Charlotte, NC Men's Sexual Health | Andropause Treatment | Belmont, NC

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Dr. Matthew treats many professionals such as physicians, attorneys, engineers, accountants and executives. She appreciates that their time and privacy is as important as their health. As an independent medical practice she is able to respect these concerns. When considering testosterone replacement, there are various routes for replacement. Dr. Matthew is knowledgeable and experienced in all available modalities. She lectures on the topic and teaches other providers on the medical and procedural aspects of testosterone replacement.

Not feeling yourself? Don’t blame it on age or let life pass you by!  Regain your strength and vitality.

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Do you struggle with losing weight and can’t seem to shake those extra pounds on your belly?

Feel like you’ve lost some of your strength and muscle tone?

Feel like you’re “off your game” when it comes to your physical relationship with your partner?

Feel like you have less energy or just feel generally unmotivated?

Many men simply chalk these symptoms up to aging.  But we often find underlying problems that can be corrected to get you back to feeling like your old self again!  

Andropause

As men pass the age of 30, they begin producing less testosterone. This decline in hormone production (called andropause) is gradual, occurring over several decades. In fact, testosterone levels drop by about 10% per decade.

When there is a rapid decline, especially in a person with a pre-existing borderline low testosterone level, symptoms may occur sooner than expected and be a cause for concern.

Take The Andropause Test

The ADAM questionnaire screens for symptoms of low testosterone (Androgen Deficiency in the Aging Male).

This basic questionnaire can be a very useful  screening tool for men to describe the kind and severity of their low testosterone symptoms.

Please answer yes or no to the following questions:

1. Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)?

2. Do you have a lack of energy?

3. Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance?

4. Have you lost height?

5. Have you noticed a decreased “enjoyment of life”

6. Are you sad and/or grumpy?

7. Are your erections less strong?

8. Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?

9. Are you falling asleep after dinner?

10. Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance?

If you Answer Yes to number 1 or 7 or if you answer Yes to more than 3 questions, you may have low Testosterone.

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What consequences may be observed in a man with low testosterone?

  • Low sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Poor memory
  • Poor focus or concentration
  • Lack of motivation or competitive drive
  • Decreased muscle mass or strength
  • Slower post-exercise  recovery or recovery after injury.
  • Increased upper body or belly fat
  • Increase risk of pre-diabetes or diabetes
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
Many men rationalize their symptoms by telling themselves that “it’s just getting older” or “it’s just stress”. The symptoms of low testosterone are often subtle, and similar to those caused by other medical conditions.
This is unfortunately why low testosterone often goes untreated.

Is Andropause serious?

While researchers continue to debate this matter, what we do know is that many men suffer needlessly from  symptoms like fatigue, low sex drive, and unwanted weight gain.

These symptoms can impact their daily lives including work performance and personal relationships.

Clinical research points to an association between low testosterone levels and increased cardiovascular risk in men. Low testosterone levels may increase cholesterol, reduce bone density, and contribute to insulin resistance or diabetes.

Why we are different

We don’t simply hand over a prescription for testosterone replacement based on your lab level. When considering testosterone replacement, there are various factors that need to be taken into account for best results. We evaluate for other hormones that affect testosterone function such as:
  • insulin
  • thyroid
  • estrogen
  • cortisol
  • dihydrotestosterone
  • DHEA
We may also do a more comprehensive lab evaluation to consider factors such as:
  • advanced cardiovascular risk factors
  • vitamin and mineral levels
  • markers of inflammation
  • digestive function
  • effect of toxins
We also address lifestyle habits including nutrition, exercise and stress management strategies to get the best results.

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Journey Back To Health

Looking to explore our programs or learn more about your individual case? Our patient coordinator is standing by, to help you to learn more about our process.

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