Male Menopause Symptoms and How To Treat Them

by Laura Ramirez on July 27, 2011

Male menopause symptoms can be just as troubling to men as the symptoms that women experience during mid life change. Also called andropause, these symptoms include loss of libido, depression, decreased muscle mass, increased risk of osteoporosis and fatigue. Like menopause, andropause is caused by the slow decline of hormone levels over the years, particularly testosterone and estradiol (which is a form of estrogen … yes, men have estrogen too, just as women also maintain levels of testosterone in their bodies). Men can either have too iittle testosterone or too much estrogen.

The key to maintaining health, muscle mass, vitailty, stabilizing mood and enjoying the mid to later years is healthy hormone levels. Men and their doctors are just beginning to explore the different treatments.

By Henry Herring, RPh Andropause, also known as male menopause, According to the literature, andropause is a process involving a gradual alteration in sex hormone levels over a period of years. This can result in psychological and physiological changes.

Because andropause has only recently been discussed and studied, treatment options have been limited. For many patients, only one treatment has been available: testosterone supplementation (most often by injection). Testosterone supplementation continues to be the therapeutic choice for many men but other methods of delivery are available other than injections

For instance, now there are transdermal gels, supplements and even pellets that can be implanted by physicians that slowly increase hormone levels over time. The key is to keep the proper balance between dihydrotestosterone and estradiol, the active components of testosterone. One convenient way to do this is with a supplement called Provacyl that boosts your HGH levels (human growth hormone) and reduces symptoms of male menopause by increasing libido, lean muscle mass, reducing body fat and producing a sense of well-being.

So how about you? How are you managing male menopause symptoms? Have you running into any teasing or resistance by doctors about symptoms and this phase of life in terms of it being a real transition? Post your thoughts.

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