Andropause

Andropause Treatment

Sometimes referred to as male menopause, andropause is a dramatic reduction in testosterone production that may occur in middle aged men.

The term male menopause is a bit misleading. While the onset of menopause in women can be quite sudden, men can start losing their testosterone as early as the age of 35. This gradual reduction means that the resulting symptoms of andropause can slowly build with time.

Andropause Symptoms and Causes

Some of the most common symptoms associated with Andropause include:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Decreased libido
  • Night sweats
  • Limited ability to concentrate or stay focused
  • Erectile dysfunction

It is still uncertain if these conditions are directly caused by low testosterone or if decreased production is simply a result of preexisting conditions. Doctors do believe that the factors are linked. For example, erectile dysfunction is usually the result of restricted arteries, but the condition is almost always accompanied by decreased levels of testosterone. 

Many men who are in good health otherwise can suffer from low testosterone.

Treating Andropause

The most obvious therapy for treating the loss of testosterone levels is to increase them again through Testosterone Replacement Therapy or Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). This increase can be received through a variety of methods. Some of them include:

  • Injection into the muscle
  • Transdermal
  • Creams or gels that are absorbed into the skin
  • BioTE BHRT pellet therapy

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Tracie Leonhardt, DO

Tracie Leonhardt, DO

Dr. Tracie Leonhardt grew up as a member of the local community and is a graduate of Largo High School. She graduated from Southeastern University (now known as...

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