Bioidentical Hormones for Andropause ‘Male Menopause’
Las Vegas Andropause Doctor, Maribel Monroe, M.D. specializes in helping men to overcome the symptoms of male hormone decline with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Women suffering from Menopause, Perimenopause and the symptoms that follow these age-related hormonal imbalances are well documented and studied. However, there is very little information on the age-related hormonal imbalance, Andropause, also referred to as Male Menopause or Androgen Deficiency Aging Men, and the symptoms that are often experienced during this hormonal imbalance, that men can and do suffer from.
What we have learned is that as men age, their testosterone levels will begin to decline, usually around the age of 30, and then continue to steadily decline, until they reach their 40s and 50’s when they experience a dramatic drop.
Andropause describes an emotional and physical change that many men experience as they age. Although the symptoms are generally related to aging, they are also associated with significant hormonal alterations, including testosterone levels declining. Andropause is a natural subtle decline in hormones that happens as men age.
Testosterone is very important to men due to the fact that it is the hormone produced by the testicles and is responsible for the proper development of the male sexual characteristics, maintaining muscle bulk, adequate levels of red blood cells, bone density, sense of well-being, and sexual and reproductive function.
Andropause affects different men in different ways and to different degrees. Some men get one or two of the symptoms listed below, and may just notice the other andropause symptoms occurring minimally or not at all.
Decrease in Testosterone
Testosterone is the most significant hormone relating to men. A decrease usually occurs in men age 45-55 as a natural process of aging. This process is usually much more gradual than the process of menopause for women and may be harder to detect. An important distinction with the decreasing of testosterone relating to the testes is unique in that the testes don’t stop producing sperm. Women’s ovaries completely stop producing estrogen to produce eggs. In men the testosterone levels don’t completely run out or dry up, as sperm can be produced into the last years of one’s life.
Many men suffer from erectile dysfunction as they age or with increased stress, overwork, or certain prescription medications. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help men to restore sexual function and improve performance.
The drive and urge towards sexual activity is reduced due to the drop in testosterone, which is the hormone most responsible for giving men their male characteristics. There are specific foods that could be added to help with enhancing the libido thus increasing the testosterone levels naturally some of which are: salmon, almonds, avocados, bananas, asparagus, eggs and raw oysters.
Due to the decrease of Testosterone. Testosterone binds to muscle cells in order to help build muscle. This decrease in hormones causes a decrease in muscle mass and therefore it is easier to gain weight. In other words, as testosterone decreases, muscle mass decreases and fat mass increases. It is important to continue weight-bearing exercises to continue to build lean muscle mass, which will also help with preventing osteoporosis.
This is just a short list and description of the most common symptoms men often experience through Andropause. To determine if you have andropause, a blood test is necessary for measuring testosterone levels. While it’s true that decreased testosterone levels are a factor, other issues may weigh in.
There is no one “right” level of testosterone for all men. You and your doctor need to work together to establish the level that’s right for you. Then you can work together and decide on a course of treatment that will best help benefit YOU.
Benefits of Bioidentical Hormones in Men:
- Helps restore optimal hormonal balance to the body
- May help men regain vitality
- May help improve blood flow
- May help increase lean muscle mass and tone
- May help improve libido and sexual performance
- May more effectively treat hypogonadism
- May stimulate sperm production
- May help increase energy levels
- May help improve concentration and memory
- May help reduce Depression
- Nourishes all tissues of urinary and reproductive system
- May help protect against heart disease
- May improve skin elasticity
- Encourages bone growth and improves bone density
- Helps accelerate fat burning
- Helps improve natural sleep cycles
- Helps maintain muscle mass
Las Vegas Andropause Doctor, Maribel Monroe, M.D. has helped countless men to improve the symptoms of hormone decline with personalized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy protocols. Her customized programs are designed to meet individual needs and are based on thorough patient assessments. When developing a treatment plan, Doctor Monroe will consider her patients’ goals, primary concerns, and medical history. Many patients have regained their overall quality of life with Doctor Monroe’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy plans.
To learn more about obtaining a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy plan to improve the symptoms of andropause, contact Las Vegas Andropause Doctor, Maribel Monroe, M.D. today to schedule a consultation!