What is Andropause?

Andropause is the gradual but progressive hormonal decline in men which occurs with aging.  Androgens refer to male-like hormones, although women also have androgens—but lower levels than men.  Andropause is also known as “male menopause” or PADAM – Partial Androgen Deficiency in the Aging Male. The predominant male hormone, testosterone, peaks in men at age 25 and begins to decline thereafter.  By age 30, testosterone levels drop by about 10 percent every decade. By age seventy, most men have 30 to 50 percent less available testosterone than they had when they were young. Low testosterone has a number of negative effects on mental, sexual and physical health. The most common type of treatment for testosterone deficiency is known as testosterone replacement therapy.
Andropause Self-Questionnaire
A diagnosis of andropause is made based upon a patient’s history (symptoms), physical examination, and laboratory tests. Using a screening questionnaire can also be helpful. The most useful one is the ADAM Questionnaire, (Androgen Decline in the Aging Male).  Men answering “yes” to questions 1, 7 or a combination of any 4 or more may be candidates for testosterone replacement therapy.
ADAM Questionnaire
1.      Do you have decreased interest in sex (libido)?
2.      Do you have lack of energy?
3.      Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance?
4.      Have you lost height?
5.      Have you noticed a decrease in enjoyment of life?
6.      Are you sad and/or grumpy?
7.      Are your erections less strong?
8.      Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play a sport you used to play well?
9.      Are you falling asleep after dinner?
10.  Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance?
So if you or a loved one maybe suffering from Andropause, call Southern California Center For Anti-Aging today for more information at 424.247.4962 and feel like yourself again.