Male menopause is trending in social media with middle-aged and older men. It’s long been widely known and discussed that women have menopause and that it has to do with hormones decreasing with age. If we use that definition of menopause, then men would also go through menopause, but the two processes for men and women are very different.
What hormones affect men?
The sexual hormone that most affects older men is testosterone. Testosterone is responsible for a lot of processes and functions in the body, not just your ability to have and maintain an erection for a length of time. Testosterone also affects hair growth or loss, muscle mass building and retention, and energy levels.
How long do the hormones decrease?
Unlike menopause in women where hormones decrease or fluctuate, men experience a steady decline in testosterone. There is no way to stop this decline, and it will continue with age. While some men may experience this late in life or not at all, others may notice a steady decline in testosterone over time. This can lead to symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, but it can also cause or contribute to other health problems, like a higher risk of heart disease, testicular cancer, or prostate cancer.
How is low testosterone treated?
Male menopause is treated the same way as female menopause—with hormone replacement therapy. We can measure your current hormone levels and prescribe a testosterone supplement that will bring your body back to optimum performance.
If you are a middle-aged or older man who is experiencing low testosterone, don’t wait until the problem is severely impacting your life. Contact us today for an appointment.