
How Is Andropause Diagnosed?
To determine whether a man is experiencing andropause or low testosterone, the doctor will:
- Conduct a physical examination
- Inquire about your symptoms
- Order tests to rule out any medical issues that could be causing the problem
- Order blood testing, which could include a testosterone level measurement
Take Back Control
While the symptoms of andropause might be overpowering, the following approaches can help you manage and reduce the severity of your symptoms:
- Consume nutritious, well-balanced meals rich in essential vitamins and nutrients
- Engage in regular physical activity
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep each night
- Reduce any stress
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) restores testosterone levels to the optimal range of young adults. The goal is to alleviate symptoms of low testosterone and regain the positive effects of restored testosterone levels.
The Benefits of TRT include:
- Higher sex drive
- Improved energy levels
- Greater bone density
- Increased strength and muscle mass
- Reduced body fat
- Improved mood
- Increased cognition
- Better sexual performance
While testosterone therapy recommendations for males with age-related low testosterone differ, some specialists also recommend that men with age-related low testosterone have testosterone treatment even if there are no indications or symptoms.
If you decide to begin testosterone therapy, seek a specialist who can explain the various testosterone administration methods, goal levels, and follow-up testing.
Talk to us about your signs and symptoms, testing, and treatment choices if you suspect you might have low testosterone. We can assist you in weighing the benefits and drawbacks of treatment options.
If you have questions about andropause or any of the conditions discussed here, connecting with a doctor in a discrete setting has never been easier.
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