There comes a time in every man’s life where his testosterone levels will start to drop and this process has given rise to the idea of andropause. Also known as ‘male menopause’ this term is misleading and conjures the image of the symptoms that are similar to female menopause.
In this article, we’ll break down the myths associated with andropause and low testosterone in men.
Myth 1: Andropause And Menopause Is The Same
Reality: It’s inaccurate to think of low testosterone in men leading to the same symptoms present during menopause. During menopause, women lose their ability to become pregnant naturally and stop having periods
They may also experience mood changes and a reduced sex drive due to hormones. While symptoms of low mood and libido can occur in men with low testosterone, there are two entirely different processes going on in the body.
Myth 2: Men Lose Testosterone Rapidly
Reality: As men get older, they start to lose testosterone at a certain age. But it doesn’t happen all at once. According to the NHS, a drop in testosterone is a steady decline of less than 2% a year in men from around 30 – 40.
This slow decline is unlikely to cause any of the major symptoms associated with andropause, such as poor concentration, mood swings and a loss of muscle mass.
Myth 3: Negative Mental Health Is A Sign Of Andropause
Reality: In middle-aged men who’re prone to depression and anxiety there may be other causes than low testosterone. For example, psychological stress from work and family commitments may be taking its toll.
These symptoms may also be linked to drinking excessively, a lack of sleep or a poor diet.
Myth 4: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Is An Unsafe Way To Treat Andropause
Reality: Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is sometimes recommended to treat andropause and there have been many studies into the safety measures associated with the treatment.
The truth is there may be side effects associated with TRT such as acne or blood clotting, but a rigorous consultation is needed before any therapy can take place. A patient’s medical history is assessed by a TRT specialist and you’ll be able to determine if it’s an appropriate treatment.
Myth 5: TRT Is The Only Way To Treat Men Going Through Andropause
Reality: While TRT is a popular choice for helping men with low testosterone, it’s not the only option. There are several things to try:
- Skin patch: Applied once every 24 hours to release small levels of testosterone into the skin.
- Gels: Topical gels can be applied to the body for increasing testosterone levels.
- Oral therapy: This may involve specialised tablets that are swallowed.
While we encourage everyone to find the most suitable treatment method for them, TRT has the benefit of being a long-lasting procedure that can be tailored to meet specific requirements.
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If you need any further information about andropause or want to discuss TRT in more detail, book a consultation with us today.