Is Male Menopause Real? The Science of Andropause

Posted by Dr. Michael White, Updated on January 15th, 2024
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Like most men, you're probably concerned about preserving healthy testosterone levels. Most guys are aware of low-t, but most are still unaware of the science behind testosterone deficiency and how it puts all men at risk, even the healthiest of men.

That's because there is a robust age-related component to low-t. In fact, if every man lived long enough, they would eventually experience testosterone deficiency.

What is Andropause?

Most men begin to experience symptoms related to testosterone deficiency between the ages of 40 and 60.

So many guys are affected that medical specialists have even coined a term for age-related testosterone deficiency — andropause. As you can imagine, andropause is directly related to its female relative, menopause.

Though the two conditions share a similarity in that they are both age-related hormone changes during middle age, the two issues have some distinct differences.

Menopause is the time in a woman's life when she stops menstruating, and her hormone balance is altered permanently as a result. In men, there are no such distinct changes that take place — guys remain able to produce testosterone and sperm, for example.

Where menopause is an abrupt change, andropause is a more subtle change in hormone balance that takes place for many years.

Testosterone Levels Recede Slowly With Age

Among all normal and healthy males, testosterone follows a similar trajectory throughout the lifespan.

Of course, every guy is different, and both genetics and lifestyle play a significant role, but the cycle of testosterone production remains the same for all men.

Prenatally, the male fetus experiences a burst of testosterone which leads to the development of primary sex characteristics. From that point until puberty, testosterone production remains dormant.

At the beginning of puberty, testosterone levels skyrocket, leading to the changes that occur during adolescence. At the end of puberty, the male body continues to produce ample testosterone, encouraging strong muscles, a lean physique, a confident personality, boundless energy, and an abundant sex drive.

Testosterone levels remain at an elevated plateau from the end of puberty until the late twenties or early thirties.

Beyond this point, testosterone production by the testes and adrenal glands begins to fall at an insidiously slow rate of around 1-2% annually.

As we mentioned earlier, unlike menopause, andropause is a progressive medical condition.

Though testosterone production begins its decline around thirty, most men don't experience any real symptoms for many years or even decades.

That's because most men produce more testosterone than they really need, but eventually, the decline crosses the threshold into true deficiency. When andropause strikes, the results can be truly life-altering.

The True Threat of Andropause — The Symptoms of Low-T

When andropause becomes symptomatic, it's time to consider getting treatment from a reputable hormone clinic.

Seriously. Testosterone deficiency is associated with a whole slew of health issues, including depression, obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and more.

As testosterone levels fall, it leads to some physiological changes that can be very bad for your health.

Testosterone contributes to metabolism, so low-t not only leads to weight gain, but it also drains energy, causing severe fatigue. Testosterone is also highly anabolic, so as testosterone production drops, so do muscle mass and strength output.

Testosterone also supports psychological balance and wards off anxiety. This is all on top of the incredibly frustrating issues of low libido and sexual dysfunction that is so strongly associated with the condition.

What Can I Do About Andropause? How Do I Find a Men's Clinic that Fits My Needs?

If you feel that you or a loved one is suffering from the ill-effects of testosterone deficiency, we can help!

Our licensed and board-certified HRT clinic has helped thousands of men across the United States overcome the effects of andropause, and we would love to serve you today.

We work with trained professionals in all fifty states to provide you the fantastic benefits of hormone replacement therapy without you having to leave your state — or even your hometown.

If you are interested in learning more about testosterone replacement therapy, or if you would like to make an appointment for HRT diagnostic evaluation, we have hormone specialists standing by that would love to work with you and help you make the right decision.

In just a single appointment, we can gather the information needed to accurately assess your hormone needs and arrange for a quality hormone replacement therapy regimen that will get your testosterone levels normalized and get your life back on track.

We offer a variety of highly effective treatment options. We prescribe not only testosterone creams and patches but also Testosterone Enanthate and Cypionate injections. We've helped so many men just like you — now it's your turn!


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