Bioidentical Hormones for Andropause (Male Menopause)
Las Vegas Andropause Doctor, Mitchel Phillips, D.O. at Phillips Family Practice Clinic specializes in helping men to regain hormonal balance. Las Vegas Hormone Replacement Therapy programs can help men experiencing hormone imbalances to regain their health, balance, and quality of life. For men, testosterone is one of the main male sex hormones, and it can begin to decline as early as his early thirties. However, during a man’s 40’s or 50’s, it takes a steep drop, which instigates the stage of a man’s life known as andropause.
Andropause is the phase that signifies male hormone decline, and it can also be described as a man’s “mid-life” crisis. During andropause, testosterone can become deficient, which can drastically reduce the quality of life and manifest multiple unpleasant symptoms. Because hormones depend on each other for function, when testosterone declines, other hormones may also become imbalanced. Important hormones such as cortisol, DHEA, and melatonin can become imbalanced due to a testosterone deficiency.
Testosterone is known to be mostly present in males; however, it is also produced in smaller amounts in females. In men, the testicles are the primary sites for testosterone production, but the adrenal glands also supply minor amounts. Testosterone controls a number of functions in the human body, and deficiencies can lead to a number of health issues. Testosterone deficiency can be caused by aging, adrenal fatigue, chemotherapy, depression, and trauma, and symptoms of testosterone decline may include fatigue, erectile dysfunction, emotional sensitivity, weight gain, loss of pubic hair, thinning dry hair, low libido, muscle atrophy, high LDL, which is bad cholesterol, and decreased muscle tone.
Cortisol is known as the stress hormone, and it is the only hormone that increases with age. It is produced by the adrenal glands, along with testosterone after the testicles decrease hormone production. After a long period of time with increased cortisol levels, the adrenals can stop producing adequate amounts of cortisol. This can impair the adrenals production of testosterone, which can cause a cortisol and testosterone imbalance. When these imbalances occur, a person may experience increased allergies, lower libido, slow wound healing, low thyroid function, digestive issues, feeling overwhelmed, low blood pressure, and low blood sugar.
DHEA is responsible for the production of testosterone, and it is a hormone produced mainly in the adrenal glands. During a man’s 20’s, DHEA is abundant, but by the age of 70, the body only makes one quarter of the amount of DHEA it made during youth. DHEAdeficiencies can be caused by aging, illness, smoking, and stress, and symptoms of deficiencies can include fatigue, feeling overwhelmed with stress, muscle atrophy, weight gain, irritability, joint pain, lowered immunity, and anxiety.
Melatonin is another hormone that becomes imbalanced with age, stress, lack of sleep, or a poor diet, and it functions to set the body’s cycles, which includes causing drowsiness when it is time to sleep and waking the body up in the morning. Imbalances in melatonin affect all hormones because they are involved in the body’s cycles and functions; however, melatonin deficiencies mostly affect the functioning of testosterone and growth hormone. Andropause is the time when most men experience melatonin deficiencies, and symptoms of insomnia, cancer, accelerated aging, or poor moods may be indicators that melatonin levels are low.
Las Vegas Andropause Doctor, Mitchel Phillips can help his male patients to determine which hormones are deficient or imbalanced, and he can use BHRT to supplement these deficiencies. A countless number of men have been able to regain their quality of life and vitality through the use of Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.