Men experience hormonal changes just like women. While the technical term for male menopause is “andropause,” the side effects you experience can impact your work and daily life if you don’t get treatment. If you suspect your hormone levels are awry, schedule an appointment at Chicago Vitality. This men’s health practice has locations in Chicago, Schaumburg, and Naperville, Illinois. Because they specialize in testosterone replacement and diagnosing male menopause, you can get the treatment you need. Scheduling your first visit is as easy as calling the office or using the online booking feature.
Some of the most noticeable side effects of male menopause are a decrease in your sex drive, erectile dysfunction, or other types of sexual dysfunction. Many men also complain of the following:
Male menopause is linked to decreasing testosterone levels. The lower your testosterone, the more likely you are to experience the uncomfortable side effects of male menopause.
After age 30, it’s typical for men's testosterone to decline by 1% each year, although it's possible that your levels may drop more, less, or not at all.
If you’re showing symptoms of male menopause, you should seek treatment. But if you do have lower-than-normal testosterone levels -- or are over age 30 -- and aren’t experiencing any uncomfortable side effects, there’s nothing to worry about.
Your doctor keeps tabs on your testosterone during your routine checkups and blood tests. If you’re at risk of health problems, such as losing bone or muscle mass, it might be time to start testosterone treatment.
Once symptoms start surfacing, your physician typically gets you started on lifestyle changes. You may benefit from:
These lifestyle changes often improve male menopause symptoms, but they’re also beneficial for your heart health and overall wellness.
If you don’t notice improvement after making lifestyle changes, your practitioner can get you started on testosterone replacement therapy. This type of treatment helps boost your testosterone levels, which ultimately cancels out most — if not all — symptoms of male menopause.