Integrative Medicine Specialists located in Templeton, CA
As men age, their hormone production begins to slow, especially after turning 50, causing a phase of life known as andropause. At the Plateroti Center, Carmelo Plateroti, DO, FAOCD, FAAD, offers custom hormone therapies to directly address the significant changes in your physical and mental health resulting from andropause. Find out more about available treatment options for andropause by calling the Templeton, California, office or using the online booking feature today.
Andropause Q & A
What is andropause?
Andropause, often known as male menopause, relates to changes in a man’s hormone levels as he ages. Typically, the condition affects men 50 and older who are experiencing a decrease in their testosterone hormones.
Testosterone is the hormone produced in the testes that influences sex drive and provides energy for mental and physical health. Testosterone also is responsible for maintaining healthy muscle mass and regulating the body’s natural fight-or-flight response.
What are the symptoms of andropause?
Andropause affects men differently and symptoms can vary in individuals. For some, aging causes no issues while others experience a significant disruption in their quality of life.
Common symptoms of andropause include:
- Lack of energy
- Erectile dysfunction
- Increased body fat
- Difficulty concentrating
- Depression and anxiety
Men can also begin developing gynecomastia, or breast tissue, as a result of decreased testosterone production.
How is andropause diagnosed?
During your consultation, Dr. Plateroti reviews your medical history and current symptoms before performing a comprehensive physical exam.
To confirm a decrease in hormone levels, Dr. Plateroti orders a blood test.
What treatment options are available for andropause?
Initially, your treatment for andropause may include changes to your lifestyle. Dr. Plateroti can help you develop a healthy diet and exercise plan to keep you in good physical condition. He may also recommend tips for reducing stress at work and at home to reduce the severity of your symptoms.
If your symptoms become disruptive and make it difficult for you to engage in your normal routine, Dr. Plateroti may suggest hormone replacement therapy.
Hormone replacement therapy relies on bioidentical hormones to rebalance your hormone levels and alleviate your symptoms. Bioidentical hormones are a safe and effective way to provide your body what it needs to function optimally.
Dr. Plateroti customizes your hormone dosages based on the severity of your symptoms and your specific health needs. It can take some time for your hormones to level out, but you should see a noticeable reduction in symptoms within a month of starting treatment.
Over time, Dr. Plateroti may adjust your hormone dosages throughout your therapy to keep your symptoms well-controlled.
If symptoms of andropause are interfering with your quality of life, there’s no reason to suffer any longer. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Plateroti to learn more about hormone replacement therapy online or by phone.