Male menopause? Yes, it exists

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 11, 2017

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  • Male menopause is as real as female menopause.

  • Menopause is usually marked by low testosterone levels.

  • It is very important to seek professional help and make changes in lifestyle.

Menopause for men is basically age-related hormones that go through changes.  Hormonal changes are obviously a natural part of ageing, and it happens in men in a gradual fashion. What happens really during menopause in men is that the testosterone levels decrease, thereby causing numerous changes in the body. One important thing to remember here is that female and male menopause is two completely different things, and they do not occur at the same time or in the same manner.


In men the hormone production and also testosterone availability decrease over a period of time, which mostly takes many years. The changes are not apparent, and therefore hard to deduce. This age related hormonal change in men is often referred to as andropause by many specialists, and can be the answer to numerous changes in the behaviour and appearance of a man.


Male menopause

Ways to recognise menopause

It is usually seen the men going through menopause experience weakness, depression, fatigue, and sexual problems. All of these can be attributed to low testosterone levels. Your levels of testosterone can only be checked with the help of a blood test. Some men might also have lower than normal testosterone level without any signs and symptoms so it can definitely be a revelation. It is important to get treated for low testosterone levels if you wish to avoid male menopause, or else these are some of the effects it may have on your body


Sleep pattern issues – some people may face sleep related problems when the testosterone levels are low. This means you may suffer from insomnia, or even an increased sleepiness.


Changes in the body – there arises visible physical changes in the body a male going through menopause. Increased body fat; reduced muscle bulk and strength; and decreased bone density are some of the symptoms. Also, loss of body hair is a possibility. Other time you might even experience hot flashes and have less energy.


Emotional changes – often men go through emotional changes as well, as low testosterone decreases motivation or self-confidence. You might feel sad or depressed, and also have trouble concentrating or remembering things.


Changes in sexuality – this is yet another very common problem with low testosterone, something every male might go through during the phase of menopause. You might suffer from erectile dysfunction, reduced sexual desire, fewer spontaneous erections, and even infertility.

Getting ahead with menopause

It is important to go ahead and make changes in your life in order to get over menopause, and increase testosterone naturally. But remember that supplements and “herbal medicines” might not be such a good idea. Some of these medicines might be dangerous for long time usage.


Lifestyle changes – one of the most important things to do here is to make significant changes in your lifestyle. This means that you need to eat well, sleep well, drink enough water, and exercise regularly. These are the golden rules for a healthy life, and there is no two way about it. So, get all your nutrients through your green vegetables, fruits, meat, poultry, fish, etc, and at the same time avoid alcohol or cigarettes.


Seek professional help – it is always better to seek professional help in such cases, so go to a doctor and be completely honest. If you have erectile dysfunction, do not shy away from saying so. You will only be able to heal and lead a better life by getting the right treatment.


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