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Andropause Explained

What You Should Know About Andropause

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Andropause is most commonly referred to as “male menopause”Low-T” in medical circles, but to those of you who aren’t familiar with this term, what exactly is it really affecting you? Testosterone declines in the body as men age, many subtle changes take place. The symptoms of andropause are very similar to those of menopause in women, but there are differences.

How is Andropause Diagnosed?

The only way to diagnose a reduction in testosterone levels is through a blood test. In some cases, a lower than normal testosterone count causes no symptoms. In these cases, no treatment is necessary. However, when a man suffers from symptoms that compromise his health and vitality, treatment may be recommended.

According to the Mayo Clinic, following are common symptoms of andropause:

  • Decline in various sexual functions
    These sexual changes can include erectile dysfunction, reduced libido and loss of fertility.

  • Sleep disturbances
    A reduction in testosterone can cause insomnia or abnormal sleepiness.

  • Mood changes
    Andropause sufferers might have trouble motivating themselves and experience other emotional problems such as depression.

  • Abnormal physical changes
    Low testosterone levels can cause a variety of physical changes, including a decrease in bone density, reduced muscle mass and strength and an increase in body fat. In rare cases, men with andropause might experience other symptoms, such as gynecomastia (swollen or tender breast tissue), hot flashes and diminished energy.

How is Andropause Treated?

Doctors, such as Dr. Christopher Senger (Medical Director at Virility, Inc.), who specialize in treating men who have low testosterone levels will first determine if there is an underlying medical cause such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity or severe sleep apnea. Successfully treating those conditions can sometimes improve testosterone levels.

If the the patient is a good candidate for testosterone replacement therapy, treatment can be offered in several different forms including topical gel applications, implanted pellets, or testosterone injections. Because testosterone replacement therapy does not stimulate the body’s ability to produce testosterone, the treatment must be ongoing to be effective. If the treatment stops, the low levels will return.

If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of Andropause, be sure to give Virility, Inc. a call at (800) 503-4033. We will schedule a consultation and lab work to determine if this is the case, and whether you may benefit from Testosterone Replacement Therapy.