Andropause - The Male Menopause


Andropause, also known as the male menopause or "MANopause", is the result of a gradual drop in testosterone. In many cases, bioidentical hormones can be part of the solution. Symptoms of low testosterone manifest in a number of ways including physical, emotional, psychological and behavioral changes. Men frequently notice male menopause symptoms as a gradual loss of energy, muscle, mental focus, stamina and libido. Experts directly relate low testosterone to causes of low sex drive. Although a decline in hormone levels will occur in virtually all men with age, there is no way of predicting whose male menopause symptoms will reach the severity of seeking medical help.

Top 10 Signs of Andropause - the male menopause:

  • Irritability
  • Sleep problems
  • Diminished libido
  • Erectile problems
  • Muscle loss
  • Weight gain
  • Memory loss
  • Thinning hair
  • Decreased bone density
  • Depression

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Statistics on Andropause: The Male Menopause

Suffering from symptoms of low testosterone? According to the US Census Bureau, approximately 4 -5 million men have low testosterone levels and only 5-10 percent of them will seek treatment.

According to the US Census Bureau, approximately 4-5 million men have symptoms of low testosterone levels and only 5-10% of these men will seek treatment.

A recent World Health Organization (WHO) report stated "male androgens progressively decline with age." The report analyzed male hormones and found that the testosterone level in most 70 year old men was 10 percent of the level in males that are 25 years old. By the time men are between the ages of 40 and 55, they can experience symptoms similar to female menopause, which in men is known as the male menopause or andropause. The symptoms of andropause include changes in body mass, resulting in less muscle and more fat, changes in attitudes and moods, fatigue, a loss of energy and sex drive, as well as physical agility.

Male menopause symptoms are also associated with stress levels, nutrition quality, fitness routine and the environmental toxins the body is exposed to on a daily basis.

Treating Andropause, the male menopause

Dr. Rohde uses only natural bioidentical hormones, hormones, which are identical to the body's own chemistry, integrated with nutrition and fitness programs. Bioidentical hormone therapy provides a natural treatment that helps men suffering the from male menopause symptoms and allows them to live the best life possible.

Your individualized treatment plan may include a combination of creams, nutritional supplements, and our Isagenix weight loss program.

Andropause Exams and Tests for Men

To determine your hormonal needs, Dr. Rohde will thoroughly evaluate your symptoms using state-of-the-art diagnostics including saliva, blood, and/or stool and urine labs to determine your hormone levels and your unique bioidentical hormone needs. After starting bioidentical hormone therapy Dr. Rohde monitors and reevaluates your hormone levels to insure that they are maintained within optimum balance.

Which hormones and levels do we test?

Testicular Hormones - What makes you a man
     •  Testosterone - The total amount in your system, including how much is actively available to your body
     •  Dihydrotestosterone - The total amount of used testosterone in your body
     •  Estrogen - To make sure it’s not too high
     •  PSA - Prostate specific antigen – your prostate health
Adrenal Hormones - Your immune system, your energy level, and your ability to handle stress

     •  Cortisol – the stress hormone
     •  DHEA – the “mother of all hormones”

Thyroid Hormones - Your metabolism

     •  TSH – Thyroid Stimulating Hormone

Your Body's System
     •  Prolactin and Luteinizing hormone
     •  Complete blood count, complete metabolic profile, Hemoglobin A1C, Insulin and Lipid Panel
     •  Zinc and Vitamin D
Other Tests - Dr. Rohde may suggest other tests for you depending on your consultation.

Treating Male Hormone Imbalance

In treating a man with a hormonal imbalance including male menopause symptoms, Dr. Rohde replaces exactly what is missing or low with the body's appropriate bioidentical hormones.

Treatment Options

Testosterone can be replaced in multiple ways by use of injection, creams, or taken orally. We will closely monitor every patient, evaluating symptoms and using laboratory tests to determine and then fine tune each patient's customized dose. We order only from the finest and most reputable compounding pharmacies to obtain the exact combination of hormones required to achieve your hormonal balance.

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