What You Need to Know About Andropause & Low Testosterone

Low Testosterone Specialists in the Bay Area CA
Men go through a period of hormone decline around middle age just as women do. Testosterone, which is the primary male sex hormone, starts decreasing in production in the early 30s. This hormone allows men to develop typical masculine characteristics such as a deep voice, facial hair, and well-defined muscles. It also produces sperm and prompts the penis and testes to develop fully.

Testosterone Decline Affects Other Hormones

As testosterone continues to decline in the 30s and 40s, men may develop a condition called andropause. Some people also refer to it as male menopause or hypogonadism. Men in the Bay Area can develop a number of physical and emotional symptoms due to andropause, such as low libido, lack of ambition, irritability, depression, muscle atrophy, weight gain, and insomnia.

Because the body’s hormones are interdependent on each other, the decline in testosterone causes other hormones to become unbalances as well. When men seek  Hormone Replacement Therapy in the San Francisco Bay Area, doctors are primarily concerned with balancing testosterone, cortisol, DHEA, and melatonin.

Understanding Male Hormones

Since hormone decline causes such widespread symptoms, it’s important to understand the role of individual hormones. Men who are experiencing imbalance of any of these hormones can find fast symptom relief and improved quality of life with Male Hormone Replacement in the Bay Area.

Testosterone – As mentioned above, testosterone is the primary male sex hormone manufactured by the testes. When testosterone starts to decline during andropause, the adrenal glands attempt to take over its production. However, a number of factors can inhibit the adrenal glands from doing their job. These include unrelenting stress, poor nutrition, illness, depression, and psychological trauma. Because the male body requires testosterone to function properly, the lack of it can cause all of the symptoms described above as well as increase the risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Cortisol – The adrenal glands make and release cortisol to help men deal with stress. Andropause symptoms may worsen when there is too much cortisol in relation to testosterone. When the imbalance isn’t treated, men can experience a weakened immune system, inflammation, more allergy symptoms, hypothyroidism, digestive disorders, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, slow healing from wounds, and a low sex drive.

DHEA – The adrenal glands produce DHEA, which in turn helps to produce testosterone. The hormone is most prevalent when men are in their 20s, but the typical man only has one-quarter of the DHEA he once had by age 70. In addition to aging, DHEA can decline due to smoking, stress, and prolonged illness. An imbalance of this hormone can lead to fatigue, joint pain, loss of muscle mass, weight gain, irritability, decreased immunity, and inability to deal with stress.

Melatonin – Having balanced levels of melatonin is essential for developing a normal sleep cycle. When the body produces too little melatonin, it also affects the functioning of human growth hormone and testosterone. The most common problems caused by an imbalance of melatonin include insomnia, sleep apnea, anxiety, depression, and accelerated aging.

Have more questions or want to find out if Male Hormone Replacement Therapy may be right for you? Contact a local San Francisco Bay Area Male Hormone Specialist on the Bay Area BHRT Locator® today to schedule your consultation now.

Find Bay Area Hormone Replacement Doctors Near You

Pacific Naturopathic

Pacific Naturopathic

1580 W. El Camino Real, Suite 7
Mountain View , California 94040

H.E.A.L.  Medical Corp.

H.E.A.L. Medical Corp.

2000 Van Ness St., Suite 501A
San Francisco, California 94109

Water's Edge Natural Medicine

Water’s Edge Natural Medicine

418 Willow Road
Menlo Park, California 94025

Evolved Medical

Evolved Medical

555 Soquel Ave, Suite 260
Santa Cruz, California 95062

Audra Foster, N.D.

Audra Foster, N.D.

1595 38th Avenue
Capitola, California 95010

Radiant Health SF

Radiant Health SF

3216 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, California 94123

South County Med Spa and Wellness Center

South County Med Spa and Wellness Center

9460 No Name Uno #245
Gilroy, CA 95020

Sacramento Naturopathic Medical Center

Sacramento Naturopathic Medical Center

2530 J Street Suite 100
Sacramento, California 95816

Embody Wellness

Embody Wellness

805 Wales Dr., Suite 2
Folsom, California 95630

Sacramento Center for Health and Healing

Sacramento Center for Health and Healing

2131 Capitol Ave, Suite 300
Sacramento, California 95816

Bob Porzio, D.O.

Bob Porzio, D.O.

2025 Forest Avenue, Suite 8
San Jose, California 95128

Optimal Health Spectrums

Optimal Health Spectrums

4463 Stoneridge Drive, Suite A
Pleasanton, California 94588

Sarah Anne Rothman N.D.

Sarah Anne Rothman N.D.

450 Dondee St Suite 5
Pacifica, California 94044