What is Andropause, Exactly?
There are a lot of questions surrounding andropause. Some refer to andropause as “male menopause,” however andropause and menopause are two different situations. Female menopause signifies the end of a woman’s ovulation and fertility. This is not the case in men, who can remain fertile their entire lives. In women, menopause means a fast, significant drop in hormones. This change is much more gradual in men.
Andropause is best described as decreasing testosterone levels due to aging. As mentioned, this decrease is very gradual so symptoms are usually not as severe as those experienced by menopausal women. Some symptoms can include decreased sexual function (erectile dysfunction), decreased energy level, loss of muscle mass, thinning skin, and mood shifts. These symptoms might go unnoticed for years.
Understanding Hormone Deficiencies
Male hormones are called androgens. Testosterone is the primary male hormone and levels vary greatly between each individual. In most cases, younger men have higher testosterone levels than older men. A recent World Health Organization report analyzed male hormones and found that the testosterone levels in most 70-year-old men were only 10% of the levels in males that were 25 years old.
Testosterone helps to maintain a man’s muscle strength and mass, sex drive, sperm production, bone density, fat distribution, and even red blood cell production. That’s why when men have a testosterone deficiency, they will experience the symptoms of andropause.
These symptoms can begin to show up between the ages of 40 and 55. Studies have shown that a decline in testosterone can actually put men at risk for other health problems like heart disease and weak bones. It’s important for men to understand the symptoms they may be experiencing. Too often, they will chalk it up to a “mid-life” crisis. However, these changes are happening internally and aren’t related to external, controllable conditions.
Optimizing Hormones & Testosterone Replacement Therapy
At New Era Health Group we understand how to detect and treat andropausal symptoms. Hormone deficiencies require a multi-faceted treatment approach that is specific to each individual.
Our main focus is testosterone replacement therapy. There are several artificial androgens and the replacement is via patch, tablet, pill, cream or gel. It can also involve depot injections given into fat or muscle. At New Era, we offer many different facets of testosterone therapy. Each treatment is based on an individual’s specific needs and goals, whether it’s increased sexual drive, more energy, increased muscle strength, or sharpened memory.
Alongside testosterone replacement therapy, we also offer a full-range of other programs that focus health, fitness, and life balance. These therapies are designed to achieve a healthier “you” by increasing performance, stamina, libido, and energy. Exercise and a proper diet have been proven to reduce some symptoms of andropause, so our structured programs include nutrition and exercise plans.
During a time when many men are experiencing anxiety about getting older and losing their vitality, our goal is to offer patients hope and excitement about a “new era” of their lives.