Andropause and Testosterone Replacement
Male menopause, or andropause, is becoming more widely recognized and accepted by physicians for the changes many middle-aged men experience. It is a slow decline in the production of testosterone in men. Most men see testosterone levels drop as they age, but describe symptoms with this condition. These symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Energy loss
- Loss of libido
- Sexual dysfunction
- Decreased bone density
- Weight gain
- Loss of muscle mass
Testosterone Replacement is a popular topic amongst men. With TV ads and magazine articles on testosterone replacement, men have become curious about their own state of hormonal health.
What are the risks of Testosterone Replacement?
Men considering testosterone replacement therapy should consider the risks:
- could increase the risk of prostate cancer
- the risk of stroke
- increase in liver toxicity
- breast development
- reduction in sperm production
What are my options for testosterone replacement?
Men should get their level checked and if under 300 they may be a candidate. They should also get a baseline PSA followed by another level 8 weeks after starting treatment. Treatment options are:
- bio-identical pellets under the skin
We strongly recommend a medical evaluation and discussion before starting any therapy.