Is male menopause a real medical condition? Well, not exactly, but an age-related drop in testosterone can produce a host of symptoms and health complications that may require medical attention.
“There is a lot of confusion about what it is, but testosterone is simply a hormone that’s produced between the brain and testicles,” explains Nikhil Shah, D.O., a urologist at Piedmont Physicians Group. “A guy who achieves normal testosterone levels functions at peak performance."
Symptoms of low testosterone, or hypogonadism, include:
A man with these symptoms should see his physician.
“Ask about a simple blood test, which can determine your testosterone levels,” he says.
Left untreated, low testosterone can lead to:
There are several treatment options for men with low testosterone, including:
“It’s critically important that you spend time with your healthcare provider and understand how testosterone can impact your life based on your family history and your current sexual function,” says Dr. Shah.
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