“Manopause” Contributes to Erectile Dysfunction

Youth is fleeting, so it’s understandable why some middle-age men grappling with hair loss and erectile dysfunction try to reboot their inner warrior with a shiny new ‘vette, younger girlfriend or lifestyle lift. But, sadly, nothing can stop the persistent march of time. Just as declining estrogen levels trigger menopause in women, declining testosterone levels can bring on manopause. And when it hits, your wife may not be the only one suffering from hot flashes.

Experts report that the average man’s testosterone level drops by one percent each year after the age of 30. So by the time a man is 60, his testosterone level may have dropped 30 percent. By age 45, nearly four out of 10 men have low testosterone—also known as male hypogonadism or low T. No wonder so many men are eager to find an effective treatment for ED.

“While natural aging is certainly one cause, other physical conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and type 2 diabetes can contribute to a drop in testosterone levels,” explains Gary Price, M.D., a board-certified urologist with Urology Associates of North Texas and USMD Hospital at Arlington. “If you are fatigued, don’t have as much energy as you used to have, feel depressed, have difficulty concentrating, notice a drop in your sex drive or are experiencing erectile dysfunction, it may be due to low testosterone.”    

A simple blood test can determine if your testosterone level is too low. While the National Institute of Health reports that “normal” levels for men fall between 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter, your physician will evaluate what level is best for you based on your age and health. If your level is too low, there’s good news. “There are testosterone gels, patches and injections that can be prescribed to boost your level and help reduce or eliminate your symptoms,” Dr. Price says.

For many men, simply getting their testosterone levels back in check may be enough to treat their erectile dysfunction. If not, testosterone may be part of a comprehensive approach that involves additional prescription medicines such as Viagra, Cialis and other types of treatment for ED.      

Of course, the first step to feeling and functioning better begins with a visit to your doctor. Don’t ignore symptoms like chronic fatigue, depression or erectile dysfunction—and don’t try to tough them out alone. Dr. Price and the board-certified urologists with USMD Hospital at Arlington can help you feel more like your old self.  Call 888.444.USMD for a FREE physician referral.  


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