Men's Health & Aging

Treating Andropause: Improving motivation, mood, libido & erectile Dysfunction

If you’re like most men, you ignore health issues large and small, toughing it out until your body feels out of whack or accepting a slow decline in mood, motivation, and libido that you just chalk up to normal aging. Perhaps you visit a primary care physician once a year who says everything’s fine, but you have a growing belly, no energy, and your erectile function isn’t what it used to be. Maybe you have an expanding medicine cabinet of pharmaceuticals that are causing unwanted side effects. Sound familiar?

That’s a shame because you don’t have to live with subpar health. There are many ways to optimize your health at any age and restore the youthful energy and vigor you used to depend on. It could be your thyroid, leaky gut, side effects to medications, or elevated cortisol levels that are laying you low. And it could be low testosterone. Low testosterone affects your sexual function, but it can also be the root cause of fatigue, weight gain, sleep apnea, and a whole laundry list of less-than-desirable symptoms. But the good news is, if you seek out the right help, you can prevent disease and regain a sense of wellness and vitality.

That’s where Dr. Kate Kass comes in. A licensed primary care physician, Dr. Kass specializes in functional medicine, age management, and men’s sexual wellness. She seeks out cutting-edge therapies, tests, and protocols from the worlds of conventional and functional medicine to diagnose the root problem and create an effective treatment plan customized to your specific symptoms and concerns. (Read more about Dr. Kass’s philosophy)

Testosterone affects libido, erectile Dysfunction & so much more

Starting around a man’s mid-30s, total testosterone declines at a rate of 10 percent each decade and more than 40 percent of males 40 and above have a testosterone deficiency. It is during this time that men experience andropause, the male counterpart to menopause. Testosterone is tricky. It doesn’t just affect sexual performance. In fact, you actually may have satisfactory erectile function but still test below optimal levels for testosterone. Why does this matter? Because testosterone is a factor in all sorts of bodily functions. When your levels are optimal, testosterone protects against cardiovascular disease, reduces blood sugar, improves lean muscle mass, increases bone density, decreases cholesterol, and increases libido and sexual performance.

It’s a powerful tool in preventing disease and improving your quality of life. When you have low testosterone, however, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue, lack of energy

  • Decreasing or no libido (i.e. sex drive)

  • Difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection

  • No morning erection

  • Decrease in muscle mass

  • Change in fat distribution (especially around the middle)

  • Weight gain unrelated to diet

  • Poor memory

  • Decrease in motivation or inability to concentrate

  • Depression or anxiety

  • Lack of self-esteem

  • Night sweats or insomnia

  • Gynecomastia (i.e. enlargement of men’s breasts)

  • Irritability

  • Hair loss

  • Sleep apnea

If any of these symptoms strike a chord, you may have a testosterone decline, and you should seek out an expert for a comprehensive evaluation. As a specialist in men's hormones, Dr. Kass believes that you don’t have to resign yourself to unwanted symptoms of aging. In her practice, she has helped male patients regain vitality and their libido, manage their weight, and improve their mood—and in the process, helping prevent chronic disease.

Testosterone delivery options

Dr. Kass has extensive training and experience in safe, effective methods of testosterone delivery, and is one of the few practitioners trained to offer testosterone via pellet implantation. Dr. Kass fine tunes your treatment, and manages the various adjunctive hormones that also play a role in optimizing testosterone function and your overall health.

Bringing you the latest advancements in men’s wellness & functional medicine

Dr. Kass bridges the gap between functional and conventional medicine. Committed to finding solutions for sexual health and men’s wellness, she tirelessly seeks out leading-edge technology and diagnostics. To get to the root of the your symptoms, she employs a wide range of resources and tools, including compounding pharmacies, neurotransmitter testing, genetic testing, advance testing for gut health, and in-depth lab panels for treatment and early detection of disease.

If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, Dr. Kass offers additional advanced therapies, including the P-Shot (Priapus Shot) and specialized compounding solutions for premature ejaculation. She offers effective solutions for adult human growth hormone (HGH) deficiency. 

Customizing treatment to your specific concerns

Dr. Kass believes there is no “one size fits all” solution and works closely with you to tailor treatments specific to you. Restoring your hormones to an optimal level will improve your libido, body composition, and energy level, in addition to preventing diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. 

Even though you are a man, you don’t have to just live with symptoms that can be treated, reduced, and maybe even eliminated.

Dr. Kass’ Pillars of Functional Wellness

For these treatment to work optimally, patients should shore up their foundation, using Dr. Kass’ Pillars of Functional Wellness as a guide. The five pillars are: healthy gut function, emotional well-being, reduced toxin exposure, balanced hormones, and physical activity. The Pillars of Functional Wellness create a sustainable strategy for long-term health.

Contact Dr. Kass to start living your best life today.