Over time, men can experience a gradual onset of fatigue, depression, lowered sex drive, and other symptoms. Men are not immune to menopause – we just give it a different name, ‘Andropause’, to explain the reduction in the major male hormones DHEA and testosterone.
Male hormones are produced in the gonads and adrenal glands. Testosterone and DHEA levels fall and estrogen levels tend to rise. Andropause can create symptoms of weight gain, reduced sexual function, depression, hair loss, sleeping troubles, fatigue, difficulty maintaining lean muscle, and increased prostate cancer risk. Many men feel like this is part of getting older and do not think there is treatment to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle. This couldn’t be further from the truth!
Andropause doesn’t just happen in your 50’s and up. It can begin as young as 20. It really depends on your history, environmental exposure, occupation, stress levels, and other factors. Regardless of your age, if you just feel tired and don’t have any answers, this hormone screening is for you.
In addition, if you are wanting to start a family, and have been struggling to maintain a pregnancy as a couple, it is important to consider a Male Hormone Assessment as you are contributing 50% of the picture (and building material) to create a new life, low hormones could be an issue.
The DUTCH test was created to provide insight into many of these concerns, working to deliver the most complete assessment of sex and adrenal hormones, along with their metabolites, in one easy to administer test. No blood to draw, spitting in tubes or filling up jugs of urine. Our dried urine collection process is the ultimate test to get great baseline measurements of men with hormonal imbalances and to monitor natural treatments and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). The goal is to evaluate your hormone levels, ensuring they are in the optimum range, and if not, creating a plan to restore them as naturally as possible.