The Male Andropause: Treating Male Andropause with Bio-identical Hormone Pellet Therapy

Andropause, Low T/ Low Testosterone is the drop in testosterone experienced by men, otherwise known as male menopause. We hear about menopause in women, but the thought of male menopause may have you wondering. Andropause may be the reason for that mid-life crisis you are noticing. As men age, they begin to experience hormone changes just like women. Instead of changing estrogen, there are changes in testosterone. Unlike women, it does not have to be something connected strictly to age. There are other factors, like health problems, that may also cause these drops in testosterone. If you or someone you know is dealing with this condition, you should seek treatment.

Andropause is something  nearly all men experience but not always diagnosed. Andropause is different from menopause in that there are no specific specifications for it. When women go through menopause they have obvious signs; hot flashes, fatigue, weight gain, end of menstrual periods. Women may become moody or experience hair loss. Men have some changes, but they are not as drastic. You may notice men go through what we call a "midlife crisis". 

Testosterone

Testosterone is an important hormone found in both men and women. In women, it is in very low doses, but in men, it comes in high quantities. It is the hormone that pretty much makes a man a man. It gives them that aggressive nature. It assists in deepening their voice, and other characteristics. It also helps with sexual function. When testosterone levels drop, and drop drastically, it may lead to a chemical imbalance.  Symptoms include fatigue, low sex drive, depression, weight gain, and possible hair loss.  Some men may also experience hot flashes and irritability.

Risks

Some men may experience andropause sooner than others. If you do not exercise or eat properly, you are at risk of lowering your testosterone levels. Stress is also a risk factor. When you are under a lot of stress with work, family, and other things, you can throw your hormones out of balance. Stress releases hormones in the body that have a negative effect. The first signs of andropause can begin in your early 40's. It typically does not happen all of a sudden. If you are noticing changes, the next step is to see a physician.

Diagnosis

When experiencing andropause, a physical examination and blood work is the next key to diagnosing andropause. Testing for other things like diabetes and thyroid issues is necessary. Both blood work and a physical examination help rule out other conditions. Sometimes these symptoms may be a result of other disorders. If all the other test come back normal and your blood shows low testosterone, you are more than likely experiencing andropause.

Treatment

The most common form of treatment is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy pellets. Bio-identical hormone pellet therapy is the only delivery method of testosterone therapy that gives sustained and consistent testosterone levels throughout the day for four to six months without any “roller coaster” blood levels of testosterone, which can result in mood and energy fluctuations for the patient. It has been shown to decrease symptoms of fatigue, weakness, and low sex drive. It may even treat depression. Dr. Kyle Chavers, M.D. places  the bio-identical hormone pellets just under the skin. Dr. Chavers may also put you on supplements as well as give you a diet and exercise plan. Sometimes just changing your bad habits will put your hormones in balance again. 

 If you notice evident changes sexually, physically, or emotionally you should contact Foundations Medical Center.  The issue may be something as simple as low testosterone or something more serious. Do not ignore those signs and symptoms. Contact Foundations Medical Center at  850.660.6701 and get the care you need and get back to feeling like the man you want to be!

Amanda Chavers