Women are well aware that they will go through a quick and dramatic loss of hormones as they transition into menopause. But men don’t often know that their hormone levels also naturally decline and cause symptoms as they get older, a condition known as andropause. Toni Harrison, MD, ABAARM, FAARM, at Incredible Health effectively treats men and women using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to relieve symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, low libido, and muscle weakness. To schedule an appointment, use online booking or call the office in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Most women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 58, but the average age of menopause is 52. You’ve officially entered menopause after going 12 consecutive months without having a menstrual period.
Some women have few menopause symptoms, while others can’t sleep or concentrate at work due to severe hot flashes. In the years before, during, and after menopause, you may experience symptoms such as:
When levels of estrogen drop, the tissues lining your vagina become thin, dry, and fragile, a condition called vaginal atrophy. Estrogen also regulates the health of many tissues throughout your body. As a result, menopause increases your risk of weight gain and developing problems like osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
Hormone levels in men also decline as they get older. Although you won’t experience the dramatic drop in hormones that women go through at menopause, your hormones constantly and gradually decline over the years.
After the age of 30, testosterone levels can drop as rapidly as 2% every year. By the time men reach their 60s, they naturally have hypogonadism, or low testosterone. This condition is often called andropause.
When levels of testosterone get too low, you may experience:
Men may also find that low testosterone leads to weight gain and depression.
Dr. Harrison prescribes bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to restore hormone levels back to their normal range. Bioidentical hormones have the same chemical structure as the hormones your body normally produces. As a result, bioidentical hormones are metabolized the same way as your own hormones, which ensures optimal health.
Your bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is administered using tiny pellets. Dr. Harrison implants a pellet under your skin, where it consistently releases small doses of hormones for several months.
If you experience the symptoms associated with menopause or andropause, call Incredible Health or click on the online booking tab to schedule an appointment.