Commonly referred to as andropause, or the male menopause, the decline in a man’s testosterone levels is commonly noticeable as a man reaches his 40’s. Testosterone Replacement Therapy is a treatment for men with this symptomatic hypogonadism.
Testosterone is produced in the testicles, and peaks in a man’s mid-twenties. With age, the cells in the testicles begin to secrete less testosterone, and are also affected by stress, alcohol and medication.
As well as reducing energy levels, when a man has low levels of testosterone, they can experience symptoms including low libido (sex drive), erectile dysfunction, depression, weight gain, brain fog/poor concentration, persistent fatigue, short term memory loss and irritability. Low levels of testosterone in men are also associated with higher risks of heart attacks, strokes and even death, according to Wang C, et al ‘Low testosterone associated with obesity, and the metabolic syndrome contributes to sexual dysfunction and cardiovascular disease risk in men with type 2 diabetes’.
Testosterone replacement therapy can greatly enhance a patient’s quality of life, but any adverse effects must be investigated and discussed prior to the commencement of treatment, and monitored throughout the treatment plan.
Testosterone replacement therapy is deemed an effective way to address these symptoms, restoring a man to optimum hormonal health, and can have numerous benefits, such as increased libido and sexual function, increased energy, beneficial impact on bone density, heart health, muscle and strength. Muscle aches are reported to have reduced and memories improved.
For a patient testimonial, please see the following article in the Daily Mail:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5683663/Is-life-ruled-husbands-hormones.html