Male menopause, also known as
andropause, somatopause and men’pause, is most often ignored by conventional
medicine yet it affects the majority of men.
Declining testosterone levels are commonly seen in men beginning in the fourth decade of life. This is analogous to
menopause in women when ovarian production of estrogens and progesterone begins to decline.
Undetected yet equally as powerful, a male’s hormonal status changes dramatically during this time.
The production of testosterone by
testicles declines at exactly the same time as the amount of protein that binds testosterone (sex hormone
binding globulin) increases. This may seriously lower the amount of free testosterone available to the target
Unless the level of free testosterone is
sought and assessed, a man’s symptoms are often ignored and he is blown off as having a "mid-life crisis", or
his physician diagnoses depression and an antidepressant is prescribed.
Testosterone is an important anabolic
hormone in men.
It plays many roles in maintaining both physical and mental health by increasing energy, preventing fatigue,
maintaining normal sex drive, and increasing strength
of structural tissues.
Testosterone deficiency is often
associated with symptoms such as:
Loss of Energy
Aches and Pains
Low Sex Drive(libido)
Decreased Mental Acuity
Loss of Muscle Mass
Furthermore, insulin resistance and diabetes are quite often additional
serious consequences associated with testosterone deficiency.
Stress management, exercise, proper nutrition, dietary supplements (particularly adequate zinc and selenium), and
androgen replacement therapy have all been shown to raise androgen levels in men and help counter andropause
Androgen replacement therapy should be
discussed with a qualified
health care provider.
Insufficient testosterone is not the only
hormone imbalance that a man experiences.
An excess amount of estradiol relative to progesterone is routinely discovered in the saliva during andropause,
which is known to be associated with prostate gland diseases such as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and
prostate gland cancer.