Andropause

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What is it?

Andropause, also known as the “male menopause”, occurs as hormone levels, particularly testosterone, decline with age. This happens naturally in men from age 30 onwards. Some men become symptomatic when their testosterone levels fall below a critical level. This level differs for each man, so it is important to pay close attention to changes in behaviour and physical symptoms. 

What are the symptoms?

Common symptoms of andropause can include:

Tiredness, fatigue, or “burnout syndrome’ (decreased drive and ambition)

Decreased strength and lean body mass

Irritability

Poor sleep patterns

Diminished libido

Memory loss

Erectile dysfunction

Decreased morning erections and decreased erection strength

Depression

How is it treated?

At  Fulcrum Clinic,  we want to get to know our patients and this includes a full medical history together with appropriate blood tests and information about lifestyle and personal circumstances.

If a hormonal imbalance is diagnosed, a personalized treatment plan of bio-identical testosterone therapy, with or without DHEA, is prescribed. Frequently our patients are also prescribed specific vitamins to optimize their treatment plan.  This allows our patients to achieve improvement of symptoms and a higher quality of life.