Our bodies produce both estrogen (the “female hormone”) and testosterone (the “male hormone”), and the levels decrease as we age. Most of us have heard about estrogen supplements for women and testosterone supplements for men. But did you know that men can experience estrogen deficiency too? Dr. Danoff explains how low estrogen affects men and what can they do about it.
Over the past several years, the media has bombarded us with various treatments for low serum testosterone in men to prevent andropause, the male equivalent of menopause in women. But a study published in the Asian Journal of Andrology pointed out that estrogen “also plays a critical role in male sexual function.”
Surprisingly, research shows that it may not be just a testosterone deficiency that leads to reduced sexual desire and potency as men age but also a deficiency in estrogen—the female hormone.
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Dudley Seth Danoff, MD, FACS, is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Danoff is a graduate of Princeton University, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree at Yale University with honors. He completed his urologic surgical training and fellowship at Columbia University Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. Following his training, he served as a major in the United States Air Force Medical Corps. For more than a quarter century, Dr. Danoff taught on the clinical faculty of UCLA School of Medicine. Currently, he is attending urologic surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is the founder and president of the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Tower Urology Medical Group, the leading urologic practice serving the Southern California community for over thirty years. Dr. Danoff and his wife, Israeli singer Hedva Amrani, are longtime residents of Beverly Hills, California, and have two children: Aurele Danoff, an attorney, and Doran Danoff, a composer.