Andropause, also called late onset hypogonadism or low testosterone, is a term for the condition associated with the natural decrease in the hormone testosterone in men. This decrease in testosterone can lead to physical, emotional, physiological, and behavioral changes in men as they age. Typically, men go through these changes slowly over time, but they can appear suddenly in some circumstances. In some men, their production of testosterone will begin decreasing as early as their 30’s and will continue to decrease by 1% – 2% each year.
Symptoms of Andropause
- Decreased energy
- Decreased sex drive
- Decreased muscle strength
- Increased body fat
- Erectile dysfunction
- Mood swings
- Osteoporosis or decreased bone density
While all of these are symptoms of Andropause, they could also be symptoms of other diseases or conditions that a person is experiencing. Proper testing is important to accurately diagnose low testosterone levels.
It is important for patients to be properly monitored while on testosterone replacement therapy. Monitoring includes evaluating serum testosterone levels, hematocrit, and Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) for some men.