Andropause: The Male Menopause or manopause, results from a gradual drop in testosterone, which is an androgen, thus giving the condition its name andropause.
As men grow older, it is natural for levels of testosterone to gradually decrease. Testosterone peaks in most men during their 20’s. Once in their early 30’s the hormone-producing cell wane, and testosterone is lost at a rate of 1-2% a year. Approximately 4-5 million men have symptoms of low testosterone levels and only 5-10% will seek help.
Andropause can make life feel like an uphill battle everyday.
Our bodies age because our hormone levels decrease over time. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is the science of replenishing and optimizing hormone deficiencies that occur in menopause and andropause (male menopause).
Balancing hormones is equivalent to finding the fountain of youth. We are able to “turn back the hands of time”, thus making you feel more vibrant, look younger and to enjoy life as you did when you were younger.
Bioidentical hormones are exact replicas of the hormones that our bodies naturally produce; matching the body’s natural hormones molecule for molecule and thus produce no undesirable side effects. These hormones come in various forms, including, under the tongue tablets, creams, gels and under the skin pellets.
Hormone Replacement Therapy is based on the review of a comprehensive blood hormone test to determine which hormones are low and need restoring to an optimal level. Once the blood results are back, the patient and the doctor will have a conference and decide what is the best direction to proceed.
Hormones can be administered by injection, creams, gels, sublingual or under the tongue tablets, or even small pellets that are implanted under the skin and can last from 4-5 months.
Testosterone is the principle male hormone, appearing in quantities 8 times as high as in women. Optimal testosterone levels after puberty are essential for sexual activity and energy, muscle and bone mass growth; even preventing osteoporosis. Overall, testosterone is responsible for greater health, longer life, and general well-being.
Low testosterone can begin to be seen in men aged 40 and older, though it is not uncommon for it to begin early on in ones 30's. The levels then decline by 1-2% per year throughout life.
This is a gradual decline, so men often do not notice the symptoms and signs of andropause.
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