While most people are familiar with menopause in women, the notion of an equivalent condition experienced by men is not so frequently discussed. Male menopause or “andropause” is used to describe the gradual reduction in male hormones that occur as men age. The Male Hormone Panel provides an accurate measure of the male hormones affected by andropause and allows our doctors to balance these hormones and minimize the unpleasant effects of andropause.
Who Can Benefit From This Test?
Middle-aged men experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- impaired libido
- erectile dysfunction
- baldness and/or extremity hair thinning
- fat accumulation around the waist and weight gain
- urinary symptoms: pain and/or frequency, urgency, interrupted stream
- changes in sleeping habits
- lack of enthusiasm for life
- increase in bad cholesterol or decrease in good cholesterol
Unlike menopause in women, which results in dramatic changes in hormone levels over a short period of time, andropause has a gradual onset and progression, beginning around age forty. The decreased muscle mass, reduction in energy levels, lowered sex drive, hair loss, sleep disturbance, and mood changes associated with these hormone changes are usually accepted as simply part of aging. Low hormone levels or changes in hormone balance can be adjusted using hormone replacement therapies. These therapies restore hormone levels and reduce or eliminate problematic symptoms.
The Importance of Baseline Hormone Testing
Successful hormone replacement therapy depends on accurate identification of the levels of hormones produced naturally by the body and on supplementing them with bioidentical replacement hormones. This treatment is a careful balancing act that ensures levels are maintained within ranges that provide optimal results and do not aggravate or cause other medical problems.
How the Male Hormone Panel is Performed
Using saliva samples, the Male Hormone Panel tests the levels of these six hormones:
DHEA: A hormone precursor for both male and female hormones. Helps maintain hormone balance.
Androstenedione: A weak male hormone and hormone precursor.
Testosterone: Testicular androgen and precursor to the highly potent dihydrotestosterone male hormone.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT): The most active form of the male hormone testosterone.
Estrone: An estrogen produced in fat cells.
Progesterone: Balances DHT production and counters the effects of excess estrone.
Using the Male Hormone Panel to Balance Hormones
Maintaining optimum male health in the face of fluctuating or declining hormone levels requires a careful balance between the hormones produced by your body and hormone replacements. Using oral supplements, patches, injections, or skin implants, our doctors can precisely control the amounts of replacement hormone to achieve an appropriate balance. Over time, adjustments of androgen hormone levels can restore alertness, vigor, and lean muscle mass, while reducing abdominal fat and producing a feeling of overall well-being.