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All men will go through a natural aging process in which their bodies will have a decrease in the production of testosterone. Also known as andropause, this condition is associated with a decrease in both testosterone and sperm. Unlike women who go through menopause, andropause (male menopause) is a gradual process and its associated effects will occur over the period of many years.
Testosterone is the principal hormone in men and is responsible for all of the male attributes such as increased muscle mass, a deepening voice, healthy sex drive (libido), beard and body hair, and much more. In addition, testosterone plays a vital role in the production of red blood cells, bone growth, and the maintenance of a normal mood. A man’s testosterone level will peak in adolescence and early adulthood, but it will go through a slow decline after he hits the ages of 30 or 40.
Andropause can also be associated with the development of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Therefore, it is important to initiate lifestyle changes during this aging process to help mitigate these risks. Stress reduction, a healthy diet, exercise, and lower alcohol consumption can go a long way in boosting natural testosterone. If lifestyle modifications are unsuccessful, hormone replacement therapy may be an option for men with unnaturally low levels and continuous symptoms of a deficiency. In addition, men experiencing andropause may see a decrease in their libido or suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED).
A deficiency in testosterone affects aging men on both a physical and psychological level. Symptoms will vary from person to person with the most common symptoms listed below:
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After appropriate evaluation from a provider, men suffering from andropause or low testosterone can be treated effectively with hormone replacement therapy. Treatment has been shown to improve vitality, mood, energy, and cognition of a patient. Therapies offered include topical creams or injections of testosterone as well as oral DHEA and pregnenolone capsules. Our pharmacists at RC Compounding work closely with providers to meet the unique needs of our patients by offering various dosage forms, strengths, and routes of administration.