MALE MENOPAUSE … WOULD IT HELP TO CALL IT ANDROPAUSE?
“IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU CALL IT. I DON’T WANT IT.”
Every man wants to live life to the fullest, but life’s “halfway stage” can see a significant number of them entering a phase called male menopause. Male menopause has been called many things, and if we’re going to get real about it, an abundance of words that are limited to 4 letters. But male menopause is really just the more common name for “andropause”. Still doesn’t sound great, right? “Andras” in Greek means human male and “pause” in Greek a cessation. So literally “andropause” is defined as a syndrome associated with a decrease in sexual satisfaction or a decline in a feeling of general well-being with low levels of testosterone in men as they age.
FORTUNATELY, MALE MENOPAUSE ISN’T LIKE FEMALE MENOPAUSE
“THAT’S SUPPOSED TO MAKE ME FEEL BETTER?”
Well, somewhat. Andropause differs from female menopause in several ways. For one thing, not all men experience it. For another, it doesn’t involve a complete shutdown of your reproductive organs. In women, ovulation ends and hormone production plummets during a relatively short period of time. This is known as female menopause: the “change” which some men would refer to as “mentalpause”. Andropause can cause men to go through their own “change”, but the consequences aren’t as clear.
IT’S ABOUT MORE THAN JUST SEX AND YOUR MAN PARTS
“REALLY? COULD IT BE ANY WORSE THAN THAT?”
Testosterone, which is produced in the testes, is usually thought of as the powerhouse hormone that makes men, men. According to the Mayo Clinic, most men’s testosterone levels peak in adolescence and early adulthood. In their 30’s or 40’s (and sometimes even younger), those levels tend to decline by about 1 percent per year. By age 70, your testosterone level might reach closer to 50 percent of your peak level. Regrettably, this process can cause a lilt in your libido and the ability to “lift-off” when it comes to sex. So yes, it’s about sex. But more important to know, is that it’s more.
LET’S TALK SEX, FIRST “YES, LET’S”.
OK, we’ll get right to it. The sexual side effects of andropause include:
- Loss of libido
- Less strong erections
- Decreased spontaneous erections
- Ejaculatory issues
- Erectile dysfunction
- Testicular shrinkage
But settle down. It doesn’t happen to everyone. And all of it doesn’t happen to one man. Also, the severity of these issues varies from man to man. It’s not all bad. By a long shot. You should just be informed.
THEN THERE’S YOUR PSYCHE. (OH, AND THE REST OF YOUR BODY)
“ENOUGH ALREADY. YOU’RE KILLING ME…”
We’ll assure you again; you should just be informed.
In some cases, depression may be the first symptom of andropause that you notice. Feelings of unexplained sadness or anxiety. In fact, some men go to psychiatrists first, when it might be that they need to get their hormone levels checked first. Low testosterone can also cause:
- Reduced muscle mass and weakness
- Low energy
- Low bone density (yep, osteoporosis)
- Height loss
- Increased body fat
- Decreased motivation
And here’s a flash; hot flashes and night sweats
BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO THERE…
“SO WHERE DO I GO?” WHERE CAN I GET THE HELP I NEED?”
That part’s easy; Denver Hormone Health. The hormone professionals at DHH know hormones inside and out. Every hormone. Including testosterone. They have years of experience treating men as they wander unknowingly through the maze of male menopause. It can be somewhat uncomfortable to some men to talk to their doctors about the sex stuff. But the experts at DHH will put you right at ease. They listen. Ask questions. Encourage you to ask questions about anything and everything. Then they test your testosterone levels to pinpoint what’s going on. Are you really going through andropause, or could it be some other medical issue? If it is andropause, they create a treatment plan to balance your testosterone with safe, natural bioidentical hormones. Which they’ll also discuss in every detail. Put the balance back in your life. Call Denver Hormone Health for an appointment now.