Male Menopause: Myth or Reality
Can men become goofy, act weird and be moody without will? Oh yes, we have given it a masculine name, we call it ‘mid life crisis’. But much like the female menopause, this ‘mid life crisis’ for men is also characteristic of a decline in hormonal activity. Before your brows hit your hair with amazement, here is a look at the topic of male menopause. Is it a myth or reality?
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Comparing Male and Female Menopause
Unlike females in whom the hormonal plunge is massive, in men menopause brings about a gradual change and is not so drastic as in the former. Menopause in women occurs when ovulation ends and hormone production drops in a short period of time. In men, the hormone production and testosterone bioavailability decline gradually. The symptoms include changes in sexual function, energy level or mood. It is this gradual change that causes most men to not realise that they are going through male menopause.
The Facts of this Myth
Male decrease in testosterone level even though termed as menopause is not really so in the true sense of the term. The term ‘menopause’ is used to denote decreasing testosterone levels or a reduction in the bioavailability of testosterone, also related to aging. The fact of the matter is that female menopause and so-called male menopause are different and that their symptoms and signs may vary from one person to another. While the symptoms of menopause in men include muscle fatigue, joint aches and night sweat accompanied by mood swings, depression and listlessness, women experience these along with vaginal dryness and pain, itching or discomfort during sex and low libido.
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Because menopause is hormone-related, the treatment is also hormone centric. Physicians believe that because much of the symptoms that menopause has is due to low levels of testosterone due to one’s age, they must try and stay as healthy as possible. Male menopause, therefore, can be treated with the help of regular physical exercises, proper diet and taking help from psychologist.
One cannot really disembark the male menopause as a mere fantasy or something that is just a way of defining a period in the life of a male. If mid-life crisis is attributed to the perils of hormonal decline, then sure men do in fact experience menopause.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Dec 11, 2012
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