As men age they experience a decline in the production of the male hormone testosterone. This age related decrease in the levels of free testosterone is known as andropause or ‘male menopause’.
As a result of andropause, some men experience symptoms that include; decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, ejaculatory problems, prostate enlargement, fatigue, decrease in strength, increase in body fat, loss of muscle mass, depression, reduced enthusiasm and sexual problems.
Men with low testosterone levels also have increased health risks such as heart disease and diabetes.
Unlike menopause in women, when hormone production stops completely, testosterone decline in men is a slower process. The testes, unlike the ovaries, do not run out of the substance it needs to make testosterone. A healthy man may be able to make sperm well into his 80s or later.
If testosterone levels are low, testosterone replacement therapy may help relieve the symptoms.
In clinical trilas, testosterone therapy
- proved psychological well-being and mood
- improved erectile dysfunction and libido
- increased muscle mass, strength, and stature
- preserved bone mass
It may also slow the progression of chronic illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease.
Natural or bioidentical testosterone must not be confused with synthetic derivatives or ‘anabolic steroids’, which when used by athletes and body builders have caused disastrous effects. Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones have a molecular structure which is an exact match to the hormones found in the human body. They are consistent with our bodies biochemistry. Bioidentical hormones for men include dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), dihydrotestosterone (DHT), chrysin, zinc, selenium and other supplements.
Our laboratory can formulate these hormones into lozenges and controlled release capsules which can correct the hormone imbalance and help relieve the symptoms. Our laboratory uses bioidentical hormones in all hormone replacement products.
Contact us for a consultation. We will help you organise appropriate tests and make recommendations on the possible coarse of action.