Understanding Men Menopause (andropause): Symptoms, Cause & advice

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | April 11, 2024 IST

Have you ever experienced weight gain, hot flushes, or a decrease in sexual arousal?

Have you ever experienced weight gain, hot flushes, or a decrease in sexual arousal? Have these changes been noticed by your partner? These are just a few symptoms associated with male menopause, a medical condition often overlooked. While women undergo menopause due to a fixed ovarian reserve gradually decreasing with time, men do not experience menopause in the same way. However, a sudden decline in testosterone can lead to similar issues, termed as andropause.

 

As men age, they undergo various changes, such as loss of muscle mass and graying hair. One significant change is the reduction in testosterone levels. While there's limited research on the topic, factors like job stress, marital strain, lifestyle choices, and hormonal decline contribute to andropause.

 

What exactly is andropause?

 It refers to the decline in testosterone levels in males, often caused by aging or conditions like diabetes. This decline, known as age-related low testosterone or late-onset hypogonadism, progresses gradually compared to the abrupt onset of female menopause.

 

What are the symptoms and signs of andropause? 

Alongside fatigue and low libido, individuals may experience reduced mental clarity, loss of energy and strength, changes in mood, muscle and weight changes, hot flushes, among others.

 

Why does andropause occur?

Testosterone plays a crucial role in regulating various functions in men, including libido, muscle mass, and bone health. As men age, their testosterone production decreases, leading to andropause.

 

When does andropause typically occur? 

While it can begin around age 40, it may vary and last until age 70. The discussion around andropause has gained momentum, though not all agree on its existence, as not all men experience it openly.


Advice:

 

Diagnosis and therapy involve blood tests to measure testosterone levels, and hormone replacement therapy may be recommended if levels are low. Lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise and a balanced diet, are also advised.

 

Several tips to ease the effects of andropause, including maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, stress reduction, fostering intimacy in relationships, and getting adequate sleep.

 

Men's experiences with andropause vary, and more research is needed to fully understand this condition and provide support to men during this phase of life.

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