Andropause & Low Testosterone

Hormonal chaos?  If your around the age of forty you may think the only hormonal chaos going on is happening to the opposite sex.  A common misconception is that females are the only ones that go through “the change” during their 40’s and 50’s.  Studies show that 70% of the general public believes that men experience a mid-life stage similar to menopause in women.  When these mid-life stages affect women they experience physical symptoms that are very noticeable and last anywhere from months to 5 years, where men experience subtle changes over a longer period of time (anywhere from 10-15 years). So while the days of high school and puberty are long gone and while you may feel stable hormonally there is a good chance that you are entering or experiencing andropause.

Andropause technically describes the progressive decline in androgen production.  During andropause there are three main changes that occur almost like a chain reaction, there is a drop in testosterone levels, an increase in Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG), and an increase in production of aromatase.  When it comes to hormones one important thing to understand is what’s available and what isn’t.  More than 95% of hormones found in the blood are bound to circulating proteins and in this bound state, they are unable to fit into receptors.  Therefore, these hormones will not be delivered to tissues and are considered inactive, or non-bioavailable and flushed out of the system.

While andropause is part of the natural aging process the side effects from hormone imbalance may cause a disruption in living a quality and fulfilling daily life.  Testosterone replacement helps, not only with symptoms, but also decreases disease risks that are usually associated with the aging process, such as, heart disease and diabetes.

So if you know you are suffering from symptoms of andropause we recommended talking to your doctor about your symptoms.  Core Pharmacy can definitely help your situation, contact us to learn about options for andropause.