Commonly referred to as “male menopause”, andropause is a decline in a man’s testosterone levels that is most commonly noticeable as a man reaches his 40s. Bioidentical hormones, a form of hormone replacement therapy, is a hormone treatment aimed at men with this symptomatic hypogonadism.
Testosterone is produced in the testicles, and output of this hormone peaks in a man’s mid-twenties. As a man ages, the cells in the testicles begin to secrete less testosterone, a process that is also affected by factors such as stress, alcohol and medication. As well as reduced energy levels, when a man has low levels of testosterone, he may experience a wide range of symptoms including a lowered libido (sex drive), erectile dysfunction, depression, weight gain, brain fog/poor concentration, persistent fatigue, short term memory loss and irritability. Low levels of testosterone in men are also associated with higher risks of heart attacks, strokes and even death, according to Wang C, et al ‘Low testosterone associated with obesity, and the metabolic syndrome contributes to sexual dysfunction and cardiovascular disease risk in men with type 2 diabetes’.
Bioidentical hormones therapy is deemed an effective way to address these symptoms, restoring a man to optimum hormonal health, and can have numerous benefits, such as increased libido and sexual function, increased energy, beneficial impact on bone density, heart health, muscle and strength. Furthermore, muscle aches are reported to have reduced and memories improved. Testosterone replacement therapy is a branch of the expanding field of bioidentical hormones therapy that can greatly enhance a patient’s quality of life. Like with all forms of bioidentical hormones replacement therapy, there may of course be side effects that must be investigated and discussed prior to the commencement of treatment. Continuous monitoring throughout the treatment plan is also advisable so as to ensure only the desired health benefits are delivered.
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