Andropause & Erectile Dysfunction (ED) | menMD

Andropause

Both andropause and male menopause are used to describe decreasing levels of the male hormone testosterone that come with aging. In men, production of the male sex hormone testosterone begins a gradual decline after age 40.

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How does it cause ED?

Do your hormones decline because you age or do you age because your hormones decline? Hormone deficiencies currently affect over 55 million men and women in the United States. As we age, hormone levels decline affecting our social functioning, productivity, sexual desires, and overall health. Andropause is the result of low testosterone and decreasing DHEA throughout the male body. In a study done by the World Health Organization, men have only 10 percent of the androgen levels at age 70 than what they had at age 25. The changes in your hormonal levels are very gradual with age, however are more likely to develop earlier in conjunction with diabetes, hypertension, and various other genetic disorders.

Andropause is commonly misdiagnosed as ED, therefore men are put on treatments that will not solve their sexual dysfunction. It is important to take our self-assessment to uncover the cause of your ED which will allow us to apply the most appropriate method of treatment for your situation.

Just like women go through menopause, men can experience andropause. Andropause is when the body’s level of testosterone decreases. This change is gradual and can occur over the course of many years. As all men age testosterone levels decrease, but not all men experience symptoms of andropause. The decrease in testosterone can lead to decreased libido as well as erectile dysfunction.

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