Andropause, also known as the “male menopause”, occurs as hormone levels, particularly testosterone, decline with age. This happens naturally in men from age 30 onwards with some men become symptomatic when their testosterone levels fall below a critical level. This level differs for each man, so it is important to pay close attention to changes in behaviour and physical symptoms.
What Are The Symptoms of Andropause?
Common symptoms of andropause can include:
- Tiredness, fatigue, or “burnout syndrome’ (decreased drive and ambition)
- Decreased strength and lean body mass
- Poor sleep patterns
- Diminished libido
- Memory loss
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased morning erections and decreased erection strength
How Do We Treat Andropause?
At the Marion Gluck Clinic, we take a comprehensive history in order to evaluate the full picture of a patient’s health. We want to get to know our patients and this includes a full medical history together with appropriate blood tests and information about lifestyle and personal circumstances.
If a hormonal imbalance is diagnosed, a personalised treatment plan of bio-identical testosterone therapy, with or without DHEA, is prescribed. Frequently our patients are also prescribed specific vitamins to optimise their treatment plan. When this is done successfully our patients achieve positive mood, increased energy and reduced symptoms.