July 17, 2019
What Is Andropause?
Hormonal changes with age are natural, and not just reserved for women; even though most people think of menopause as only affecting females, that’s not the case.
While men don’t experience menopause, they do have a similar stage in life, known as andropause. Haven’t heard of it? We’re not surprised.
Men tend to experience less rapid and severe symptoms during this hormonal change than women do leading many men do not speak about it or even recognize it.
Even if you are fortunate enough to go largely symptom-free untreated hormonal imbalances can have serious consequences.
Today, we want to breakdown what andropause is, what to expect, and steps to take to minimize effects.
Andropause has many names, like Testosterone Deficiency, ADAM, Low-T, and even Male Menopause.
However you want to call it, it isn’t that similar to menopause, no well-defined period occurs but rather a decline in testosterone begins and often leads to symptoms, like:
- Sexual Dysfunction
These symptoms just scratch the surface of what’s possible, but you can see a longer list here. While the typical age of testosterone decline can fall anywhere between 40-60, men as young as 30 can experience symptoms.
Andropause is a slower process and requires a physical exam and bloodwork to be done to diagnose lowering testosterone levels.
Bloodwork will look for identifying markers, such as androgens, which both men and women produce and are key for producing testosterone and estrogen.
Androgens are the jumping off point for puberty and fuel reproductive development, muscle mass, libido, and much more.
What Causes the Decline?
Lower testosterone levels as men age are natural, but other contributing factors may be obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, alcoholism, or long-term use of opioid medications.
If you can’t resonate with any of these causes, sometimes the most simple answer is hormonal imbalance.
While you can’t avoid this natural process, there are certain things you can do to make improvements and live more comfortably.
1. Lifestyle Changes
Ditching your unhealthy eating habits, increasing exercise and time outside, as well as making restful sleep a priority are all important and healthy lifestyle choices you should ascribe to.
Try implementing small changes at first and as they stick work on bigger changes!
2. Hormone Therapy
Everybody is unique and the type of treatment yours needs and will respond to is likely different from others.
You’ll want an experienced hormone treatment plan and doctor to guide you through the best option for you.
When you come to EVEXIAS Medical Centers, you can ensure that we’ll uncover the root cause of your health issue and get you set up with the right treatment, like BHRT with pellets.
Whether taken by a hormone treatment or alone, supplements can have huge benefits for your wellbeing and restoring testosterone levels.
With that being said it’s important to remember that your needs will greatly differ from others and consulting a doctor will be your best bet for choosing a solid supplement plan.
We Can Help
If you’re a man entering his 30s, you may want to start familiarizing yourself with your body.
Pay attention to how you feel throughout the day, if there are any physical or behavioral changes and consult a healthcare provider.
You can schedule your completely confidential consultation with the EVEXIAS team today! Book online today!