Andropause: Understanding Male Menopause 

Male Menopause

Male menopause is the more common term for andropause. It describes age-related changes in male hormone levels. The same group of symptoms is also known as testosterone deficiency, androgen deficiency, and late-onset hypogonadism. According to the NIH, testosterone levels decline at a rate of 1% per year, with this having a more pronounced effect on men with existing testosterone deficiencies.

Something we hear all too often at the Happy Hormone Cottage and Integrated Hormone Center are our patients say “our men need help too”. Hormone therapy seems to have been separated from men, all the while hormone therapy offers men significant potential health and longevity benefits. HHC and IHC want to help men navigate hormone deficiency and dysfunction because it often solves many of the physical, psychological, and sexual symptoms and side effects they are experiencing.

What is Male Menopause?

Male menopause involves a drop in testosterone production in men who are aged 50 or older. It’s often associated with hypogonadism. Both conditions involve reduced testosterone levels and exhibit similar symptoms.

For men, testosterone is a hormone produced in your testes. It does more than fuel your sex drive. It also fuels changes during puberty, regulates your mental and physical energy, helps you build and retain muscle mass, controls your fight-or-flight response, along with other critical internal systems.

Male menopause differs from female menopause in several ways. For one thing, not all men experience it. Secondly, it doesn’t involve a complete shutdown of your reproductive organs. However, sexual complications may arise as a result of your lowered hormone levels.

Symptoms of Male Menopause

Male menopause can cause physical, sexual, and psychological problems. They typically worsen as you get older. They can include:

  •  Low energy
  •  Depression or sadness
  •  Decreased motivation
  •  Lowered self-confidence
  •  Difficulty concentrating
  •  Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  •  Increased body fat
  •  Reduced muscle mass and feelings of physical weakness
  •  Gynecomastia, or development of breasts
  •  Decreased bone density
  •  Erectile dysfunction
  •  Reduced libido
  •  Infertility

Integrated Hormone Center – Mens’ Services Offered

Here at IHC, Jeff Hogrefe, R.Ph. provides our male patients so much more than hormone therapy. Our team has always encouraged the better health and wellbeing of men. Our full range of services provides holistic and comprehensive health solutions aimed at improving longevity and quality of life!

Male Hormone Optimization

Men of all ages can experience hormone deficiency, so you should have any symptoms diagnosed by a professional. At IHC, we help optimize your hormones to help relieve your hormone imbalance-related issues. In addition to managing testosterone and hormone balance, we provide compounded medications that can improve erection frequency and strength. 

Male Menopause Therapy Available in Centerville, Ohio 

If you are experiencing symptoms associated with male menopause, you owe it to your health to schedule a consultation with Jeff Hogrefe at the Integrative Hormone Center. He can provide you with an expert diagnosis and a hormone therapy plan that is uniquely designed for your hormone and health needs. Call our offices to schedule a consultation at 513-444-6343 or book online today!

Written by Lyn Hogrefe