Andropause & Erectile Dysfunction
Andropause is similar to female menopause and is the result of declining testosterone and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). Declining hormones affect men and the symptoms can be quite debilitating. Symptoms include irritability, depression, fatigue, lack of motivation, a decline in lean muscle mass, and lowering of libido. Low testosterone has also been associated with an increase in risk for heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Although men experience a more gradual decline in hormone levels than do women, bio-identical hormones are commonly used to restore energy, focus and motivation, as well as lean muscle mass and sexual function.
Erectile dysfunction and low libido is commonly associated with low testosterone levels, although it can still occur in a man with normal testosterone. Establishing an erection is a function of having sexual arousal (libido) and adequate blood flow. A deficiency in either or both of these areas will lead to erectile dysfunction. At Balance Medical Center, we assess the entire hormonal symphony using a comprehensive program that considers lifestyle elements, nutritional supplements and hormonal balancing to improve erectile dysfunction.