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ANDROPAUSE – THE “MEN” IN MENOPAUSE

Andropause – THE “MEN” IN MENOPAUSE

MEN, LISTEN UP

So, you get to what you think is life’s halfway stage. Something feels different. You can’t sleep, or you sleep too much. You can get irritable or angry for no reason. Your moods are like shapeshifters. You look in the mirror and wonder where did your pecs go only to be replaced by love handles you hate. Sex? Take it or leave it. Could be menopause or better know as andropause. No, we’re not kidding. The term “male menopause” actually characterizes the age-related hormonal changes that gradually take place in all men as they get older. And we’re not talking “older”, as in starting to walk over the hill with a walker. In particular, this natural transition affects a man’s testosterone levels. They decline. Sometimes with your health, and overall way of life.

WOULD IT MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER TO CALL MALE MENOPAUSE “ANDROPAUSE”?

Male menopause and andropause are really one and the same. So we’ll go with andropause here.

Andropause, derived from the Greek for ‘when masculinity ceases’, is used to describe the male condition that shares some of the same symptoms as women’s menopause. Andropause differs from female menopause in several ways. For one thing, not all men experience it. For another, it doesn’t involve a complete shutdown of your reproductive organs. Women’s menopause is a well-defined period of time that begins as soon as ovulation ends. Women’s hormones plummet during a relatively short time. In men, the production of testosterone and other hormones declines much more slowly.

WATCH OUT, MEN

According to the Mayo Clinic, most men’s testosterone levels peak in adolescence and early adulthood. After age 30 or 40, those levels tend to decline by about 1 percent per year. By age 70, your testosterone level might reach closer to 50 percent of your peak level. Approximately 30% of men in their 50s will experience symptoms of andropause. But hold it…more and more studies are showing more and more younger men—even in their 20’s, experiencing andropause. Low testosterone can happen to any guy. At any age, really.

TESTOSTERONE PUTS MEN TO THE TEST

By any name, low testosterone can be troublesome. As it wanes, it starts to lose some of its superpower hormone status. In some cases, depression may be the first symptom of low T that men notice. They just attribute it to the age of anxiety we’ve been living in fighting the pandemic, fighting for social justice, and just plain fighting over politics. So they may go to a shrink before they think to get their testosterone levels checked. The sexual side effects of andropause are another of the most common symptoms, and men are even less inclined to see someone about it. The problem is, that ED, loss of libido, less firm erections, and testicular shrinkage don’t just disappear if you don’t think about them.

HOT FLASH; MEN GET HOT FLASHES, TOO

Oh, and night sweats. Increased body fat. Decreased bone density. Reduced muscle mass. Rapid hair loss. Brain fog. Trouble focusing. Persistent fatigue. Enlarged breasts. And ooh no…belly jelly. If your testosterone level drops, you may accumulate more fat around your middle. In turn, an enzyme in your fat tissue converts testosterone to estrogen. This can cause your testosterone level to drop even more.

WISE MEN

“Not feeling yourself” is an understatement. But learning to understand the full impact of low testosterone and seeking out real help is the smartest thing you could do for yourself. And we don’t mean your general doctor. Because generally, they don’t specialize in hormone imbalances. And most likely, they’ll diagnose your ailments as anything but andropause. In fact, it will probably never even come up in the conversation. This is why it’s important for you to find a medical professional you can trust with a treatment that fits you as a whole.

MEN, THIS COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING.

The good way.

For more than 18 years, Thrive Health Solutions has been treating patients for hormone imbalances. The medical hormone experts at Thrive probably know more about testosterone than anyone in the Denver area. Their entire staff of professionals has one goal—to make you feel your best. They want to know all about you. And the first thing they’re going to want to know is whether or not low testosterone is really what’s going on. Advanced tests will tell them your precise levels. If your numbers are low, Thrive knows exactly what to do. Just for you. Safe, natural, and individualized bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy that could include pellets or easy-to-take testosterone injections, makes it possible for Thrive to manage many of the negative side-effects associated with age-related testosterone decline. Menopause? What menopause?  Call Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment now.

LOW TESTOSTERONE IN MEN: TRUE OR FALSE

Low Testosterone in Men, true or false

LOW TESTOSTERONE IN MEN CAN GIVE THEM JELLY BELLY: True
When you can pinch handfuls instead of inches and you’re not Netflix food binging, good chance your spare tire could be tanking testosterone levels that affect your metabolism.

TESTOSTERONE IS A HORMONE MADE PRIMARILY IN A MAN’S TESTICLES: True
The process of producing it starts early. In fact, a male fetus can get erections in the womb

MEN DON’T GET OSTEOPOROSIS: False
Not just a woman thing, guys. Testosterone is critical to building your bone density, too.

ONLINE TESTOSTERONE BOOSTERS REALLY WORK:  False
Unless you want products that come from who knows where with who knows what in them that have zero impact, aren’t FDA approved, and could have serious side effects.

TESTOSTERONE THERAPY INCREASES SPERM COUNT: True
Something daddies and would-be daddies might want to consider.

MEN SEEK OUT TESTOSTERONE BOOSTERS BECAUSE OF LOW LIBIDO OR ED: True
Low Testosterone in men is usually the culprit.

ELK ANTLERS ARE NATURAL TESTOSTERONE BOOSTERS: False
Research has shown it might be beneficial to hamsters, though.

HIGH LEVELS OF STRESS CAN DECREASE TESTOSTERONE LEVELS: True
Gee, think we’re in times of relenting high stress now?

IF YOU BOOZE, YOU LOSE (TESTOSTERONE): True
It takes only 5 days of regular drinking for your testosterone levels to drop. So back off the pandemic partaking.

LOW TESTOSTERONE CAN INCREASE THE RISK OF CARDIAC HEALTH: True
This alone should be a good reason to have your testosterone levels checked.

YOU WANT TO STAY AWAY FROM TESTOSTERONE INJECTIONS: Absolutely not. Oh, False
With injections, like those you get at Thrive Health Solutions, they know exactly how much each individual patient requires. Levels are easy to monitor, and adjustments can be made as needed during your treatment program. Injections guarantee 100% direct absorption. They’re fast-acting and can help improve your levels within 30 days.

PELLETS THERAPY IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS INJECTIONS: False
The advantage of pellets as a treatment method is that the patient only needs to go into a medical office for the procedure 4 times per year as the pellets generally last 90 days before being completely absorbed by the body and needing to be replaced. Fewer visits, less to think about.

THRIVE HEALTH SOLUTIONS IS THE ONLY PLACE TO GO FOR TESTOSTERONE THERAPY: True
That is if you want the best. If you want the most experienced hormone specialists who have been treating men of all ages with unparallel results. The hormone professionals at Thrive make it easy to talk testosterone. To talk about any issues you are having—even sexual—with thoughtfulness and care. Once simple tests tell the medical experts at Thrive exactly where your levels are, they can discuss whether injections or pellets fit into your lifestyle better.

You should text or call Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment now to find out more. Are you kidding? Oh, of course, a huge “True”

NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT LOW TESTOSTERONE

LET’S TALK LOW TESTOSTERONE FOR A MINUTE

Of our 150 or so hormones that keep us alive that you could surely never name, testosterone is one of those hormones you know something about. Or so you think. Say “testosterone” and the first word that comes to mind, is “men”. Being testosterone-fueled is something men aspire to, and women look for in a man. Testosterone=sex. It’s what makes a man a man. Well, actually women have testosterone, too. Testosterone is produced by testes in men and by the ovaries in women though in much smaller amounts. It is also produced by the adrenal glands in both sexes. Low testosterone in men and low testosterone in women can both lead to a variety of health issues which we’ll go into in a bit.

ALL LAUGHTER ASIDE

While they say laughter is the best medicine, the fact is, that low testosterone in men and low testosterone in women can have disturbing effects on the body. Dead serious. Low levels of testosterone, also called Low T, can produce both internal and external symptoms, both physical and emotional. These include:

  • Increased fat and weight gain
  • Loss of body and facial hair
  • Reduced bone density and brittle bones
  • Reduced sperm count and infertility
  • Low libido
  • Low self-esteem
  • Limited sperm production
  • Loss of muscle mass and strength
  • Memory loss and lack of concentration
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression and anger
  • Less red blood cell production
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Increased fatigue
  • Hot flashes

DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR TESTOSTERONE LEVELS ARE?

Pretty sure what your answer is. Well, as you’ve seen, low testosterone is no joke. It’s quite possible that you go through your days feeling some of the things above and would never even think to attribute it to low testosterone. You might go to see your primary doctor and they could easily diagnose it as something else. They wouldn’t think to test your testosterone levels. It’s not their area of expertise. You need to consult with someone who is an expert at knowing how to diagnose and treat both men with low testosterone and women with low testosterone. You need to consult with the experts at Thrive Health Solutions.

Thrive has years of experience treating patients with both testosterone injections and testosterone pellets. The testosterone used in both is bioidentical which means it is the same as your body produces naturally, making it safer than any synthetic testosterone you can find online or over-the-counter. Thrive will explain everything you want to know about injections and pellets. They will answer any questions about what is right for you, and what works with your lifestyle and your wallet.  A simple blood test is all it takes to tell them if your testosterone levels are low enough to benefit from testosterone therapy. No one at Thrive will ever talk you into something you don’t need. Call or text Thrive Health Solutions at (303) 790-8446 now to feel your absolute best. Take low testosterone seriously.

THE LOWDOWN ON LOW TESTOSTERONE AND THE LOW T SHOT

Low testosterone is all about sex, (not having it, you think) right? All you know, really, is that you want it…lots of it. It’s what makes a man a man. Enough of it can raise you to the level of a super man. But low testosterone levels can cause a lot more trouble than trouble between the sheets. A Low T shot can do a lot to help. Low T shot? Read on, men, we’ll get to that.

EVERYTHING YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT LOW TESTOSTERONE AND LOW T SHOT

You probably (hopefully) know that testosterone is a hormone. This “male hormone” as it is often known, is produced by the gonads, although small quantities are also produced by the adrenal glands. Yes, it has a role in how you roll with the opposite sex, but it plays a big role in a long list of other important stuff.  Low T, untreated, can lead to:

  • Weight gain (even obesity)
  • Less body hair
  • Thinner bones (osteoporosis-no it’s not just for women)
  • Loss of muscle mass and strength
  • Less red blood cell production
  • Increased fatigue
  • Sleep apnea
  • Emotional changes like anger, and loss of memory, concentration and depression

It’s all depressing. But a Low T shot can take it all on.

TAKE THIS LOW TESTOSTERONE TEST

When it comes to the topic of low testosterone it’s questions and more questions. Can you answer any of these?

What Causes Low T?

Could be a number of things. Some more unusual, some not so: it could have been a problem from birth, undescended testicles, obesity, high levels of the hormone prolactin (maybe you should get that looked at), HIV, AIDS, excess estrogen (maybe you should get that looked at), sleep apnea, excess alcohol, high levels of stress, and of course, aging. Which gets us to the next question.

Can Men In Their 20s Have Low T?

Definite yes. Testosterone levels tend to peak in men during adolescence and early adulthood. Those levels typically decline by about 1 percent each year, starting around age 30. These rates do accelerate with age. But in some cases, 20 could be the magic number.

Are Over-The-Counter Testosterone Treatments as Good as Low T shots?

Definite no. Not zinc, ginger, peppermint or vitamin D. No Amazon orders of fertility fuels, mega male or testo boosters. And certainly not fenugreek, ashwagandha or elk antler velvet. (It’s been tried).

Are Steroids A Good Treatment for Low T?

While you might have “The Rock” envy, anabolic steroids can cause severe acne, oily skin and hair, or even hair loss. Worse, it can lead to liver disease, kidney disease, even heart attacks and strokes.

Do You Feel Any Of The Symptoms Mentioned Above?

RESTORE TESTOSTERONE THE RIGHT WAY WITH A LOW T SHOT PACKAGE

If your answer to the last question was even “maybe”, you owe it to yourself to get your testosterone level checked. Which means you should head to Thrive Health Solutions.

Everyone at Thrive understands just talking about your testosterone levels could be a delicate subject. So they start by answering any of your questions, and take the time to explain all about testosterone replacement therapy, including the Low T shot which is both powerful and fast acting. To determine what’s really right for you, first they check your testosterone levels with a simple blood test. This allows the medical specialists at Thrive to create a unique, highly individualized treatment plan which could include a Low T shot package. Low testosterone doesn’t have to get you down a minute more. Text or call Thrive Health Solutions at (303) 790-8446 now. And take a shot at feeling your best.

A TALE OF LOW T

Ah, testosterone. Images of bulked up hunks, revved up and raging to go…Burly, sometimes bully, macho maniacs just itching to get in someone’s face. Over anything. Well, sorry to break into your colorful reverie, but there is a lot more to Low T, misunderstood testosterone than you’d imagine.

But let’s start simple; testosterone is a hormone. Often called the “male hormone”. Made from cholesterol. (Interesting, huh?) Produced in the testicles (spoiler alert; women have it too, but we’ll get to that later) it is secreted into the body and is the genetic driver to the growth and maturing of sexual organs and sexual identity. When it’s working at full power, you’re going full speed ahead. But when testosterone levels begin to unlevel off…well that’s another thing. Hello Low T.

WHERE HAS YOUR SEX DRIVE DRIVEN?

According to the American Urological Association, both men and women in their 30’s begin to experience low testosterone or what’s referred to as Low T. It isn’t just aging that makes testosterone tank. While the production of testosterone starts to increase significantly during puberty, it begins to dip after age 30 or so. (Bye-bye…) No matter what age, Low T levels can produce a variety of symptoms in men, including: (you’re not going to like this)

  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of muscle mass and strength
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep apnea
  • Reduced bone density (not just for gals, guys…)
  • Less red blood cell production
  • Less energy
  • Depression and mood changes
  • Decreased body hair
  • Increased breast size (Oh no, the dreaded moobs…)
  • Hot flashes (Could it get any worse?)

Glad you asked. Because yes, there’s the whole sex thing. Testosterone isn’t the only fuel for a man’s sex drive and performance. But Low T can absolutely reduce your ability to have satisfying sex. And doesn’t unsatisfying sex sound like an oxymoron? Low T can make it difficult to get or maintain erections. (Not too pleasing to your partner, either.) And speaking of partners, it can also reduce levels of semen and sperm production. Less of the usable man-stuff floating around in your blood. (Good to know if you’re thinking of producing any little kiddos.) Face it, when your libido lags, your self-esteem isn’t far behind.

WOMEN, START YOUR TESTOSTERONE

How little is truly known about sex in the stronger, just as incredible as men sex—women. Fact; women do have testosterone. They produce it in their ovaries and adrenal glands, albeit in less amounts than men. (We do ace out in estrogen, however). A woman’s testosterone levels naturally change throughout her life, her menstrual cycle, and even at different times of the day. But Low T in women is most common when they are pre and post-menopausal. As with men, Low T can mean trouble in the way the body functions. Or rather, disfunctions. This list of symptoms ought to lower more than your T:

  • Loss of muscle tone in arms and legs (Dingle, dangle anyone?)
  • Fatigue
  • Thinner hair
  • Drier skin
  • Depression
  • Increased body fat (Love handles, heavens…)
  • Loss of bone density/osteoporosis (Beware those broken bones).
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fertility issues
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Vaginal dryness (Give us a break…)
  • Poor memory or concentration
  • And like men, we can’t forget sex: (How can we forget sex?)
  • Loss of libido (Perhaps you’ve heard of “not tonight, honey?)

And to top it off…painful intercourse. Frankly, it’s all painful.

THE LOW T GAME; POP IT, PATCH IT, GEL IT, NEEDLE IT

There are multiple options for testosterone delivery to battle Low T. Over the counter T-Booster supplements don’t have anything to support claims of actually increasing testosterone.  Then there are topical creams and gels. Messy. Sticky. Not just icky, but iffy when it comes to levels of absorption. Patches? Just as problematic. Maybe more so. Just take a gander at the lengthy instructions they come with. Are they kidding? Maybe the only instruction they come with should be “Do not do this at home”.

TESTOSTERONE; WHY PELLETS ARE PERFECT

Testosterone pellets are a form of hormone replacement therapy for both women and men that have been around since the 1930’s. So we’re not talking some newfangled thing here. Something untested or unproven. Pellets, which are about the size of a grain of rice and are easily and painlessly inserted under the skin. The body begins to slowly metabolize the pellets, releasing a steady, optimal dose of hormones, much like our normal function, over three to six months. No remembering to take pills, deal with messy patches or creams. And only with pellets can you be confident that your body is getting the exact amount of hormones it needs. Which eliminates an up and down roller coaster effect that comes with other forms of testosterone delivery.

NOT SURE ABOUT PELLETS; TRY T INJECTIONS

Testosterone injections are relatively new to the market and should be administered by a medical practice like Thrive Health Solutions. The injections are painless subcutaneous testosterone injections with a tiny needle. They are a great solution for both men and women with the added bonus of a time release effect by injecting into the fat. Which make these injections so much easier and comfortable to self-administer. The T Injections, also known as the T shot, are an alternative to the pellets for those who are suffering from Low T but are not ready for the expense of pellet therapy. With T Injections you get weekly injections and after a few weeks, you can determine if a testosterone treatment is working for you.

To get it exactly perfect, means finding the right medical experts trained and experienced in all types of hormone replacement therapy including testosterone pellet or injection therapy. And there is no one you can feel more confident with than the professionals at Thrive Health Solutions. When Thrive meets with you, they perform an in-depth evaluation which includes a detailed health history and bloodwork to help them determine if testosterone therapy is right for you. And they only do what is right for you. If you don’t actually need testosterone therapy, they won’t do it. If you do, they’’ll explain everything in detail, and there is no question too small for you to ask. Make an appointment now. And get your whole body back in drive.