Male Menopause - Symptoms and Treatments

When males reach the age of late 40's or early 50's, they will somewhat experience a condition called the mid-life crisis. They tend to get depressed, tend to get conscious with their appearance and they tend to have little interest in sex. This condition known as Andropause (male menopause) is caused by low testosterone levels in men

The symptoms of andropause relates very closely to menopause. In response to the falling testosterone levels in the body, andropausal men will experience night sweats, and palpitations. Symptoms also include fatigue, depression, decreased sexual activity, and irritability. Surprisingly, this change has been always ignored and is considered as a normal phase in a man's life. It may be a normal thing, but it doesn’t mean that men should suffer greatly from this condition.

Researchers suggest that andropause is caused by excess alcohol intake, stress, overweight, vasectomy, lack of exercise and aging. Because of this, researchers have also begun to seek treatment methods to reduce the effects of andropause.

One solution to the problem is Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) also known as Androgen Replacement Therapy. This treatment aims to reduce the symptoms brought about by male menopause and showed promising results in effectively relieving symptoms of andropause. Adding to that, it also restores health, sex drive, and potency. It will also include a sense of renewed vitality and virility when it is given to the right patient, at the right time and at the right doses.

Testosterone replacement therapy is usually given as an oral prescription, implants, or injections.The injection of testosterone is usually carried out once every two weeks. The oral drugs are especially prescribed to those who can't stand injections or implants. The testosterone implants, which are being inserted under the skin of the buttock or abdomen work for a period of months. The implant works by releasing testosterone directly into the bloodstream.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy, however, comes with potential side effects and risks. With low testosterone levels, the prostate tends to shrink. Hormone replacement therapy cannot recover a physically reduced prostate since it does not have influence in the levels of prostate specific antigen.Androgen therapy may not be a cause of increased risk of prostate cancer for those who have naturally greater testosterone levels in the same age bracket.

On the other hand, the safety of hormone replacement therapy and its possible effects on the prostate, mental functioning, and cardiovascular system still need to undergo proper researches. Moreover, there is also a need to assess the probable benefits of androgen therapy on the bones and muscles. It is a known fact, however, that those with low testosterone levels have been found among heart attack victims. This opens the possibility that hormone replacement therapy could help prevent cardiovascular diseases.

When men who experience the mentioned symptoms and visits their doctor, the doctor will usually check for andropause by examining the following:

• Loss of hair in the armpits and axilla
• Low sex drive
• Erectile dysfunction or impotence
• Shrinkage of testicles
• Decreased muscle strength
• Depression
• Constant fatigue or tiredness
• Low sperm count
• Decreased bone density

Aside from the testosterone treatment, men should take the necessary steps in order to decrease the overall effects of andropause. The first step in treatment is to accept the condition. Once men accept the condition it will be easier for them to treat it.

The next step is to exercise, and teach them to control themselves by quitting smoking and not abuse alcohol. Since the body is changing while people age, men who are andropausal should also learn to relax and rest well. These are the things that men should do when they reach the andropausal phase in life regardless if they choose to undergo Testosterone Replacement Therapy or not.

To schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Shah, to see if Testosterone Replacement Therapy is right for you give our office a call at 772-419-9696.

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