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What causes andropause?

Andropause is caused by lower levels of testosterone and its consequences as men age. Recent studies show that after age 30, testosterone levels generally decrease by one to two percent per year - although this decline can vary widely.

Sudden, drastic declines in testosterone levels are usually caused by hypogonadism. Classified as either primary or secondary, hypogonadism should be ruled out in patients experiencing symptoms of andropause.

Testosterone ("the male hormone") is a substance produced in the testes and in the adrenal glands that has a unique effect on a man's total body. The hormone helps to build protein and is essential for normal sexual behavior and produce erections. It also affects many metabolic activities such as production of blood cells in the bone marrow, bone formation, lipid metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, liver function and prostate gland growth.

After age 30, testosterone levels drop by about 10 percent every decade. Andropause is associated with low testosterone level. Every man experiences a decline of bioavailable testosterone but some men's levels dip lower than others. And when this happens, these men may experience andropause symptoms.

More information on andropause

What is andropause? - Andropause refers to a set of gradual physical and psychological changes that men generally go through beginning in middle age. Andropause is equivalent to the menopause that women over 45 suffer from.
What causes andropause? - Andropause is caused by lower levels of testosterone and its consequences as men age. After age 30, testosterone levels drop by about 10 percent every decade. Andropause is associated with low testosterone level. Every man experiences a decline of bioavailable testosterone but some men's levels dip lower than others. And when this happens, these men may experience andropause symptoms.
What're the symptoms of andropause? - Symptoms of andropause can vary from one man to the next. Symptoms of male Andropause may include lethargy or decreased energy, decreased libido or interest in sex, erectile dysfunction with loss of erections, muscle weakness and aches, inability to sleep, hot flashes, night sweats, depression, infertility and thinning of bones or bone loss.
What're the mechanism of andropause? - Numerous researches have been conducted to explore the mechanism that triggers the decreased testosterone production with age. The major factor in aging is the dysfunction of the male reproductive homeostat (hypothalamic - pituitary - testes axis), which leads to the progressive loss of hypothalamic sensitivity to the inhibitory effects of testosterone.
What're the treatment options for andropause? - Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) re-energizes the entire body, increases lean muscle mass, and reverses the fat accumulation and muscular atrophy characteristic of aging. The replenishment of growth hormone from a deficient state can lead to an improved sex life; skin tone and can help to balance other hormones in the body including testosterone, DHEA, melatonin, pregnenolone, and progesterone.
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