Males undergo menopause too. Hormones in both sexes decline from their early 20’s on. In many women this happens in their 40s or 50s with the syndrome known as menopause. Technically the menopause is the precise time a woman stops having her periods. Symptoms in women often start years earlier and this has become known as the peri-menapause and is associated with a gradual decline in women’s’ sex hormone levels.
Men have no specific marker such as stopping periods in women to detect they are in menopause. But their hormones decline from the early to mid twenties. At some point, usually in the early – mid forties this hormonal decline becomes apparent with physical and mental changes occurring. Some of these changes are:
These changes have an enormous impact on men’s lives. Their relationships change. Executives lose their aggressive competitive edge and are replaced by younger men. Their interests decline or change. In short they grow old!
What we need to aim for in the treatment of Andropause is a restoration of free testosterone to the normal range for YOUNG MEN, or to keep your free testosterone in the upper third of the range for your age group.
Testosterone is a member of a group of hormones called anabolic steroids. It plays an important role in the formation of muscle and bone.
Testosterone vitalizes all the bodily tissues by improving oxygen uptake. It helps to control blood sugar, regulate cholesterol and a healthy heart, and maintain a powerful immune system. It helps to enhance visual and perceptual skills, and improve mood and energy levels.
Testosterone stimulates the body’s development of masculine physical features, such as hair growth, and is a vital factor in enhancing libido and prostate health.