Hormones for Men
Andropause, simply stated, is the male equivalent of menopause. Some men actually go through a sudden change in testosterone levels. This correlates to the hormonal changes experienced by women during menopause. Most men, however, have a more subtle hormonal decline.
On the average, a mans testosterone levels begin to decline at a rate of about 1% per year after age 40. Blood or saliva testing is necessary to determine testosterone levels and to establish the need for testosterone replacement therapy. Blood tests require an order from the patient's physician. Andropause has a wide variety of symptoms, including:
- Reduced libido
- Depression and anxiety
- Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
- Heart Disease
- The Treatment for Andropause
Testosterone is the therapeutic agent used for Andropause. But natural testosterone should not be confused with synthetic derivatives or so-called "anabolic steroids". These are notorious for their misuse by athletes and body builders and can cause great harm. University Compounding Pharmacy uses only FDA-approved natural testosterone.
Transdermal testosterone gel rubbed well into the skin is used to treat Andropause. It does not irritate the skin like testosterone patches. It can be applied as little or as often as your body requires. And there are a variety of dosage strengths available (the usual range is 1% to 10%). A UCP pharmacist can assist your doctor for the strength and application frequency needed.
Contraindications to testosterone therapy include the presence of prostate or breast cancer.
When combined with a healthy lifestyle composed of appropriate exercise, good eating habits, vitamin, and mineral supplements; transdermal testosterone therapy should help achieve optimal results for the man impacted by Andropause.
If you have questions about Andropause or its treatment, please contact UCP. A pharmacist will available to answer your questions.
Questions and Answers
What exactly is hormone modulation & how does it work?
Hormone modulation is the science of optimizing hormones that are no longer being adequately produced by the body. While genetic programming does many wonderful things, nature's plan brings us to the age of reproduction and nurturing, and then seems to have little use for us. At that point, we begin to fail. In fact, much of aging can be seen as deficiencies in many of the substances that our body once produced in abundance. Regaining and maintaining metabolic and endocrine functions at the upper end of the normal range for your age gives you the best opportunity for a healthy and vigorous life. This optimal range is in the upper third of the normal range for age.
How long before you can actually see results?
While this varies with each person, some people feel results within days. Just like beginning an exercise program, you can expect results within three to six months after beginning hormone management. Often the results of proper modulation are manifested by what you don't feel, i.e., sick, tired, moody, etc.
How long do I have to be on these therapies?
You should give your program at least four to six months to see significant benefits. Most patients will experience benefits before three months and continue to see improvement beyond that point. Your body needs that much time to heal and rebuild. You should remain on the program for as long as you want to optimize your health.
What happens if I stop the program?
Should you stop the program, your body will simply return to the symptoms that you had.. The benefits will fade over time.
At what age should a person start such a program?
Thirty-five is a good age for the initial baseline evaluation, because that is when deficiencies begin to appear. Around thirty years of age, we lose hormones from 1%-3%. It's never too early for any adult to begin the nutraceutical program. A person does not need to begin hormone modulation therapy, however, until such time as the body begins to lower its hormone production. Thorough blood tests and assessments help us determine exactly where you may be most deficient and how we can best help you. Every person is different and will have different needs as far as hormone modulation goes.
Will Hormone Replacement Treatment interfere with my currently prescribed medications?
Generally not. In some instances, medications may actually be reduced or no longer needed. Your Hormone Management physician will be able to advise you best on this and will be happy to work with your own doctor should you so desire.
Will your HRT trained Physician be taking over as my doctor?
Absolutely not. As a wellness program, your Physician is happy to communicate with your current health care team, and/or any specialists you may be seeing. You are encouraged to continue your usual visits with your regular doctor.
Are you ever too old to start?
Age is not a barrier. Many of the older people, including those over 60 years, will ask this question thinking it is too late to begin a program. The answer is quite the opposite. Older people have greater deficiencies or partial deficiencies, therefore the response to hormone modulation and supplementation is excellent and almost immediate. It is important to note that early intervention can reduce rapid advancement of diseases, such as osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s. Less progress is to be expected when conditions such as these are advanced.
If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of andropause, find a specialist on our doctor referral list.