How Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Treat Male Menopause
Everyone has heard of menopause, but what about “manopause”?
Officially called adropause, this phase in a man’s life when testosterone levels start to drop, is considered the male equivalent of menopause. Testosterone is one of the sex hormones or androgens produced by the reproductive system.
Male testosterone tends to peak in a man’s 20s and then drops every year. As those levels wane, other hormone concentrations, including estrogen, rise. These hormonal vacillations mimic many of the symptoms women experience during menopause including: weight gain, night sweats, decreased sex drive, lethargy and lessened muscle mass.
While menopause tends to last about four years and ends when a woman is no longer fertile, the symptoms of andropause are not as easy to detect. With andropause there’s no abrupt end. Men may simply think the weight gain and lack of sex drive are signs of “getting old”.
Testosterone is an essential component of the male body, and it is apparent when levels decline. Low levels of the hormone can cause erectile dysfunction and decreased stamina in the bedroom. In addition, testosterone also helps with the function of the liver and prostate.
The good news is that natural hormone replacement can help. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can alleviate some of the issues caused by andropause. This hormone, which is derived from all natural substances and comes in the shape of a tiny capsule, is inserted under the skin after administering local anesthesia.