Andropause (Male Menopause)
What is the Andropause?
Andropause is sometimes referred to as the male menopause. It occurs as hormone levels, in particular testosterone, decline with age. In men, hormone levels start to decline from age 30 years onwards. Some men experience no symptoms at all whereas others start to notice symptoms, and this usually occurs when their testosterone levels have fallen below the recommended levels.
What is Testosterone and why is it important?
Testosterone is the main sex hormone in the male body. The levels of Testosterone start to gradually decline between the ages of 30 and 40 years with total testosterone levels decreasing on average by 1.6% per year. This can be further impacted by lifestyle factors, such as excessive alcohol consumption.
What are the symptoms of Andropause/reduced Testosterone levels?
Symptoms vary from person to person. Common symptoms can include:
- Fatigue or ‘burnout syndrome’ (decreased drive and ambition)
- Decreased strength and lean body mass
- Insomnia or poor sleep patterns in general
- Reduced libido
- Memory loss
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased morning erections and decreased erection strength
How can the symptoms be treated?
At Aeternum Aesthetics, we initially take a full and comprehensive medical history to evaluate our patient’s overall health. Blood tests are performed, and we gather information in relation to your lifestyle and personal circumstances. Blood tests will establish if there is a hormonal imbalance and, if diagnosed, our Specialist Nurse will provide a personalised treatment plan using bioidentical testosterone therapy, with or without DHEA, to help restore the depleted hormone levels that are triggering your symptoms.
Not only do we create a bespoke treatment plan with tailored bioidentical hormones, but we also consider your overall health including nutrition and lifestyle. Your treatment plan is tailored exactly to your needs to achieve the optimum hormonal balance. We also frequently prescribe specific vitamins to further optimise your treatment regime. When this is done successfully our patients experience reduced symptoms, greater energy levels and positive mood changes.