Andropause, also referred to as Hypogonadism, Low Testosterone or Low T, is a condition which is characterized by the slow and steady decline of testosterone production. Some characterize Andropause as the “Male Version of Menopause”.
Testosterone is present in both males and females, but men produce up to ten times more testosterone than women. Testosterone is a primary hormone for men and is integral to male health throughout a man’s lifetime. Testosterone plays a role in puberty, male potency, libido and sexual function, as well as muscle mass and body fat percentages and distribution.
Testosterone also figures prominently in biological, sexual and general health, while influencing the body’s ability to produce sperm, cope with stress, maintain focus and concentration, bone density, blood cell production and immune system support. Thus, it’s easy to how Andropause and declining testosterone can contribute to health breakdowns as it progresses.
During Andropause, testosterone levels steadily decline, usually beginning as men age beyond their late 20’s. By the time men age into their 40’s, nearly 40% have declined to a point where symptoms become quite noticeable.
Statistics reflect that over 15 million men in the U.S. suffer from Andropause, but only 5-10% of these men seek treatment due to the fact that many men don’t realize that this problem is correctible.
Speed of Onset – Andropause vs. Menopause
Andropause and Menopause often differ in speed of onset. Andropause is characterized by a gradual decline of testosterone levels and hormonal imbalance in men while the hormonal changes that result with Menopause will often emerge more quickly and dramatically.
Domino Effect | Hormonal Imbalance
As Andropause leads to declining levels of low testosterone, it also affects the hormonal balance of other hormones in the body. This hormonal imbalance can create a cascading effect that results in multiple health problems.
Treating Andropause – Safely and Naturally
The medical practice of treating the hormonal imbalances associated with Andropause has reached new heights of safety and effectiveness over the years. The advent of bioidentical hormone replacement has enabled specialized physicians to treat low testosterone and other hormonal imbalances with great success, both safely and naturally.
As with any medical specialty, it is important to seek specialized expertise when considering low testosterone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. RenewFX Health and Wellness physicians are specifically focused upon bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
RenewFX associate physicians use sensitive, comprehensive lab testing; conduct complete examinations and evaluate each patient with focused detail towards proper assessment and design of a customized treatment plan. All treatment plans are carefully monitored with routine follow up and consistent communication to ensure that you receive the best medical care, during and after your visits to our offices.