Andropause, or male menopause, is as widespread as female menopause. The good news? It’s treatable.
Andropause (Low T Syndrome), or male menopause, is not as frequently discussed as female menopause. Much attention has been focused on the symptoms, health risks, and treatment of female menopause. And rightfully so, as the symptoms can be downright miserable and the health risks associated with inadequate or unsafe treatment deadly. Yet, did you know that andropause (aka male menopause) is arguably as widespread, similarly symptomatic, and treatable as its female counterpart?
What is Andropause or Male Menopause?
Andropause is also known as Low T Syndrome, male menopause, hypogonadism, testosterone deficiency, and androgen deficiency in the aging male (ADAM). Simply put, Low T syndrome is an easily treatable medical condition that results from age-related decreased levels of circulating testosterone that begin around age 35 and worsen thereafter.
Low Testosterone (Low T Syndrome) Symptoms
One of the distinctive features of low testosterone, or Low T Syndrome, is decreased libido. But the ensuing loss of “mojo” associated with low testosterone goes far beyond one’s bedroom performance and extends into a man’s sense of self, his psyche, the quality of his relationship, and the quality of his life. Low testosterone syndrome is diagnosed by a combination of telltale symptoms and confirmatory laboratory studies.
In addition to decreased desire, other sexual symptoms of low testosterone include erectile dysfunction, difficulty achieving orgasm, reduced intensity of orgasm, and more.
While Low T syndrome (Andropause or male menopause) can can have a negative impact on intimate relations, its manifestations extend far beyond sexuality into other areas of well-being. Low testosterone can manifest in any of the following ways:
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Diminished motivation
- Depressed mood
- Foggy thinking / decreased memory
- Loss of vigor and sense of well-being
- Decreased muscle mass and strength
- Accumulation of body fat
- Increased cardiovascular risk profile
- Lowered bone density
- Mild anemia
Low Testosterone (Male Menopause/Andropause) Treatment
All too often, men with low testosterone symptoms are being seen by their physicians and told their symptoms are part of “normal aging” or treated with anti-depressants when what they need are a few simple blood tests and a boost of bioidentical natural testosterone treatment to bring them back to optimal physiologic and normal levels.
Treatment options for testosterone replacement range from twice monthly intra-muscular injections and gels to compounded creams. But we find the most appealing treatment option for men (and women) is the insertion of extended release bioidentical testosterone pellets, which have been customized to address the individual’s specific imbalances. The pellets are inserted under the skin of the buttock under a local anesthetic. Pellets are about the size of a grain of rice and maintain good testosterone levels for six months in men (three to four months in women). Re-insertion will then be required because the benefits of hormone replacement treatment are dependent on maintaining optimal hormonal levels.
More information about relieving low testosterone symptoms and optimizing your hormone levels is available through JumpstartMD’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Program.