Andropause Specialist

Toni Harrison, MD, ABAARM FAARM -  - Regenerative Medicine

Incredible Health

Toni Harrison, MD, ABAARM FAARM

Regenerative Medicine & Wellness Clinic located in Paradise Valley, AZ

As men get older, their hormone levels naturally decline as they experience a condition known as andropause. At Incredible Health, located in Paradise Valley, Arizona, Toni Harrison, MD, ABAARM, FAARM, will treat your low testosterone to get your hormones back on track as quickly as possible. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today. The practice is happy to support patients in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, and Phoenix, Arizona.

Andropause Q & A

What is andropause?

As men age, a condition called andropause can cause testosterone levels to decrease, which can affect energy levels and sex drive. Testosterone helps your body maintain:

  • Sex drive
  • Sperm production
  • Muscle mass and strength
  • Bone density
  • Body and facial hair
  • Red blood cell production

Beginning at age 40, testosterone drops by about 1-2% each year, which, over time, can lead to unpleasant symptoms. That’s why having your testosterone levels checked regularly is beneficial. Dr. Harrison uses a sample of your blood to monitor testosterone.

What are the symptoms of low testosterone?

If your testosterone levels are low, you may experience the following signs and symptoms:

  • Loss of sex drive
  • Infertility
  • Fewer erections
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Increases in body fat
  • Reduced muscle mass
  • Low bone density
  • Thinning beard and body hair
  • Development of breast tissue
  • Decreases in energy
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering things

Because of the nature of the side effects associated with low testosterone, catching this health condition early can be extremely beneficial.

What is the treatment for andropause?

Dr. Harrison uses bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy to restore hormone levels and your sex life. Bioidentical hormones have the same chemical structure as the natural hormones your body produces.

Dr. Harrison administers bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy by implanting tiny pellets under your skin, where they consistently release small doses of hormones. The pellets are replaced every 3-6 months.

After beginning testosterone therapy, you may notice an improvement in symptoms in just four to six weeks. However, it may take three to six months before you experience increases in muscle mass. Every man responds differently to testosterone replacement therapy, and your experience may be significantly different from that of a friend or family member. Dr. Harrison works closely with each man in her care to devise a customized testosterone replacement therapy approach.

To get started on a treatment plan for your andropause symptoms, call Incredible Health or click the online scheduling tool for an appointment.