As our bodies age, some processes slow or change with time. You may notice you have less energy or it’s harder to lose weight as you get older. This is a normal and natural occurrence. This is can largely be due to hormone production within the body slowing down. Women experience a significant drop in specific hormone production through menopause. Do men experience something similar? The answer is yes.
What Is Andropause?
Most men also experience a reduction in the production of hormones, specifically testosterone, as they get older. Known as Andropause, this process is a more gradual decline over many years instead of the more abrupt experience of menopause.
How Is It Different From Menopause?
It also differs from menopause in the way that not everyone experience andropause. Because of this variability, some doctors are hesitant to consider it the male equivalent to menopause. In most cases, andropause is caused by reduced testosterone production. With the wide range of testosterone levels among men, it’s hard to establish a true baseline that says “below this line is andropause.”
Monitor Your Own Levels
That being said, if you notice yourself experiencing a dip in what constitutes normal function for you, it might be a good idea to discuss with your doctor your concerns and potential options going forward. Sometimes symptoms are temporary and unrelated to testosterone production, and a doctor can run some tests to determine their origin.
What Are The Symptoms?
As testosterone levels differ from person to person, the severity of symptoms can vary just as much. More common symptoms include difficulty sleeping, reduced muscle mass, difficulty concentrating, and lowered labido. Other symptoms can range from feelings of depression and decreased motivation to decreased bone density and erectile dysfunction.
As with menopause, men experiencing andropause can be subjected to loss of body hair, hot flashes, and swollen and tender breast tissue.
You’re Not Alone
It is important to remember that while these symptoms can be embarrassing and unpleasant, they’re not unusual and a normal part of aging for many men. Identifying your concerns early with a professional is key to reducing symptoms quickly and maintaining your hormonal balance.
Is There Treatment Available?
Just like with menopause, it is possible to reduce symptoms by making lifestyle changes in diet and exercise. Many doctors may also prescribe medications to combat specific symptoms, such as antidepressants. In many cases, these symptoms can be combated as a whole using hormone replacement therapy.
Consulting A Professional
Working with your hormone professional or doctor can help determine your specific needs and if your symptoms are caused by andropause or by another condition.
Renewed Vitality Can Help
If you are looking into whether hormone replacement therapy might be right for you, Renewed Vitality is here to help. Our trained experts specialize in helping identify the cause of hormonal imbalances and can recommend specific courses of action as well as treatments tailored for your unique situation. Contact us for more information and a consultation today.