Men, like women, experience an age-related “change of life.” Men also suffer with fluctuating hormone levels and testosterone deficiencies that lead to the physical and mental changes. This condition is called andropause or male menopause. While men don’t experience menopause in the same way that women do – with sudden symptoms like hot flashes and drastic mood swings – they do experience symptoms that significantly impact their vitality and virility. After 30 men begin to lose their edge. What most men don’t realize is that this means your testosterone is falling off and will keep on falling unless you do something about it. So, whether it’s a matter of losing your edge or losing your libido and joy of sex, it may be time for you to look into an evaluation of your hormones. You’ve probably heard of Low T, but it’s more than that. At Regenevéda, we specialize in hormonal programs that will help you regain your youthful vitality and function.
Common Symptoms Of Andropause
- Body fat gain, particularly abdominal
- Loss of lean muscle tissue
- Bone loss
- Hair loss
- Wrinkling and drying of skin
- Decreased libido
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Aches and pains
- Poor sleep quality, insomnia
- Nervousness, anxiety, irritability
Testosterone Deficiency Therapy
Men often attribute these symptoms work-related stress or financial pressures at home. However, andropause is a medical condition and treatment, as part of hormone replacement therapy, is available. We begin your treatment with a thorough examination and diagnostic tests to rule out underlying conditions or disease that might cause a significant drop in testosterone levels. After analyzing your results, Dr. Lobe will consult with you about the potential benefits and risks involved with testosterone hormone therapy. Dr. Lobe may prescribe injections of a synthetic bio-identical hormone. By restoring testosterone to youthful levels, you may notice increased libido and erectile function, improved mood and memory, amplified muscle mass, and an overall better quality of life.
One of the common effects of male menopause is erectile dysfunction. Although it tends to occur more frequently in men over 40 years of age, it can affect men of all ages. In mid-1992, “The Massachusetts Male Aging Study (MMAS),” the world’s largest ED study, concluded that 52% of all men between the ages of 40 and 70 have some degree of ED. At least one in ten men cannot achieve an erection at all (complete ED).The majority of cases of erectile dysfunction are physical in nature. The prevalence of ED increases with age affecting 39% of men at age 40 and 67% of men at age 70.
How Should Erectile Dysfunction Be Treated?
For many practitioners, a pharmacological agent such as ED pills is first line of therapy. At Regenevéda, the therapeutic goal is two-fold:
• Short-term goal: achieve safe and reliable erections when needed using a localized form of treatment, if possible, to avoid systemic complications.
• Long-term goal: improve a man’s own erectile function by improving penile circulation and elasticity.
Available treatments include:
- Oral medications
- Injection therapy (ICP)
- Vacuum suction devices
- Hormone replacement Therapy