What Is Andropause (Also known As Male Menopause)?
Andropause occurs due to the steady reduction in testosterone as men age. Men also experience imbalances in their levels of thyroid, estrogen, DHEA, and cortisol during this time in life. All men will experience andropause—no man escapes it.
Most men begin feeling the effects of andropause when they’re between 35 and 40 years of age. Fatigue, loss of muscle mass, low sex drive, depression and night sweats are all symptoms of the hormone imbalance that comes with andropause.
Read on for more information on andropause, and about how Renew Man can help you to feel like yourself again.
Some Facts About Andropause
- Andropause is caused by a natural decline in hormones that starts when men are in their late 20s.
- Every man will experience andropause—most men will start to feel symptoms around the age of 35.
- With proper treatment, symptoms will be eliminated in 4-6 weeks after hormones are balanced.
- Male hormone replacement is very effective, and safe if done correctly. “Correctly” means that treatment is done under the supervision of a doctor who is experienced in male hormone treatment. It also means that your lifestyle includes a healthy diet, and sufficient physical activity.
- Proper hormone replacement therapy includes more than just testosterone. It involves making sure all of your hormones are balanced. While testosterone may be the “greater among equals” when it comes to male hormones, diagnosing and treating andropause correctly requires proper balancing of estrogen, thyroid, DHEA and cortisol, as well.
How Renew Man Can Help
Renew Man has a network of well-trained doctors across the country who are experts in the area of hormone replacement for men. Remember the energy, enthusiasm for life, and sex drive you had when you were 25 to 30 years of age? So long as you have good lifestyle habits (i.e. a healthy diet and sufficient physical activity), that’s how you can expect to feel once your hormones are balanced to healthy levels.
And you’re never too old for hormone replacement therapy. We work with men in their 80s who have found that they have a new lease on life post-treatment.
Why Don’t More Men Know About Andropause?
There are a few reasons:
- It has only been recently that andropause has received attention and recognition as a chronic illness by the medical establishment and the media.
- Men believe they shouldn’t need help being a man. It’s often difficult for men to admit that they need help.
- Men often don’t talk about such things…it isn’t considered manly. Unlike women (who might discuss menopause and related issues mother to daughter and friend to friend), men are less likely to talk about hormones–even though andropause is just as serious as menopause.
Our clients talk openly about their needs because we make it comfortable for them to do so; but most of them will admit to having had a difficult time making that first call to us. Male pride is often a man’s greatest strength, and his greatest weakness. Don’t let your sense of pride get in the way of getting the help you need.
The Technical Stuff About What Causes Andropause
The pituitary is a gland in the brain, and it acts like a hormone thermostat. As blood flows through the pituitary, it measures your hormone levels. As your pituitary senses that your body needs more of any given hormone, it releases a stimulating hormone into the blood stream. That stimulating hormone travels to its respective gland, signaling that gland to produce more hormone. For example, to stimulate the thyroid gland to produce more thyroid hormone, the pituitary will release TSH (or thyroid stimulating hormone). As levels of that hormone increase to appropriate levels, the pituitary shuts the stimulating hormone down. As the body ages, the pituitary will produce less and less stimulant. At the same time, as the body ages, glands become less and less sensitive to stimulating hormones. The result: hormone levels decline.
An interesting footnote to the above: research suggests that men are experiencing the symptoms of andropause at much younger ages in recent years. The going theory is that this trend is the result of the environmental toxins we’re all exposed to today, and that this exposure is causing premature slowing of the pituitary in much of the population.
How Does Andropause (Male Menopause) Affect Me?
- Quality of Life—Most men experiencing andropause feel that their quality of life is compromised overall. If you’re in andropause, you just don’t feel as good as you did when your hormones were at optimal levels. Your zest for life, your energy level, mental sharpness, muscle tone, desire and ability to perform sexually, etc., have noticeably decreased.
- Career—Most men also find that their careers suffer. Your ability to be productive at work is reduced, threatened, or just seems more difficult. Your ability to compete and reap the rewards of your efforts depends on your competitive drive, mental sharpness, energy, etc. To the extent these attributes are compromised, your professional success and your bottom line may be compromised.
- Family Life—Your kids, grandkids and partner can also be affected. The effects of male menopause on your life are not just yours. Andropause also affects those who you relate to, and those who depend on you, both at home and at work.
What Our Clients (And Their Families) Tell Us About Life After Treatment
- Our clients regularly tell us that their income is up anywhere from 5% to 25% once they’ve started treatment because they have the mental acuity and energy to maximize the results of their efforts and time.
- They tell us they’ve gained the mental acuity and energy to compete in the work place like they used to—the “young turks” cease to be a threat.
- Our prospective clients often tell us prior to beginning treatment that when they got home from work, they just wanted to eat dinner, and then head for the easy chair. After being balanced for 4-6 weeks, that all changes. The couch potato becomes an energetic husband and father again—“the grumpy man leaves the building.”
- Believe it or not, we even get calls from our clients’ wives from time-to-time. Prior to treatment, intimacy has often become a distant memory. Within 4-6 weeks of starting treatment, sex drive returns, and sexual performance improves. “Thank you for giving me my husband back”, or something similar, is a common refrain.
What Can I Do About My Male Andropause Symptoms?
The solution to your male menopause symptoms is male hormone therapy. If you’re enduring any of the symptoms outlined above, you can do something about it; and Renew Man can help. Your Renew Man doctor will assess your symptoms, and design an individualized treatment program just for you. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re in your 30s, 40s, or well into your 80s. With proper treatment, you can escape the suffering that comes from male menopause symptoms, and you can recapture your youthful vigor and stamina.
To learn more about the safe and convenient services we offer, please read our page on hormone treatment programs. Andropause treatment can provide a reprieve from a life sentence of fatigue, sexual dysfunction, stress, and chronic health problems.
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