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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.

BHRT; SO MANY QUESTIONS

WHAT IS BHRT?

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. An acronym for energy, fitness and overall good health. You probably get the “replacement” and “therapy” part, but the” bioidentical “and “hormone” …mmm, probably not entirely. So before we get any deeper into BHRT, let’s start at the beginning; hormones.

WHAT ARE HORMONES?

Hormones are fluctuating chemical messengers that circulate in the bloodstream and affect the function of every cell and organ in our body. They coordinate everything from digestion and growth to your appetite, immune function, brain function, and libido. We couldn’t live without them. There is a progressive drop in hormone levels as both men and women age. As the levels decline, health quickly follows.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED BHRT?

80% of all adults over 40 are hormonally imbalanced. Two of the most important hormones which are often treated with BHRT are estrogen and testosterone. Spoiler alert; both men and women, have both. While most men don’t have a lot of estrogen, it plays a part in their heart, bone and brain health. Testosterone plays a role in the growth and maintenance of red cells, female reproductive tissue and bone mass.

Symptoms of hormone imbalance in men include:

  • Erectile dysfunction (Yikes.)
  • Hair loss (Yikes.)
  • Fatigue or loss of energy (Not good.)
  • Increased body fat (Really not good.)
  • Heart palpitations (Scary.)
  • Depression or anxiety (Depressing.)
  • Man boobs (No. No. Please, no.)

Symptoms of hormone imbalance in women include:

  • Heavy, irregular or painful periods (Ouch.)
  • Osteoporosis (Break more than a leg.)
  • Weight gain (Toss the scale.)
  • Thinning hair (Not exactly sexy.)
  • Increased hair growth on face, neck, chest or back (Gotta be kidding me.)
  • Insomnia (A million sheep and counting.)
  • Acne (Pimple time.)

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY (BHRT) AND SYNTHETIC HORMONE THERAPY (HRT)?

Bio-identical hormones are exactly that—identical.

Clinically the same as those naturally produced by the body. This allows the body to use them in exactly the same manner as it does its own hormones. Which means they can safely and easily be absorbed and processed by the body without rejection.

Synthetic hormones are exactly that—synthetic.

Artificial. Fake. The hormones used in traditional HRT are made from the urine of pregnant horses and other synthetic hormones which the body recognizes as foreign substances they try to reject. This can come with negative side effects including links to higher risk of certain cancers.

HOW IS BHRT ADMINISTERED?

Where standard HRT can be delivered by pills you can forget, messy gels or sticky patches, bioidentical hormones are delivered in the form of hormone replacement pellets (both estrogen and testosterone), and testosterone injections. Because, as we’ve mentioned above, men and women both have testosterone and estrogen whose levels can become imbalanced, hormone pellets and testosterone injections are safe, proven options for both.

SO, WHAT ARE HORMONE REPLACEMENT PELLETS?

Pellets are uniquely compounded bioidentical hormones about the size of a cooked grain of rice, painlessly placed just under the skin as an in-office procedure. They deliver a consistent, steady and healthy level of hormones into the bloodstream over a period of a few months, preventing the rollercoaster-like effects of regular one-size-fits-all HRT.  They also bypass the liver avoiding possible clotting factors, blood pressure, glucose or liver function.

WHAT ABOUT TESTOSTERONE INJECTIONS?

The primary use of testosterone injections is as a treatment for sexual dysfunction in males and postmenopausal symptoms in females. As with pellets, the amount of testosterone in every injection is custom created to administer exactly the right amount to keep the levels in the bloodstream flowing evenly. Testosterone injections are given every 7 to 22 days depending on the degree of imbalance. This allows for careful ongoing monitoring and dosing.

WHERE DO I GO WHERE THEY REALLY KNOW ALL ABOUT BHRT?

Thrive Health Solutions.

The medical professionals at Thrive have had endless years of experience with BHRT. They understand the intricacies of precisely administering the exact amount of hormones your body needs, based upon advanced testing. Every individual is different, so every protocol is individualized. Over-the-counter or online hormones are like playing guessing games with your health. You can’t self-diagnose true hormone imbalance and you can’t count on those products as really being what they claim. At Thrive Health Solutions, BHRT is held to the highest standards of safety and purity. If you’re looking for a naturally effective way to increase your energy, decrease excess fat, increase muscle mass improve your sleep, lift libido, reduce inflammation, bolster immune function and so much more, you’ve found the solution; BHRT at Thrive Health Solutions. Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Call Thrive for an appointment now. And know what it feels to feel truly balanced.