During midlife, females undergo profound changes in their physiology. No one disputes these changes result in a variety of unpleasant symptoms. But most middle-aged men will admit they also are experiencing similar symptoms, which include (but are not limited to) weight gain, loss of energy, memory issues, loss of focus or clarity, mood changes and overall decrease in sense of well-being.
Until recently, we simply didn't address these issues in males. The good news is that those days of simply turning a blind eye to the ravages of time, may soon be a thing of the past. More and more, the medical literature is looking at the issues of declining hormonal levels in men. Patients are even hearing about the concept of andropause via the popular press and media. This exposure allows us the opportunity to educate our patients on the multitude of benefits that can be obtained by optimizing hormone levels.
What is andropause or male menopause?
Similar to menopause in women, andropause arrives in a man's life when there is a drastic drop in hormone levels. When levels of testosterone fall, the condition is called hypoganadism (hypo=low, gonad=testis). Although total testosterone may not drop drastically, free testosterone, or the active form of testosterone, drops significantly with age.