Testosterone Replacement Therapy – Men’s Health Clinic NZ

What is Testosterone?Testosterone is the hormone produced by the testicles. It is responsible for the proper development of male sexual characteristics. It helps promote the circulation of blood, and is responsible for the maintenance of muscle bulk. Without an adequate testosterone level there can be important psychological affects such as loss of libido, reduced brain and intellectual activity and mood changes.What causes the Andropause? As all men age there is a gradual decline in the level of testosterone. This natural decline starts after 30 and continues throughout life. By the age of 40, testosterone levels drop by 1% every year. Many men however can experience a lack of testosterone production sufficient to result in significant symptoms. This will apply to approximately 50% of men by age 55. Damaged testicles or disease will affect testosterone production as will long-term stress, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. In 60% of cases no cause can be identified and hereditary factors are implicated. Are there any health issues associated with the Andropause? Low levels of testosterone may result in an increase in tummy and chest fat, a decline in the amount of muscle in the body and decline in strength. Low levels can also lead to Brittle bones, (osteoporosis) which may lead to hip and spinal fractures. In addition the bone marrow is less active and produces less haemoglobin and red blood cells to transport oxygen around the body.

A consultation is required and blood tests will be necessary. The blood tests include an examination for prostate cancer, as this is a contraindication to testosterone treatment. Any suspicion of prostate cancer may require further investigations. The aim of therapy is to return the blood testosterone level in the bloodstream to the normal range for the man’s age. This is achieved by using bio-identical testosterone cream that is rubbed onto the skin daily.

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Testosterone Replacement Therapy – Men’s Health Clinic NZ

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