Hormones are just as important for men as they are for women. In fact, both men and women produce the same hormones, only in different amounts.
Andropause, the male equivalent of menopause, has begun to attract more attention from the media and medical community in recent years. Men entering middle age may report a loss of ‘joy of life’ – many start to question their lives, their relationships and their work.
Andropause, also known as the “male menopause”, occurs as hormone levels, particularly testosterone, decline with age. This happens naturally in men from age 30 onwards with some men become symptomatic when their testosterone levels fall below a critical level. This level differs for each man, so it is important to pay close attention to changes in behaviour and physical symptoms.
What Are The Symptoms of Andropause?
Common symptoms of andropause can include:
- Tiredness, fatigue, or “burnout syndrome’ (decreased drive and ambition)
- Decreased strength and lean body mass
- Poor sleep patterns
- Diminished libido
- Memory loss
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased morning erections and decreased erection strength
Possible Treatments for Andropause?
If a hormonal imbalance is diagnosed, a treatment plan of bio-identical DHEA, with or without Testesterone is used. Frequently, men will also use Chrysin to optimize their treatment plan. When this is done successfully our patients achieve positive mood, increased energy and reduced symptoms.