It has been a well-known fact for years that women undergo menopause, but did you know that men go through their own version of menopause called andropause? It's true. Like menopause in women, andropause is a normal part of aging in men. In women, there estrogen level drops and in men there progesterone levels drop.
By the time that a man reaches the age of 30, his testosterone level drops by about 10 percent every ten years. And also, in a guy's body the Sex Binding Hormone Globulin, or SHBG, is increasing. SHBG traps much of the testosterone that is still working in the body, making it unavailable to exert its effects in the body's tissues. The low testosterone that is left does the necessary work.
Andropause is directly connected to low testosterone levels. Every guy experiences a decline of testosterone but for some men, it's lower than others. And when this happens these men can experience andropausal symptoms.
These symptoms can impact quality of life as well as exposing them to other, longer-term risks of low-testosterone. It is estimated that 30 percent of men in their 50s will have testosterone levels low enough to be causing symptoms or putting them at risk.
In most cases, testosterone replacement in men with andropause can be highly effective and relieve symptoms. If you think that you may be experiencing andropause you should discuss this with your doctor and ask about testosterone replacement therapy.
No matter what your andropause concern is, you and your doctor can come up with a game plan that relieve your symptoms in no time. For more information on andropausal therapies you should contact a doctor in your area today.