Male Hormone Therapy for Andropause and Low T
Sacramento Andropause and Low Testosterone Specialist, Elke Cooke, M.D. uses Hormone Replacement Therapy to help aging men find and achieve optimal hormone levels. Dr. Cooke will take the time to listen to you and learn about your needs, and will work with you to balance your hormones and get you feeling your very best!
Although andropause was first recognized in medical literature in the 1940s, it has only been in the last several years that the medical community as a whole has acknowledged it. Andropause, which is sometimes also referred to as hypogonadism or male menopause, is an umbrella term that describes the many physical and emotional affects that accompany hormonal changes brought about by aging. Unlike menopause in women which typically takes place in the 40s and 50s, andropause can come on much more gradually in men.
Bioidentical Hormones for Relief from Andropause Symptoms
Since traditional doctors have been slow to recognize the reality of andropause, the treatments they offer to men have often been less than effective. Assume for a moment that you go to your doctor complaining of erectile dysfunction, lack of focus, and loss of body hair. Since these initially appear to be unrelated problems, you may walk out of your doctor’s office with three different prescriptions. Unfortunately, the different drugs may not interact well with each other and cause harmful side effects. You’re left feeling worse than you did before, which can quickly spiral into feelings of hopelessness and depression.
Elke Cooke, M.D. does things differently. She listens to her male patients as they describe the various symptoms they may be experiencing to determine if there is a pattern consistent with male hormone deficiency. Dr. Cooke will then use her extensive training and years of experience to develop a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy tailored to address the male patient’s unique symptoms.
While all men experience different symptoms of andropause in varying degrees of severity, the following are most commonly associated with andropause:
- Erectile dysfunction
The inability to get an erection at all or to maintain one long enough for a satisfying sexual experience is called erectile dysfunction. Declining levels of testosterone is often to blame for this problem; Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can provide the hormones needed to improve or eliminate the symptoms of erectile dysfunction.
- Lowered sex drive
Adequate levels of testosterone are necessary to signal receptors in the brain and prepare the body to engage in sexual intercourse. When you suddenly lose interest in sex, it is usually due to insufficient testosterone levels. Fortunately, balancing these levels with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help both low libido and erectile dysfunction.
- Weight gain
If you’re putting on weight despite regular exercise and a healthy diet, it could be due to deficiencies in cortisol and testosterone. Balancing your testosterone and cortisol levels with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help prevent and eliminate hormone related weight gain.
Low testosterone levels are often a factor in fatigue, as are other problems associated with hormone imbalance like night sweats, sleep apnea, and insomnia. Fortunately, all of these conditions respond well to Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
- Night Sweats
Men can experience night sweats as a result of a hormone related condition. Depending on the intensity, night sweats can be accompanied by chills, nausea, headaches or an irregular heartbeat.
- Muscle Loss
As hormone levels begin to decline, a common side effect in the male body is muscle loss. Optimal testosterone levels promote healthy muscle growth and preservation, while decreasing hormones can lead to muscle atrophy.
A common side effect of andropause, depression can be caused by imbalanced or deficient hormone levels, but also can be made worse with the onset of various other andropause related symptoms. Gaining weight, feeling tired all the time and a lack of libido is enough to put any man’s mood down.
- Urinary Problems
Many aging men experience urinary problems connected to hormones. Urinary incontinence relates to a loss of bladder control and is one of many urinary problems experienced as a result of hormones.
- Male Hot Flashes
Similar to those experienced by women, male hot flashes are abrupt and intense sensations of warmth that typically affect the face, neck and upper body. Male hot flashes can occur in varying frequencies and can last from a few minutes to a full hour.
Defined as an atypical male breast enlargement, gynecomastia is a condition connected directly to male hormones. It is commonly found in newborns as a result of the mother’s estrogen still in the male child’s system. When gynecomastia presents itself in adulthood, treating it with a hormone replacement therapy is the most effective way to manage it.
- Hair Loss
A typical symptom of thyroid disorders, hair loss is directly related to male hormones and can mean more than just losing the hair on the head.
- Sleep Apnea
Low testosterone in men can contribute to sleep related conditions such as sleep apnea. Inhibited breathing and loud snoring disrupt sleep patterns as a side effect of sleep apnea. When testosterone levels are at their optimal balance it is actually easier to achieve deeper more restful sleep.
A general lack of patience or an inability to control temper and mood are sure signs of hormone related irritability in men. Although often caused by stress or low testosterone, irritability can also be caused by estrogen dominance.
For men who are experiencing the symptoms of andropause or other hormonal imbalances, Hormone Replacement Therapy offers a safe, proven treatment method. Elke Cooke, M.D. dedicates her practice to helping men achieve long-term health and feel a deep sense of satisfaction in life.