Andropause (male menopause), is a condition that is characterized by a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including hot flashes in men, erectile dysfunction, low libido, irritability, muscle loss, and fatigue that are the consequence of low levels of testosterone.
“Andropause is not as well studied as menopause, but no well-established hereditary, social or behavioral factors have been found that may put a person at higher risk of untimely andropause. For men, testosterone production gradually decreases across the lifespan, and certain men may have lower male hormone levels in their 50s.
Information, according to a study published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, reported that nearly 40 % of men over the age of 45 are affected by low testosterone.
Possible Causes Of Andropause
Andropause is usually triggered by low testosterone. Declines in testosterone begin in a man’s late 20s and continue to recede, reaching noticeably low levels around middle age, when men begin to experience symptoms of andropause or low testosterone.
Testosterone is responsible for male physical characteristics such as deep voice, muscle strength, strong sexual drive etc…
However, the testes produce less testosterone as men grow in age, and certain medical conditions can also trigger early andropause. Medical conditions such as testicular cancer and then surgically removing the testes can also trigger early andropause.
Prostate cancer patients that undertake anti-testosterone therapy to maintain very low testosterone levels will experience andropause.
Symptoms Of Andropause
Andropause symptoms are usually mistaken for signs of aging and left untreated, however, sufficient levels of testosterone are vital to a man’s wellbeing. The onset of andropause may result in noteworthy physical, psychological and emotional changes in men, including:
- Loss of concentration
- Problems with memory and insomnia.
- Low energy levels and fatigue
- Change in attitude and mood swings
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- loss of muscle mass and strength,
Similarly, Symptoms of Low Testosterone are:
- Low libido
- Gynecomastia (man boobs)
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Muscle loss
- Erectile dysfunction
- Night Sweats
- Memory loss
- Hot flashes
- Low energy
Diagnoses of Andropause
To make the diagnosis of male menopause, the doctor will likely perform a physical exam, and ask the patient if he is experiencing some symptoms. He will then order some clinical tests to rule out medical problems that may be contributing to the condition. The doctor is likely to order a blood test, which may include measuring testosterone level.
Management of Andropause
If testosterone levels are low, testosterone replacement therapy may help to relieve symptoms such as Loss of interest in sex (decreased libido), Depression, and Fatigue.
Testosterone therapy has reached new heights of safety and effectiveness over the years as advances in science have revealed more precise forms of testing hormone levels and administering testosterone.
Testosterone therapy these days comes in a diversity of delivery methods including creams, gels, injections, and pellets.
Pellet therapy has become the most preferred delivery method of bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy, as it mimics the natural discharge process of testosterone.
Testosterone pellet therapy is made to deliver a steady quantity of hormone over the course of 3 to 4 months, eliminating daily dosing hassles and reducing the risk of side effects.
Your doctor will help establish which treatment is best suited for you and should consider your lifestyle when making this decision. Follow-up visits with your doctor will be important after the initial treatment begins as it will help your doctor to monitor and check your reaction to the treatment and make adjustments, if necessary.
Testosterone supplementation may cause itching, rashes, or irritation at the application spot. Supplemental testosterone is not recommended for men with prostate cancer or an enlarged prostate, as this may accelerate prostate tissue growth.
In conclusion, if you are considering androgen replacement therapy, talk to a doctor to learn more. Your doctor may recommend certain lifestyle changes in the area of Diet, Exercise program, and Medications (such as antidepressant) to help with some symptoms of male menopause.
Categories: Men's Health