Andropause is the male equivalent of menopause in women. The levels of testosterone in a man begins to deminish around the age of 30. It continues to decline at varying rates throughout out life. As those levels drop the body begins to demonstrate symptoms of this loss of testosterone.
These symptoms can include:
- Low energy level or fatigue
- decreased sex drive
- loss of muscle mass
- weight gain
- poor sleep
- loss of bone density
- memory and concentration difficulties
- cholesterol abnormalities
It is estimated that at least 5 million men suffer from low testosterone in the United States alone. Yet only approximately 5-10% are aware and choose to seek treatment.
Testosterone replacement therapy is easy and effective. It is available in several different choices matching needs and comfort levels. It can be dosed by injection, weekly or biweekly, or by topical gel, cream or patch on a daily basis.
While their can be side effects to testosterone replacement, these are minimized by using the appropriate doses of medication individualized to the patient. This puts their testosterone level back at a physiologically appropriate level for the individual. Many of the common stigma associated with testosterone are born out of athletes using supraphysiologic doses. In other words, the athletes use large amounts of medication to get to very high levels. Anything in large enough doses can become detrimental to one’s health.