Andropause: Menopause for Men
- Posted on: Jun 11 2018
Yes, this exists. Yes, chance are you will experience it or are currently experiencing it.
Male menopause, known as andropause, is when men, just like women, experience a decline in their hormones and begin to notice changes in their body and personality.
Perhaps you look in the mirror and see someone you don’t recognize. You may have a few gray hairs, resemble more of your own father and are currently carrying around an inner tube of belly fat. Where have the years gone? What is happening? Most importantly, where did you go?
You take a deeper dive into the way you’ve been feeling lately. You’ve been incredibly fatigued and have barely enough energy to make it through the work day without a nap. It doesn’t matter how much you exercise or don’t eat, you can’t lose weight. You’ve been strongly considering that little blue pill you’ve seen advertised on TV. And on top of all this, you’re irritable and grumpy (to say the least) these days. Your career is taking a slow nosedive and you’re beginning to wonder if now is the time to just throw in the towel and retire altogether.
Before you give up hope, I want you to know that, first, you are not alone. Over 40% of men over the age of 45 will experience these same thoughts, feelings and uncomfortable symptoms at some point at mid-life. While these symptoms are common, they do not have to be a way of life.
What if I told you that you could one day have the same energy and libido you had in your twenties? How would you feel if you lost a few pounds and started to see positive changes in your body composition? Would your relationships improve if you were in a better mood? Would your marriage get better if your libido was as good as your wife’s?
The answer is simple and lies in balancing your hormones.
As we age, our body’s naturally producing hormones decline so we must replenish what is not depleted. Think of it as gas in a gas tank. When your car is low in gas, you fill it up with more gas. When your hormones are low, you replenish them with bio-identical hormones.
In men, a deficiency of testosterone is the main cause of these symptoms.
Below are the most common symptoms associated with andropause:
- Lack of drive and initiative
- Difficulty making decisions
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Weight gain or inability to lose weight
- Low self-confidence
- Poor moods
- Stress, anxiety and depression
- Decreased muscle mass
- Poor sleep
- Gynecomastia (man boobs)
- Memory loss
If you’re like any other man, you’ve probably gone to your general practitioner and have asked him if your hormones could be the reason you don’t feel like you these days. Like anyone else, they draw your blood, send it off to be tested only to report back that “your levels are in the normal range”. Well guess what? Your normal may not be the same as someone else’s normal that was established when the “normal ranges of testosterone” were established. This is why it is so important to combine lab test results and clinical symptoms when it comes to diagnosing my patients with low testosterone and this is exactly what I do in my practice when a gentlemen presents to me with all of these symptoms.
Testosterone therapy is the number one treatment for andropause and has reached new heights these days as far as safety and effectiveness. Pellet therapy is the number one sought-after method of bio-identical testosterone replacement in men, as it mimics the natural secretion process of testosterone. Pellet therapy also delivers a steady dose of testosterone over the course of several months, which eliminates the hassle of daily supplementation.
Other factors that may contribute to andropause are:
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Gut health
- Toxin overload
- Use of prescription and non-prescription drugs
- Lack of exercise
- Certain medical conditions, such as testicular and/or prostate cancer
If you suffer from any of the symptoms I have listed, I strongly encourage you to take my complimentary online assessment to see if low testosterone may the cause of your andropause symptoms. Click here to test your symptoms today and get information on how you can take action today to optimize your health and improve your life naturally.