Male Menopause - What You Need to Know

Male menopause is something of a misnomer, actually; while women as they age experience a dramatic drop in several hormones associated with their ability to become pregnant, men find themselves a more gradual victim, where the levels of testosterone their bodies produce gradually tapers off. Some men find the change less problematic than others, but most are faced with levels of discomfort that range from an acute inability to focus to simply being less interested in sex. The good news is that low testosterone is a problem that medical science has a good answer to. If you’ve been diagnosed with low testosterone — what insiders simply call “low T” — you’ve got a few options, the most common of which is testosterone replacement therapy. Like hormone replacement therapy as it’s more widely understood for women, testosterone therapy is any of a number of treatment plans that are designed to raise the level of testosterone in your body — bringing you back to levels commonly associated with younger men, for example.

The result is profound and wide-reaching; increased energy levels can have extremely advantageous effects on overall health, leading to a greater desire to exercise and all the associated benefits that brings. Increases in sexual drive can lead to improvements in self-esteem and the quality of interpersonal relationships — combatting the effects of depression. And there is a wide body of evidence that suggests muscle mass, bone density and even cognitive abilities are improved with higher levels of testosterone.

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