Andropause refers to a decline in levels of testosterone in men. You may hear it called by different names like hypogonadism and male menopause, but they all share the same key problem: low testosterone.
Testosterone is the hormone responsible for male sex characteristics, but it has a broad influence in the body. When your levels of testosterone are lower than normal, you may experience one or more of the following:
Testosterone levels in men peak during adolescence and early adulthood. After that, their hormone levels naturally decline as they get older. Beyond aging, men today have lower testosterone levels than previous generations due to environmental factors and nutrition issues. Some men may develop hypogonadism, which occurs when the testicles don’t produce the normal amount of testosterone.
A few of the potential causes of hypogonadism include:
The first step is to verify the root cause of your symptoms with a physical examination and lab tests for hormone levels and other biomarkers. If an underlying condition is identified, Dr. Perrin prescribes the appropriate treatment. For example, you may have a problem in the pituitary gland, which controls the production of testosterone, and some types of chronic diseases, like kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, and HIV/AIDS can cause low testosterone.
Low testosterone is treated by restoring your hormone levels back to normal. Dr. Perrin advocates using bio-identical hormone treatments because they share the same molecular structure as the testosterone naturally produced in your body.
Bio-identical hormones prescribed by Dr. Perrin come from plants. Because they’re natural and structurally identical to natural testosterone, bio-identical treatment is safe for long-term use. As your testosterone levels become balanced with bio-identical hormones, you’ll prevent potential health problems like osteoporosis, while regaining your sexual health and vitality.