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Male Menopause (Andropause)

Andropause (Hypogonadism) is a condition that is linked with the decrease in testosterones. This is a natural aging process, studies have shown testosterone levels begin to deplete by 10% after every decade when a man reaches 30 years of age. Without treatment, serious health conditions such as osteoporosis can develop.

Causes:

Depleting levels of testosterone due to aging. Sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) takes bioavailable testosterone from the blood and so the tissues that are stimulated by testosterones are no longer receiving testosterones and this can lead to mood swings or fatigue.

Diagnosis:

A blood test will be performed to check the level of testosterone in the blood.

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Low sex drive
  • Difficulties getting erections or having erections that are not as strong as usual
  • Lack of energy, loss of strength of muscle mass
  • Depression, irritability and mood swings
  • Increased body fat
  • Hot flashes

Treatment:

Replacing testosterone in blood by making use of different dosage forms such as skin patches, testosterone gel, capsules, and testosterone injections.

*Testosterone should not be given to man with prostate or breast cancer

Management:

There is no way to stop levels of testosterone from dropping as it is a natural aging process. The best way to manage andropause is to see a doctor and figure out which form of testosterone replacement therapy is the most suitable for the patient.

 

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