For men over the age of 50 who suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) and low testosterone , a night of passion may not be in the cards this Valentine’s Day. Sure dinner is nice, jewelry is even nicer but it’s what comes after that really matters to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. That’s right, amore! Sounds like a no-brainer, right?
Prescription drugs like Viagra can be effective but do not treat the underlying cause. If you are experiencing ED, you may have andropause.Andropause also known as Male Menopause or “Man-opause”. Whereas female menopause is the complete shutting down of the female reproductive system, andropause is a decline in the male hormone testosterone which leads to loss of energy and concentration, depression, and mood swings; and while andropause does not cause a man’s reproductive system to stop working altogether, many experience bouts of impotence.
Testosterone declines 10% every decade after age 30 (1% per year). So by the time men turn 50, 20% of your testosterone is gone and by the time you are 70 almost half. Some men have a lower than normal testosterone level without signs or symptoms. For others, low testosterone might cause:
- Changes in sexual function including ED, less sexual desire, fewer spontaneous erections and infertility. Your testes might have even become smaller.
- Changes in sleep patterns such as insomnia or increased sleepiness.
- Physical changes including increased body fat; less muscle bulk, decreased strength and endurance; and decreased bone density, swollen or tender breasts (gynecomastia), and loss of body hair are also possible. Some men even experience hot flashes.
- Emotional changes such as a decrease in motivation or self-confidence, depression, trouble concentrating or memory loss.
These symptoms can be caused by various underlying factors, including medication side effects, thyroid problems, depression and excessive alcohol use. A blood test called “free testosterone’ is the only way to diagnose a low testosterone level or a reduction in the bioavailability of testosterone.
Testosterone deficiencies can be remedied with special nutritional supplements, muscle-building exercise, but often require testosterone therapy.
“An often overlooked fact is that not all doctors are properly trained and educated in testosterone therapy,” noted Dr. Paul Savage, hormone therapy expert and CEO of Ageology. “There are many different methods to administer testosterone including gels, injections and pellets. Without comprehensive training, such as found with Ageology physicians, men can be at risk. It is important to find a qualified physician who specializes in natural hormone therapy and has a proven track record. For example, Ageology doctors specialize in bioidentical hormone therapy and are able to get the best results for men because of our unique and comprehensive treatment methods.”
If you think you may be suffering from andropause and the symptoms of low testosterone, Ageology physicians can help. Call 312/255-9763 or visit http://www.ageology.com/ to reach an Ageology physician today and, whatever you do, don’t forget the roses!