Andropause / Low Testosterone Level

ANDROPAUSE IS NOT A MYTH!

Unlike menopause where one tends to associate it with a paucity and subsequently termination of menses, there is no one definitive symptom that can be associated with andropause.  Hence many people tend to overlook the significance of andropause as just mere ‘mid-life crisis’.

What are the symptoms one would feel with testosterone deficiency (Low Testosterone Hormone)?

–          Low libido

–          Low energy and drive (does not feel as energetic as you used to be)

–          Progressively bulging abdomen

–          Decrease in muscle mass

–          Decreasing amount of hair

–          Feeling more irritable and moody

–          Erectile dysfunction

–          Poor sleep quality

–          Poor memory

These are just few of the symptoms associated with low testosterone.

The 4 aspects of life affected by low testosterone would be

a) SEXUAL

b) PHYSICAL

c) PHYSIOLOGICAL

d) PSYCHOLOGICAL

Low testosterone affects beyond just the psychological well-being of a man.  A low testosterone level can lead to other medical problems including osteoporosis and loss of muscle mass.

So what can be done?  Help can come in the form of testosterone replacement.  Testosterone replacement is not meant for everyone, so it is vital that you speak to a doctor to determine if:

–          You are indeed having low testosterone level

–          Testosterone replacement is suitable for you

Testosterone replacement comes in various forms, including:

–          Gel (ANDROGEL)

–          Tablets

–          Short acting injection

–          Long acting depot-injection (NEBIDO)

Testosterone replacement aims to bring back what is the norm a man can do with a normal testosterone level.  It is not meant as a boost for men’s vitality without symptoms of low testosterone.  Testosterone replacement can help bring back a good quality of life.  It restores the libido, energy and drive of a man with low testosterone level.

In the past, many are worried with the side effects of testosterone replacement.  A common myth is that testosterone replacement causes prostate cancer.  Testosterone replacement DOES NOT increase the risk of prostate cancer.  However, patient with raised prostate cancer marker (PSA) and an existing prostate cancer should not take testosterone replacement.  Testosterone replacement also does not increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.  Hence it is important for one to have his blood tested regularly before and during testosterone replacement.

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