Testosterone & ‘Male Menopause’

by | Jun 27, 2024 | Uncategorized

Testosterone is often called the “motivating hormone” because of its powerful effects on our bodies and minds. When we have enough testosterone, it makes us want to get out into the world, be active, and accomplish things. It’s a key player in driving our energy levels and sex drive.

Misconceptions About Testosterone

People often think that having too much testosterone means being angry or upset all the time. But that’s not quite true. While high levels of testosterone can make someone more aggressive, it doesn’t necessarily make them more emotional or irritable​.

Where Does Testosterone Come From?

Testosterone is made from cholesterol. Our bodies use cholesterol molecules to produce all of our hormones, including testosterone. If you were born with testicles, you produce a lot of testosterone there. If you have ovaries, you make some testosterone in your ovaries, and also in your adrenal glands​.

Why Do We Need Testosterone?

Testosterone is essential for everyone. For some, it helps create sperm cells and maintain a healthy sex drive and energy levels. It’s also really good for our cardiovascular system and brain health. For everyone, testosterone plays a role in sex drive, energy, and even maintaining bone and muscle mass.

What Happens When Testosterone Levels Drop (Andropause)?

As we age, some of us might experience a decrease in testosterone production, a phase known as andropause (sometimes called ‘Male Menopause’). Signs of low testosterone include a reduced libido, loss of muscle mass, and lack of energy. Low levels can also lead to brain fog, making it harder to think clearly​.

High Testosterone: The Downsides

While having too much testosterone isn’t as common, it can cause some issues. High levels might lead to acne, increased facial hair, and even male pattern baldness. It’s a delicate balance—too little or too much testosterone can both have significant effects on your health.

Feeling Concerned?

If you’re experiencing symptoms that you think might be related to your testosterone levels, it’s a good idea to talk to a healthcare provider. They can help you figure out what’s going on and suggest ways to balance your hormone levels.

At Northwest Integrative Medicine, we’re here to help you understand your health better. Give us a call if you have any concerns about your hormones—we’d be happy to chat with you and help you find the answers you need.

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