Low testosterone is a very real, and very debilitating condition for men as they age.
I am sure you have heard of menopause, the group of symptoms that women experience as they age beyond their childbearing years, and their hormone levels drop.
But men also face the problem of declining hormone levels the older they get. As men lose testosterone, they suffer from a kind of “male menopause,” which may sometimes be called andropause, but today it is more often referred to as Low Testosterone, or Low-T.
Andropause shares the same root word “andro” for male, as the word “androgen,” which is the collective name of the male hormones. That is because most of the symptoms related to the onset of “andropause,” are caused by diminishing levels of testosterone, the most critical male hormone.
What We Know About The Causes of Low Testosterone
As a condition, andropause was first documented back in the 1940s, but it is only recently that it has been studied extensively. Today, we have learned a lot more about low-T, its symptoms, causes, and most importantly, the benefits of testosterone therapy.
Unlike women, the time when men enter “andropause” is not as clearly defined as it is in menopause.
Men it seems experience a gradual loss of testosterone over time, and start to experience the symptoms of Low-T progressively, beginning in your mid 40s and continuing through the late 50s, early 60s. These symptoms typically include:
- Loss of energy, or fatigue
- Weight gain and general weakness
- Mood changes and depression
- Sexual wellness issues
Male Hormones and Hormone Replacement
Testosterone is the key to male menopause because it is the most important “androgen” produced by your body. Testosterone is produced by the testes. In most men, peak production occurs around the age of 18.
Your testosterone levels will then level off, at or close to your peak levels in your 20s. Testosterone production starts to drop off as you enter your 30s and 40s. By the time you reach around 70, you will be producing and releasing half the amount of testosterone as you were in your peak years.
As your testosterone levels start to decline, you will begin to notice changes in your mood, weakness and a loss of vitality, a decreased desire to have sex, or decreased ability to perform sexually, and just an overall feeling of “not being at your best.”
Hormone Therapy and Low Testosterone
With all we have come to understand about low testosterone in recent years, we have also found some very effective ways to treat it. The most debilitating symptoms of Low-T, can all be reduced, and sometimes even reversed, with testosterone replacement therapy.
Testosterone therapy is a kind of hormone replacement therapy, also known as HRT. HRT in men has often been mistakenly confused with steroid abuse, or the use of illegal or dangerous performance enhancing drugs. That is a misconception. Testosterone therapy is one of the safest and most effective treatments available for the symptoms of low testosterone, when it is properly prescribed by a certified medical professional.
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Bioidentical Vs Synthetic Hormones
Bioidentical hormone therapy is often also referred to as “natural hormone therapy” because the sources are all-natural, and the bioidentical hormones are exact molecular copies of the testosterone produced by your body. Therefore, bioidentical hormones are more easily recognized, absorbed and used by your body than synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones are made to “appear” like natural hormones, or mimic their properties, but they are not exact matches on the molecular level, to the hormones normally produced by your body. As such, synthetic hormones may have more side effects, and are simply not as efficient for testosterone therapy as natural, or bio-identical hormones.
Bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy can be administered in pills, patches, or topical creams.
Who Should Provide Your Testosterone Therapy?
If you are suffering from the symptoms of low-T, know that you are not alone, and the medical community at large is finally taking the condition of low testosterone far more seriously. What that means is there are also many more doctors and facilities offering testosterone therapy. How do you choose the right practitioner?
As a certified physician who has been studying low testosterone, and developing treatments for years, I am very pleased to see how the medical community overall is now coming to understand the many positive benefits of testosterone therapy.
But, I remind men who find themselves dealing with the unfortunate effects of low-T, that there are a lot of inexperienced clinics offering testosterone therapy for men that are just trying to cash in on its growing popularity.
Testosterone therapy can help you get back in the game, but you should only receive your diagnosis and treatment from a skilled, experienced, and certified physician. Request an appointment today.
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