Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
What is Andropause?
Andropause is also referred to as “Male Menopause.” It describes a process of age-related changes in male hormone levels. Testosterone levels in men decline on average 1% every year after they turn 40 and an estimated 10-25% of older men have testosterone levels that are considered low, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Laboratory testing (i.e. blood, saliva, etc.) is necessary to determine an individual’s testosterone levels and to establish the need for testosterone replacement therapy. A man may be considered hypogonadal at any age if Total Testosterone is less than 200 ng/dl or Bioavailable Testosterone less than 60 ng/dl. Testosterone replacement therapy is only recommended for men whose testosterone levels are low and there are no contraindications.
Natural Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement is central to the treatment of all facets of Andropause. The term “Testosterone” is sometimes used when referring to both synthetic and natural testosterone. Central Drugs uses Testosterone USP, which is natural bioidentical micronized powder that has been approved by the United States Pharmacopoeia and is available as a bulk chemical. Upon a prescription order, our compounding pharmacists use Testosterone USP to prepare numerous dosage forms, such as transdermal cream or gel, sublingual troches or tabs, etc. Close monitoring is essential to ensure that appropriate dosage adjustments are made.
Signs and Symptoms of Andropause
- Decreased motivation and self confidence
- Loss of muscle mass and strength
- Reduced libido
- Difficulty in getting and maintaining erections
- Loss of mental sharpness
- Lack of energy
- Sleep disturbance
- Increased body fat
Goals of Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Adult Hypogonadal Men
- Improvement in psychological well-being and mood
- Improvement in erectile dysfunction
- Improvement in libido
- Increase muscle mass
- Increase strength and stature
- Preservation of bone mass
- Possible decrease in cardiovascular risk
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