Sometimes referred to as male menopause, andropause is a dramatic reduction in testosterone production that may occur in middle-aged men.
Men can start losing their testosterone as early as the age of 35. This gradual decline means that the resulting symptoms of andropause can slowly build with time.
Andropause Symptoms and Causes
Some of the most common symptoms associated with andropause include:
- Decreased libido
- Night sweats
- Limited ability to concentrate or stay focused
- Erectile dysfunction
It is still uncertain if these conditions are directly caused by low testosterone or if decreased production is simply a result of pre-existing conditions. For example, erectile dysfunction is usually the result of restricted arteries, but the condition is almost always accompanied by decreased levels of testosterone.
Therapy is typically very effective. The goals are to restore sexual function, increase libido and a sense of overall well-being, prevent osteoporosis, restore muscle strength and improve mental functions. The objective is to restore testosterone levels back to their normal physiological levels using bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. This can be received through a variety of methods. Some of them include:
- Creams or gels, applied to the skin
- Transdermal skin patches
- Implants, pellets placed just under the skin
To schedule an appointment, call 402-758-5280 or contact us online. Dr. Kakish is a leading authority on andropause and successful bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.