- Male menopause is the more common term for andropause. It describes age-related changes in male hormone levels. The same group of symptoms is also known as testosterone deficiency, androgen deficiency, and late-onset hypogonadism.
- Unlike the female menopause, it does not involve a complete shutdown of reproductive organs and therefore testosterone levels do not plummet.
- A man’s testosterone level declines 1% a year from the age of 30. Men have very differing levels of testosterone and deficiency symptoms can present at any time with a wide range of symptoms.
Symptoms may include:
Such as depressed mood, anxiety, irritability, low energy, decreased motivation, poor concentration and disrupted sleep.
Such as weight gain, increased body fat, reduced muscle mass and feelings of weakness, gynaecomastia (development of breast tissue), loss of body hair, hot flushes, decrease in testicle size, decreased bone density, erectile dysfunction, reduced libido and infertility.
- Testosterone Replacement therapy tailored to the individual to manage symptoms and optimise health.
- Address lifestyle, diet and exercise.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy if indicated.
- Antidepressants if indicated.
Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy:
- Increases muscle mass, strength, endurance and stamina.
- Improves libido and sexual performance.
- Protects against cardiovascular disease, decreases the risk of hypertension (high BP).
- Decreases body fat, increases lean muscle mass.
- Helps cognitive function and memory.
- Lowers insulin resistance and protects against diabetes.
- Testosterone is contraindicated in active prostate cancer but can be used after treatment for prostate cancer.
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