Posts made in December 2017

Men’s Health FAQs: Do Men Go Through Menopause?

stethoscope for health checkupAt Pinnacle Men’s Health, we get a lot of questions from our patients about men’s sexual health. Asking questions is one of the first steps in taking control of your health and well-being, and we take pride in being a resource for men seeking answers. You shouldn’t feel intimidated, embarrassed, or unprepared; we can help as we specialize specifically in men’s health and provide all of our patients with the tools and knowledge they need to make smart decisions about treatments designed to restore the ability to perform.

One common question is, “Do men experience the same form of menopause that women do?”

The answer is that both men and women undergo changes in their hormone levels at various stages of life. As we age, our bodies adjust to our environments, our lifestyles, and other factors that influence our overall health. When it comes to the question of menopause, no, men do not experience menopause the same way a woman does.

Men typically experience testosterone level changes much more gradually than women typically experience their natural hormonal change. Doctors refer to this change in men as andropause. After age 30, a man’s testosterone levels may begin to decline with a more pronounced change after age 40 and again after age 70. Throughout this time, however, men remain fertile as the testes do not lose their ability to produce sperm effectively. Healthy men can produce sperm into their 80’s, while women who have gone through menopause lose their fertility.

As a man’s testosterone level declines with age, he may also experience symptoms that are much different than those found in women during menopause. Men with low testosterone (low-T) typically see a decline in mood and energy levels, erectile dysfunction (ED), decreased libido, and other sexual performance issues. They may also experience loss of muscle mass, sleep disturbances, and changes in body or facial hair.

Effects like these can negatively impact a man’s relationships, sexual performance, and overall sense of well-being. When men experience low testosterone levels, they can take action to improve their vitality. Seeking ED treatment through testosterone replacement or WAVE therapy are options, as are changes in lifestyle. The best approach for men seeking to address ED or low-T is to consult with a trusted men’s sexual health care practice.

Every man is different in the way he experiences the natural testosterone declines that accompany aging, but the good news is that there are a variety of therapies to ensure fertility, vigor, and strong sexual performance, even in andropause. Contact us to learn more through pinnaclemenshealthpittsburgh.com.

How Testosterone Replacement Therapy Improves Daily Life

testosterone impact on lifestyleAs you age, you expect some changes to your body and lifestyle. Perhaps, you take more care with your diet or have prioritized staying active. As you age, you become more aware of your body’s range of movement, how it feels, and how it performs. You adapt to what happens naturally. But have you considered how changes in your testosterone level may affect the things you enjoy every day?

You’ve probably heard how testosterone influences your libido and sperm count but in reality it’s responsible for so much more. Testosterone supports a variety of your body’s systems, including some of the things that make you feel like you!

From the deepness of your voice and the growth of your facial hair to your fat distribution and muscle mass, testosterone influences much of your physicality.  As you grow older, your testosterone levels will naturally decline, but some men suffer from low testosterone, or low-T, which can cause a decrease in sex drive or a reduced ability to perform.  Low-T can also drive a loss of muscle mass, a lack of energy, or deliver an overall low sense of well-being. Low T can affect your daily life and can negatively impact the activities you love, your relationships, the muscles you worked so hard for, but you don’t have to compromise.

While you can’t stop time, you can seek help to try to reverse the symptoms of low testosterone through a variety of methods, including testosterone replacement therapy from Pinnacle Men’s Health in Pittsburgh. With a little help, you can recover your energy, your mood, and restore the sense of youthfulness you need to age healthy and happy.

Testosterone replacement therapy is all about finding the right solutions for your body and your lifestyle. After a simple blood test, a trained medical professional will counsel you through the treatment options that will work best for your unique situation. Some men benefit from a combination of sleep, exercise, and dietary changes. Others may need a more tailored approach to addressing low-T.

After implementing testosterone replacement therapies, men who previously experienced symptoms of low-T usually see an increase in their libidos, a lowered chance of erectile dysfunction (ED), and improved muscle mass. They end up looking better, and feeling better. But perhaps the greatest improvement is in their mood and energy levels. Giving them the “get up and go” they used to have.

Living an active lifestyle should never be compromised by low testosterone. If you’re experiencing the symptoms of low-T, contact the team at Pinnacle Men’s Health. Our practice in Pittsburgh offers testosterone replacement therapy in Pittsburgh for those looking to improve their quality of life and take control of their health.