We all recognize that women go through menopause, usually between the ages of 48 and 52. At that time, the supply of eggs in the ovaries begins to deplete and the levels of estrogen, the primary female sex hormone, drop precipitously. What is not as well recognized is that something quite similar happens to men – termed andropause. We might instead call it MAN-opause.
During andropause, the production of sperm in the testicles decreases (although not to zero) and the levels of testosterone, the primary male sex hormone, also begin to drop. Andropause is a much more gradual process than menopause, and, since men do not have menstrual cycles (which obviously cease with menopause), it is not as obvious. Men might notice a decrease in energy levels, less muscle mass, lower strength, worsening sleep patterns, a negative change in their mood, decrease in their sex drive and reduction in their sexual functioning.
There are blood tests helpful in diagnosing andropause, usually a combination of low blood testosterone levels and a corresponding increase in pituitary hormones suggesting the brain is “unhappy” with the lower levels of male sex hormone. One problem that exists is that many physicians are not adept at interpreting the results of these tests.
When the low testosterone state is diagnosed, there are a variety of replacement strategies that can be used. These include topical creams, sprays and patches as well as intra-muscular injections and even implantable testosterone-releasing pellets. Once again, many physicians do not have the expertise necessary to help their patients choose the best form or the proficiency in interpreting later blood tests to determine whether the replacement strategy is indeed working.
If you believe you may be suffering from low testosterone levels and want to learn more, please contact our Naples, FL office at 239-676-3410.
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