Most people are aware of the physical and hormonal changes that take place in women during menopause (the end of menstruation and fertility). The less frequently discussed changes during andropause in men are equally common. Many people are unaware of the symptoms associated with this condition, as well as the treatment options available to make these changes easier to live with.
Symptoms of andropause include:
• Irritability or moodiness
• Difficulty concentrating
• Low energy or fatigue
• Low sex drive
• Erection problems
• Increased fat deposition
• Trouble recovering from exercise
• Hair loss
Most men diagnosed with andropause experience a low sex drive accompanied by one or more of the other symptoms listed above. As soon as symptoms become bothersome, it is important to seek medical treatment. If testosterone levels drop too low, you have an increased chance of developing heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis (bone loss).
The most common treatment for andropause is testosterone replacement therapy. Your physician will consider the symptoms you have been experiencing and identify how your testosterone levels fluctuate throughout a given day. Using this information, your physician will create a personalized treatment plan specific to your situation.
If you think you or your partner may be experiencing andropause, learn more or schedule an appointment for evaluation with one of our specialists by calling 614-293-9253.