Andropause, also called “male menopause”, is caused by a decline in testosterone production. Such a decline is part of the natural aging process in men. Some researchers estimate that testosterone production declines by 10 percent every decade after men have reached the age of 30.
While andropause is more gradual than menopause, about 30 percent of men in their fifties will have symptoms of the condition. Common symptoms of andropause include fatigue, decreased muscle mass, decreased libido, erectile dysfunction and depression. Andropause can also increase the risk of developing heart disease and osteoporosis. The latter condition means that aging men become more susceptible to fractures.
While some men are fortunate enough to sail through this time of transition with flying colors, other men may feel like their entire life has been turned upside down. For men suffering from symptoms of andropause, it is a good idea to know about hormone therapy and how it works.
How is Andropause Treated?
Hormone replacement therapy is by far the most common method for treating andropause. At Zhoy Vitality Center, our doctor can use several different methods to replace the patient’s testosterone. The patient may also be advised to improve their dietary and exercise habits, for good health and a normal weight will also help ameliorate the symptoms of andropause.
Bioidentical hormones can be received in a variety of different ways. They can be readily absorbed through the skin in forms of creams or patches. Creams may be applied to the arms. Skin patches can be applied to the patient’s back, thighs, abdomen or upper arms. The skin patch releases a steady dose of the natural ingredients into the patient’s bloodstream.
What Are the Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
The results of this treatment can vary from patient to patient, but many men have reported improvements in their energy level, sex drive and function. Many others have reported improvements in mood, although this effect can vary in its intensity. Hormone replacement therapy can also increase bone density and muscle mass in many patients.
Schedule Your Consultation to Learn More Today
To get all the facts about the benefits of hormone therapy for andropause, come in for a consultation at Zhoy Vitality Center in Wesley Chapel. We will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have as we determine if bioidentical hormone replacement is right for you. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment to learn more.