Andropause & Menopause

Medical Institute of Healthy Aging

Healthy Aging Medicine Clinic & Regenerative Medicine located in Walnut Creek, CA & Napa, CA

As you get older, are you noticing a decreased libido, unexplained weight gain, and overall feelings of fatigue? Changes in hormone levels occurring with menopause in women, and the lesser talked about andropause in men, often cause these and other extremely uncomfortable symptoms. Healthy Aging Medicine expert Paul H. Kim, MD at the Medical Institute of Healthy Aging with locations in San Francisco, Napa, and Walnut Creek, California can help restore your hormone levels so you can feel like your youthful self again. Call the office or book an appointment online to learn how you can avoid the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause and andropause.

Andropause & Menopause

What is menopause?

Menopause is diagnosed when a woman has gone 12 full months without a menstrual cycle. But even before, during, and after menopause, your body is producing lower levels of the sex hormones testosterone,  estrogen, and progesterone.

The years after menopause, and the years leading up to it are known as perimenopause, are characterized by unpleasant symptoms caused by fluctuating hormone levels with which many of us are all-too familiar. These include:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Poor sleep
  • Vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, decreased interest in sex
  • Weight gain
  • Cognitive challenges
  • Aching joints

Menopause occurs as a natural part of aging, but can also develop following a hysterectomy or cancer treatment. Once you’ve transitioned through menopause, the changes in hormone levels also put women at increased risk of certain health concerns, including osteoporosis and dementia.

What is Andropause?

Andropause is similar to menopause, but occurs in men. It’s when a man’s testosterone levels start to decrease with age causing hormonal imbalances and uncomfortable symptoms.

Symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Decreased stamina and drive

As testosterone levels decrease, men may also find changes in their body composition. They gain fat more readily and have a harder time putting on muscle mass. If you’re suffering from these intolerable symptoms and tired of enduring a reduced quality of life, Dr. Kim can help.

How are menopause and andropause treated?

While menopause and andropause are natural processes, their symptoms can be mitigated so you feel better, look better, and appreciate life again.

One way that Dr. Kim restores estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone is with bio-identical hormone pellets. He may also recommend therapies directed at other hormonal systems -- such as Liothyronine, Hydrocortisone, or human Growth Hormone secretagogues. Falling levels of HGH have also contributed to andropause and menopause symptoms and other negative changes of aging.

What are the benefits of human growth hormone for people going through menopause or andropause?

Dr. Kim offers human growth hormone (HGH) secretagogues to restore falling levels of HGH that occur with aging. Decreases in growth hormone can contribute to the physical, aesthetic, and mental effects of andropause and menopause. Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide (GHRP) therapy can boost:

  • Skin quality and smoothness
  • Sex drive
  • Muscle mass
  • Mood
  • Sleep

As a result of human growth hormone releasing peptide treatments, you may experience an improvement in bone density too. People who supplement with this peptide also report a sense of greater vitality and overall improved quality of life.

If your quality of life is disturbed by menopause or andropause, you don’t have to continue suffering. Call the office of the Medical Institute of Healthy Aging or schedule online for solutions.