Everyone is familiar with menopause, the phase when a woman’s body experiences a drastic hormonal change as her monthly cycle stops. However, not many people are aware that men go through a similar, if much less publicized, change in hormone levels as they age called andropause. This “male menopause” can be treated through male hormone replacement therapy, much as female menopause is. What causes andropause, and what are the primary symptoms?
The Effects of Low T
Testosterone is the primary sex hormone in men; although women have testosterone as well, it’s present in much lower amounts. Testosterone is responsible for facial hair growth, voice changes in puberty, sex drive and fertility in men. For most men, testosterone levels really aren’t something that are thought about very often, and certainly not in terms of physical health as a whole.
Yet, as men grow older, they’re likely to notice distinct changes in their bodies. Energy levels decline, weight gain increases (especially around the belly), moods become unpredictable or may settle into a low depression, and sex drive drops off, to name a few. It’s common to consider these things just a natural part of aging, especially when they happen to so many men.
In reality, these are prime symptoms of decreased testosterone levels, or Low T, due to the effects of andropause. With more medical recognition of male menopause these days, male hormone replacement therapy is becoming more accepted, and men no longer have to suffer through andropause without treatment.