What Is Andropause?

Dr. John Carrozzella Hormones Leave a Comment

When it comes to aging, women receive most of the attention from media and cultural sources. We’re all familiar with menopause and the role that hormones play in women’s health. Because of this disparity, however, many men find themselves in the dark about andropause, which is also called the “male menopause”.

This has led andropause to be under-diagnosed and under-treated.

Do I Have Andropause?

Aging is difficult, there’s no doubt about that. But much of the weakness, fatigue and lack of sex drive that many people contribute to “regular aging” are actually signs of andropause.

Other signifiers of andropause can include:

  • Irritability
  • Hair loss
  • Hot flashes / Night sweats
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle loss
  • Male breasts (gynecomastia)

All men experience some, if not all of these symptoms as they age. That’s because andropause, like menopause, is inevitable. Andropause usually stems from low testosterone.

Your testosterone production naturally decreases as you age. When it “bottoms out”, leads to symptoms, you have low-T.

Can Andropause be Treated?

Despite being an “accepted” part of aging, no man should have to accept the symptoms and effects of andropause. While there are several purported “home remedies” and “alternative treatments” for low testosterone, it’s best to consider a personalized treatment, based upon your needs, that can be recommended by a physician specially trained in the use of bio-identical hormones and other natural treatments.

If it is selected, BHRT uses natural testosterone, which is chemically and biologically identical to what your body produces naturally. This makes it a safer, more effective solution than conventional HRT, which uses synthetic hormones.

Let’s face it: no one wants to grow old. But if you care about your body, you owe it to yourself to visit a physician trained in the natural management of Low-T. It may not be the fountain of youth, but it’s the next best thing.

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