Unlike the female menopause, the male menopause (also known as andropause) is often an underdiagnosed condition. It is due to an abnormally low testosterone level of what would be expected at that age. It can be due to conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Sometimes other reasons can cause these symptoms such as anxiety, depression and stress.
If you feel like something may be wrong, it’s really important you get it checked out. Male menopause does not have the same distinct phases as female menopause but lowering testosterone levels can still impact physical, emotional and mental health issues.
Some common symptoms
Reduced muscle mass
Redistribution of fat around the abdomen and breast areas
Irritability and mood swings
Tiredness and lack of energy
Reduced ability to exercise
Poor sleeping patterns
Problems with memory
What to expect
Our GPs will spend time talking to you understanding any symptoms that might be concerning you and establish whether this is due to a mental health problems or due to a physical problem. They will examine you and run a series of tests. Once we have the results back, your GP will go through al the results in detail and work with you to agree any changes to your lifestyle that may help, any therapy that may help and they will prescribe any necessary treatment.
If you'd like to book an appointment or make an enquiry, please give us a call on 0300 247 0121.
We are DDA compliant, with wheelchair access to the building and a consulting room and disabled toilet on the ground floor. We are currently having a ramp built to allow easy wheelchair access. In the meantime we are using something called a ‘stair climber’ so wheelchair users can access the building while the works are being completed. Our client advisors will be able to assist with any other requirements you may have.
Anyone can use our clinic alongside their NHS GP if they wish to. We take your privacy extremely seriously and will only use your personal information to administer your account and to provide the services you have requested from us.
We have both male and female doctors as part of our team and we will always do our best to accommodate your request for a preferred doctor. You can select an appointment with your choice of doctor online.
Your doctor may feel that further tests, for example blood tests, are needed in order to confirm any diagnosis. Please bear in mind that you will need need to pay for these additional tests yourself, but whether you decide to go ahead with these is up to you. You should always feel your doctor has given you enough information to help you make an informed decision about any of the options for additional services they might go through with you.
Currently unless you are a non-UK resident we are unable to directly accept any PMI or private health insurance. In some cases for non-UK residents your international health insurance may mean that you can use Virgin Care Private as part of your policy. Please check with your insurer. Any additional tests that your doctor may feel are necessary may also be available through the NHS. If you are interested in this please ask the doctor or consultant to advise. Unfortunately most UK-based private health insurance schemes do not cover primary care (such as private GP consultations), though some insurance companies require specialist referrals to be made by a GP (private or NHS) before they will cover the cost. Some policies cover the cost of laboratory tests. We are not able to liaise with insurance companies directly, and you will therefore need to pay for your treatment as a private patient. We will provide you with an itemised invoice to assist you in reclaiming any payments your insurance company may be able to cover.
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