ccisha: Menopause, Andropause, Osteoporosis, Osteogenesis Imperfecta


Andropause is the term for a group
of symptoms related to declining testosterone levels in men. ... andropause

(AN.druh.pawz) n. The period in a man's life during which the production of testosterone begins to decline. (Cf. menopause.)

Example Citation:

"Mid-life crisis, in which a man gloomily reviews his domestic and professional roles, looks forward without much hope and backwards with longing for his vanished youth, strikes remarkably early between the ages of 35 to 45. Conversely, in the andropause the physical and mental symptoms follow the slow decline in the testosterone levels in the blood. It starts to erode male confidence at about 45-55, just in time to confirm all those unfounded fears of the earlier mid-life crisis."
Dr. Thomas Stuttaford, "Men ageing badly," The Times

         Men over 45 years, wake up and take control of your life!  Your body needs your help to continue to function with vigor.  That means you will have to investigate what is needed for your body sytems, like exercise, good food and above all, at this time in life, some bio-identical hormones called Testosterone and Progesterone. 
                 If you have any of these symptoms below, begin a systematic program for yourself of research and action.  Read, make calls, talk to individuals that are aware of aging and hormones and find a doctor that will work with you and monitor your progress.
                  Your team players are help from the ALMIGHTY, a Quality Pharmacist and a Compassionate Physician.
            Soybeans  (GMO free) and yams, used as bio-identical hormones are comparable to human hormones.  They contain large quantities of stigmasterol, a cholesterol-like molecule which can easily be chemically altered into bio-identical hormones for men and women.
             Hormones do alot for us!  They regulate our bodies to control almost all of our cell's activities.   You have different organs that specialize in the production of these amazing substances.  Hormones are like keys; very complicated, and need to perfectly match to the locks, or receptors found on and in the cells of various tissues in our awesome bodies.

~Low sex drive 

~Emotional, psychological and behavioral changes

~Decreased muscle mass

~Loss of muscle strength

~Increased upper and central body fat


At the 2nd World Congress on the AGING Male recently held in Geneva, Switzerland, the experts have finally reached a consensus on the existence of the male menopause otherwise known as andropause.

While the congress recognized that men do not undergo the same sudden changes that women do there was an agreement that production of testosterone in the male does undergo age related decline. This is what leads to those symptoms, which are typical of andropause.

Why is testosterone so important?

                 Testosterone is a hormone that has a unique effect on a man's and woman's body. It is produced in the testes for men and in the adrenal glands. It is to males what estrogen is to females. Testosterone helps to build protein and is essential for normal sexual behavior and producing erections. It also affects many metabolic activities such as production of blood cells in the bone marrow, bone formation, lipid metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, liver function and prostate gland growth.

Natural hormones tend to be broken down by the stomach acid and are poorly absorbed from the gut, because of this problem methyltestosterone (a testosterone conjugate) was developed. This form of testosterone has a better absorption profile but must go through the liver for activation. This activation step is thought to increase the risk of side effects.
My pharmacy uses natural micronized testosterone that they complex in a unique lipid matrix tablet which helps protect the testosterone from degradation in the stomach and produces reproducible blood levels. They have compounded testosterone tablets in various strengths to meet the needs of the individual patient.


Books to begin your seach:

Maximizing Manhood: Beating the Male Menopause by Dr. Malcolm Carruthers, Thorsons Publishing, Feb. 1998

Understanding Men's Passages: Discovering the New Map of Men's Lives by Gail Sheehy, Random House, April 1998

The Testosterone Syndrome : the critical factor for energy, health and sexuality by Eugene Shippen and William Fryer

Super T- The complete guide to creating an effective, safe and natural testosterone supplement program for men and women written by Joshua Shackman and Dr. Karlis C. Ullis

Ageless, the naked truth about bioidentical hormones written by Suzanne Somers, 2006



Statistics on Andropause: The Male Menopause Suffering from symptoms of low testosterone? According to the US Census Bureau, approximately 4 -5 million men have low testosterone levels and only 5-10 percent of them will seek treatment. According to the US Census Bureau, approximately 4-5 million men have symptoms of low testosterone levels and only 5-10% of these men will seek treatment. A recent World Health Organization (WHO) report stated "male androgens progressively decline with age." The report analyzed male hormones and found that the testosterone level in most 70 year old men was 10 percent of the level in males that are 25 years old. By the time men are between the ages of 40 and 55, they can experience symptoms similar to female menopause. The symptoms of andropause include changes in body mass, resulting in less muscle and more fat, changes in attitudes and moods, fatigue, a loss of energy and sex drive, as well as physical agility. Male menopause symptoms are also associated with stress levels, nutrition quality, fitness routine and the environmental toxins the body is exposed to on a daily basis.

 The major risk factors that influence peak bone mass and bone loss, such as genetics, nutritional intake (calcium, vitamin D, and protein), exercise, adverse lifestyle practices (e.g., smoking), sex hormone levels, diseases, and medications, are similar between men and women.[31- 35]

From American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy

Current Approaches to the Management of Osteoporosis in Men

Posted 09/15/2004

Sheryl Follin Vondracek; Laura B. Hansen

Hormone Balance for Men:What your doctor may not tell you about prostate health and natural hormone supplementation. by John R. Lee, M.D. Go to his website! This is a link, so click on it to go to Dr. Lee's information.

You want GMO free hormones! When you contact a pharmacy, ask if the base ingredients are vegetable based and GMO free. I spoke with one pharmacy nationally, getting the company telephone # for their base ingredient from soybeans and was told that the soybean was so genetically manipulated that it really didn't matter. It does matter! Study this out for yourself.

What reading I have done on Andropause and in speaking to men on hormones, it seems the two dominant hormones you will need is Progesterone and Testosterone. Again, study and read so you can grow old with grace!