The Struggle of Andropause and Low T
Most people, even men, are familiar with menopause, the time in women’s lives when hormone production begins to drop considerably. But did you know that men experience a similar phase of hormone decline? It’s true, and this time in a man’s life, typically around middle age, is known as andropause.
Some men are surprised to learn about andropause. While menopause is widely known by the general public, andropause is a lesser known condition. Why is that?
When women enter menopause, their menstrual cycle comes to an end and they are no longer able to become pregnant. Men do not experience the same drastic change to their bodies, which is why men are generally less aware of and prepared for andropause.
So, What Is Andropause?
Andropause is a period of time when a man begins producing far less testosterone than in his younger days. Testosterone is a vital for hormone important for many bodily processes, so drops in testosterone can produce some pretty severe symptoms. Symptoms of andropause begin to develop in a man’s 40s and 50s, although they can develop at any time. Jumnah Thanapathy, M.D. in Gilroy California specializes in helping men who are suffering from the effects of low testosterone.
Symptoms of Andropause
- Lack of Sexual Desire
- Fewer Erections
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Loss of Muscle Mass
- Increased Weight Gain
- Loss of Hair
- Causes of Andropause
Testosterone levels naturally begin to decline in men around the age of 30. Testosterone normally declines steadily at a rate of about 1% per year—this is true of both men and women. Because this decline is so small and gradual, most men will not notice any drastic changes and can continue living normally, staying active and enjoying healthy sex lives.
However, there are some factors that can cause additional stress on the body and endocrine system, lowering testosterone levels further and producing symptoms with increased severity. Like any hormone in our bodies, healthy testosterone production relies on a healthy lifestyle, which includes getting adequate sleep each night, exercising throughout the week, consuming a healthy diet and managing stress in a healthy manner.
Because of the on-the-go, always-plugged-in lifestyle that many of us live these days, our bodies often have a hard time keeping up with the demands that we place on them. In conjunction with the natural testosterone decline that we all experience, these added stressors can diminish testosterone levels even further, causing andropause to occur earlier or more severely. Talk to one of the BHRT specialists at South County Med Spa & Wellness Center in Gilroy California today to learn if low hormone levels are the root of your symptoms.
- How to Treat Andropause
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above and you believe your hormones are to blame, you deserve to know that there are solutions available and you owe it to yourself to pursue them.
Most health care practitioners will remind you that it is critical to live a healthy lifestyle, as described above. But even with your lifestyle in order, your body may not be producing enough testosterone for you to live a happy and healthy life. This is where options like Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, also known as BHRT, come in.
- Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Andropause
BHRT is a treatment option that supplements your body with the hormones that it should be producing but is not. Available in many forms, including patches, creams, pills and pellets, bioidentical hormones are naturally occurring hormones extracted from sources such as soy or yams that are chemically identical to the hormones produced in your own body.
Bioidentical hormones are a natural alternative to the synthetic hormones used in regular, non-identical hormone replacement therapy. For men suffering with andropause that want to level out their hormone decline and prevent erratic, potentially dangerous fluctuations of testosterone levels, BHRT may be just the solution needed.
- BHRT Specialists for Men's Health in Gilroy California
- BHRT specialist, Jumnah Thanapathy, M.D., is skilled in identifying low testosterone and other hormone imbalances that can help you overcome the symptoms of andropause. Jumnah Thanapathy, M.D. will begin by reviewing your medical history, as well as requesting tests so that they may observe your hormone levels and determine whether you are experiencing significant hormone imbalances or decline.
Getting older doesn’t have to mean feeling worse. Under one of the treatment plans at South County Med Spa & Wellness Center, you can reverse your symptoms and continue living your life the way you want to live it. Don’t be at the mercy of your hormones any longer. Take control of your body and speak with a BHRT practitioner at South County Med Spa & Wellness Center in Gilroy California about andropause and symptoms of low testosterone.