While the number of men seeking testosterone treatment has tripled over the past decade, many patients who need hormone replacement for a testosterone deficiency are not receiving it. When low T occurs because of poor functioning testes or a tumor on the pituitary gland, for example, the result may be hypogonadism.
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Andropause, also known as male menopause, is attributed to a decrease in testosterone levels in men. The signs of andropause start appearing from the age of 40-55. Let’s look at some common ones.
Here are five solutions for five symptoms common to midlife women. (Remember, you should always discuss any concerns you have with your healthcare provider first. There may be other treatments or potentially harmful side effects. Together, you can decide which options are best for you.)
TRT is not something that I purposely chose, rather it chose me. I thought it was a fun topic to read about but I didn’t expect to take it seriously until at least my mid-30s. Life often has a different way of throwing us curveballs.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can help mitigate many of the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, mild incontinence, and mood swings. HRT can also boost your libido and improve sleep, aside from reducing your risk of fractures from osteoporosis and offering cardiovascular support. These are just a few reasons why many women consider this treatment, in spite of its possible side effects.
What is andropause? Many people are unfamiliar with this term, but you may be familiar with the phrase male menopause. So the easy answer to the question, what is andropause? is to say it’s male menopause. However, you also will hear male menopause referred to as “low T,” with “T” meaning testosterone.
At the follow-up appointments, all of these women reacted the same way, Povar recalls. “They walked in beaming, absolutely beaming, saying, ‘I can’t believe I didn’t do this a year ago. My life! I’ve got my life back.’ ”
Andropause, the male menopause, low T—regardless of name, the condition is characterized by a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including hot flashes in men, erectile dysfunction, low libido, irritability, muscle loss, and fatigue that are the result of low levels of testosterone. For men, testosterone production gradually decreases across the lifespan.
What's the current wisdom on treating menopause and its symptoms with hormones?
The hormone testosterone is the foundation of what makes a man, a man. Produced naturally within the body, testosterone affects a man’s physical appearance, their sex drive, sexual development, and muscle and bone growth.