The Struggle of Andropause
Boulder Testosterone Therapy Doctor, Donna Nikander, DNP, has seen many men struggle with the symptoms of declining hormone levels, including testosterone. She understands the life-altering changes that come along with aging.
Most people, even men, are familiar with menopause, the time in women’s lives when hormone production begins to drop considerably. But did you know that men experience a similar phase of hormone decline? It’s true, and this time in a man’s life is known as andropause.
Some men are surprised to learn about andropause. When women enter menopause, their menstrual cycle comes to an end and they are no longer able to become pregnant. Men do not experience the same drastic change to their bodies, which is why men are generally less aware of and prepared for andropause.
What is Andropause?
Andropause is a period of time when a man begins producing far less testosterone than in his younger days. Testosterone is a vital hormone important for many bodily processes. Drops in testosterone levels can produce severe symptoms. On average, symptoms of andropause begin to develop in a man’s 40’s and 50’s, although they can develop at any time. Boulder Testosterone Therapy Doctor, Donna Nikander, DNP, specializes in helping men in Boulder County, Colorado and the surrounding Boulder CO Metropolitan Area to overcome the effects of low testosterone.
- Some of the common symptoms of Andropause can include:
- Hair loss
- Lack of Sexual Desire
- Loss of Muscle Mass
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Weight Gain
Causes of Andropause
Testosterone levels naturally begin to decline in men around the age of 30. Testosterone normally declines steadily at a rate of about 1% per year—this is true of both men and women. Because this decline is so small and gradual, most men will not notice any drastic changes and can continue living normally, staying active and enjoying healthy sex lives.
However, there are some factors that can cause additional stress on the body and endocrine system, lowering testosterone levels further and producing symptoms with increased severity. Like any hormone in our bodies, healthy testosterone production relies on a healthy lifestyle, which includes getting adequate sleep each night, exercising throughout the week, consuming a healthy diet and managing stress in a healthy manner.
Because of the on-the-go, always-plugged-in lifestyle that many of us live these days, our bodies often have a hard time keeping up with the demands that we place on them. In conjunction with the natural testosterone decline that we all experience, these added stressors can diminish testosterone levels even further, causing andropause to occur earlier or more severely. Talk to Dr. Nikander today to learn if low hormone levels are the root of your symptoms.
Effective Andropause Treatment with Low T Therapy
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above and you believe your hormones are to blame, you deserve to know that Boulder Testosterone Therapy Doctor, Donna Nikander, DNP, has a solution.
Testosterone Therapy is a treatment option that supplements your body with the hormones that it should be producing at appropriate levels. For men suffering with andropause that want to balance their hormone decline and prevent erratic, potentially dangerous fluctuations of testosterone levels, Dr. Nikander’s custom treatment programs may be the solution you need.
Men’s Health Expert in Boulder, CO
Boulder Testosterone Therapy Doctor, Donna Nikander, DNP, is skilled in identifying low testosterone and other hormone imbalances that can help you overcome the symptoms of andropause. She will begin by reviewing your medical history, as well as requesting tests so that they may observe your hormone levels and determine whether you are experiencing significant hormone imbalances or decline.
Getting older doesn’t have to mean feeling worse. Dr. Nikander’s customized Testosterone Therapy plans you can reverse your symptoms and continue living your life the way you want to live it. Don’t be at the mercy of your hormones any longer, take control of your body and your life.