Male Menopause (Andropause)
Does testosterone cause prostate cancer?
Look around you at all of the teenage boys strutting around with testosterone raging through their system? Are they dropping like flies from prostate cancer? And why is it that prostate cancer strikes older men – men who have lower testosterone levels as they age? No study has ever proven that prostate cancer is caused by testosterone. Interestingly the worst of the prostate cancers occur in men with a longstanding low level of testosterone.
Does testosterone replacement stop a man’s own production of testosterone? What is HCG?
Long term, high dose injectable testosterone will suppress a man’s natural secretion and can possibly cause the testicles to shrink in size. This is less of a problem with creams. The ‘reversibility’ of this suppression over time is different for each individual male. hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone that stimulates the testicles to produce their own testosterone. We like to use this in men who are younger who still want children (testosterone shots decrease sperm count too). We can also use a blend of testosterone and hCG to reduce the chances of small testicles and lower the dose of testosterone needed.
For older men, they are taking testosterone because their own secretion has become inadequate to support them. So suppressing their ‘natural’ testosterone secretion isn’t a big deal since these men will usually be on testosterone supplementation for life – or as long as they want to feel better and avoid the onset and progression of chronic disease.
Is there such a thing as male menopause?
Yes, and the fancy medical name for it is andropause. Men lose their testosterone over time and start noticing things like decreased muscle mass, weight gain, less physical endurance, lower sex drive, loss of decisiveness, poor memory, irritability, and decreased sexual performance. They also increase their risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes – all from low testosterone.