Andropause is a group of symptoms occurring in men after middle age due to the gradual decline in androgenic hormones, especially testosterone.


Testosterone is know as the 'male' hormone, the hormone that gives assertiveness, sex drive, mental and physical energy. It also maintains muscle and bone growth.

Symptoms of Andropause:

  • Loss of libido and potency
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Nervousness
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Loss of memory
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Insomnia
  • Increased breast tissue (caused by higher than normal estrogen levels)
  • Hot flushes and sweating (caused by higher than normal estrogen levels)

Low Testosterone can be Related to High Estrogen

At the same time that testosterone levels decrease, estrogen levels often increase. This may be caused by the increased activity of aromatase (the enzyme which converts testosterone to estrogen). Estrogen is known as a major ‘female' hormone and therefore increased estrogen in males is not healthy. It usually causes estrogen dominance symptoms such as lower libido, increased breast tissue and tenderness. To help increase testosterone (by inhibiting the aromatase enzyme), ensure zinc levels are adequate and supplement if required. In addition chrysin supplementation could be considered.

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