Men's Hormones: Common Symptoms & Causes of the Imbalance in Men's Hormones
Men's hormones can become imbalanced too. Most people associate the imbalance of hormones with women, but many men also suffer from hormonal imbalance. This imbalance of men's hormones is known as andropause, basically male menopause, and can cause a variety of problems to many men who experience it.
Men's Hormones: What Are the Common Symptoms of Imbalance?
When men's hormones start to become significantly altered, many men will begin to experience a variety of symptoms. Not all men will experience the same symptoms to the same degree, and some men may only experience mild changes that do not affect their lifestyle too much. That being said, here is a list of some of the most common symptoms when there is an imbalance in men's hormones:
- Fatigue, decreased energy, and sluggishness
- A decline in muscle mass
- A decrease in sexual desire
- Erectile dysfunction
- Aging prematurely
- Reduction of hair and skin quality
Frequently Asked Questions
can a 25 year old man experience hormone imbalance?
I've been reading up on the symptoms of male hormone imbalance and I seem to exhibit a fair share of the symptoms. I am only 25 years old, and according to the articles it occurs in men who are closer to 40. Is it possible for me to have this imbalance at my age? If so, what types of treatment are available?
Can hormone treatment change some homosexuals to be straight?
I was just curious b/c it seems a lot of homosexual men are feminine and a lot of lesbians are masculine. For example, I see a lot of lesbians into sports and wear short hair and some homosexual men are into clothes fashions. In these cases, I was just curious if there are estrogen and testosterone imbalances and if hormone treatment would help.
u are talking about stereotypical homosexuals... we all don't fall under these categories. approx. 1 out of every 10 people are gay. we are not all fashion lovin' sports hormone imbalanced homos like u suggested.
Can a vitamin change a man's sexual orientation by correcting a hormone imbalance?
The following is provided for information purposes only. If you believe you have a medical condition requiring treatment, please consult a qualified physician.
Two years ago, my doctor ordered routine blood tests as a part of my yearly check-up, and the lab mistakenly measured 17-alpha hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP). Although I am an adult male, my 17-OHP level is in the prepubertal range without evidence of a clinical disease.
17-OHP is considered to be a precursor of both testosterone (T) and cortisol. It is rarely, if ever, measured in men, and is primarily evaluated during pregnancy, or during the diagnostic workup for female infertility and congenital adrenal hyperplasia in children. If a man’s T level is normal, 17-OHP is assumed to be normal. Although my testosterone (T) level is normal, 17-OHP is abnormal and my ratio of 17-OHP to T is 0.02. For men with normal testicular function the ratio is 0.24 +/- 0.08 (J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1978 Nov;47(5):1144-7; Basal and human chorionic gonadotropin-stimulated 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone and testosterone levels in Klinefelter's syndrome).
Low 17-OHP levels are associated with combat stress, old age, steroid abuse; disorders such as Addison’s disease, adrenal hypoplasia congenita, adrenal exhaustion, hypogonadism; and various intersex disorders such 17-beta hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase deficiency and Klinefelter’s syndrome, a genetic condition characterized by an XXY chromosome pattern.
Both T and 17-OHP dramatically increase in males before and after birth. During the first 1-2 months of life, these hormones surge to adult levels during a period know as the “mini puberty” of infancy. Research suggests that exposure to prenatal stress can disrupted the surge in these hormones during critical phases of brain development.
Studies show that exogenous T increases a man’s sex drive without changing his sexual orientation. Although it is well established that T is necessary for the development of male secondary sex characteristics, low, high or normal T levels alone do not determine a man's sexual orientation.
Again, it is interesting to note that both T AND 17-OHP surge simultaneously during the prenatal, postnatal, and adolescent periods of male sexual development. This seems to suggest that T may work together with either 17-OHP or some other hormone for which 17-OHP is a precursor, perhaps epitestosterone (EpiT). Too much or too little T in the absence of corresponding levels 17-OHP or EpiT in the blood may result in a homosexual orientation. It is possible that an imbalance between 17-OHP and T or T and EpiT may distinguish homosexual from heterosexual men. Currently, EpiT is only measured in urine for the purpose of detect illicit anabolic steroid use by athletes.
I worked with my doctor for a year before finding that the vitamin that balances my hormones is pyridoxine or vitamin B6, often referred to as the “anti-stress vitamin.” Although my vitamin B6 level is normal, B6 at 150-200 mg per day for one month normalizes my 17-OHP level, while raising the ratio of 17-OHP to T from a baseline of 0.02 to 0.17. However, after a month without therapy my levels return to baseline.
It is well established that steroid hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone, exert their effects in the body by binding to steroid hormone receptors in the nucleus of the cell and altering gene transcription. Interestingly, the bioactive form of vitamin B6, pyridoxal-5-phosphate (PLP) binds to steroid receptors in a manner that inhibits the binding of steroid hormones, thus decreasing their effects. Consequently, increased binding of PLP to steroid receptors for estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and other steroid hormones may explain why mega doses vitamin B6 correct my hormone imbalance.
I encourage anyone who believes there is a biological basis for his same-sex attraction to have his T, progesterone and 17-OHP levels measured. If you are unable to find a doctor to do so, or privacy is an issue, order the tests yourself through a direct access laboratory such as EconoLabs or Health Tests Direct.
My doctor always obtained both baseline and post-therapy early morning (8:00 AM), fasting blood samples. Recent vitamin, mineral, and prescription drug intake may compromise the accuracy of results. I eliminated them from my diet for at least two weeks prior to any blood test.
The Postnatal Gonadotropin and Sex Steroid Surge—Insights from the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism Vol. 87, No. 1 24-28
To date, there are no published, peer-reviewed studies of 17-OHP levels or 17-OHP to T ratios in homosexual males.
Homosexuality is not a disease. Many heterosexuals also experience same-sex attraction. There are three questions here:
1) Does vitamin B6 influence hormone levels?
2) Do 17-OHP levels and/or 17-OHP to T ratios distinguish homosexual from heterosexual males?
3) If such a difference exists, does vitamin B6 influence hormone levels and/or brain regions associated with sexual orientation?
There are no published studies on the effect of vitamins on sexual orientation.
Gays don't need to be "fixed."
And this doesn't belong in R&S.