Andropause, known as male menopause, is a very common health issue affecting many American men. Symptoms can be wide ranging, and include fatigue, depression, weight gain, loss of muscle mass, decreased motivation, low sex drive, poor erections, irritability, anxiety, and worsening sleep. These symptoms can occur in males starting as early as the 20s, and increase in likelihood as men get older. The cause of these symptoms is a decrease in the body’s testosterone levels, which allows estrogen to play a more dominant role than it should. Andropause can occur as a result of numerous factors, including prolonged stress, organ dysfunction, chronic illness, poor diet, and certain prescription medications.
Unfortunately, in our society, men have been conditioned to “be tough” and told “don’t complain.” This has resulted in many men who know they are not at their best, and endure subpar health for years, because they do not allow themselves to truly admit that they need help. Complicating this picture is the fact that very few doctors are trained to look for testosterone deficiency, and most of those who are do not know how to properly treat it and monitor it.
At The Center for Advanced Medicine, we believe that all men should have optimal levels of testosterone. This is the level at which your body is the healthiest and functioning at its peak. Measuring your body’s testosterone is achieved through a simple blood test, and the decision to start testosterone replacement is based on blood test results, your symptoms, and other health issues. We use only the highest purity, pharmaceutical grade testosterone which behaves and acts like the testosterone your body already makes. This can be administered through a topical gel applied each day, or a shot which is given weekly.
Testosterone replacement therapy, when administered in the right patients and properly monitored, is very safe and effective. Dr. Stegall has advanced training in testosterone replacement therapy and is an expert in managing the patients on testosterone replacement therapy in our practice. The results are consistently amazing!