Generally speaking the term ‘menopause’ is referred only to women. But, there may be only a few who are aware of the fact that menopause occurs both in men and women. Of course, this might be surprising for those who have never heard of such a thing, however, it is true that ‘male menopause’ does occur and men suffer the symptoms of menopause just like women, but clandestinely.
Male menopause or otherwise known as ‘Andropause’ or ‘Hypogonadism’ is something which has been occurring in males ever since ages, but unfortunately it has been recognized and accepted by the medical fraternity very recently. Though male menopause is considered similar to that of females, it usually differs in many aspects. For instance, while it is certain that almost every woman will face menopause in her life, male menopause does not necessarily occur in all men.
Sometimes it may never occur in few males. Similarly, like female menopause, male menopause does not occur abruptly. Nevertheless, it happens gradually over a period of time. Usually, men themselves do not understand that they are experiencing the signs of menopause. However, it can be said that the symptoms of menopause are usually very similar for both men and women.
What Is Meant By A Male Menopause?
Male menopause is nothing but the gradual decline in the levels of the male sex hormones called testosterones in men. Usually, testosterones play an important role in maintaining the fertility, sex drive, immunity, muscular strength, cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels and many other activities in the body of men.
The levels of these hormones are generally at its peak during the teenage and mid 20s, and they tend to decline gradually after the age of 30. Though the decline of the testosterone levels is very insignificant in the initial stages, it tends to decline at a rapid rate as men age and finally it may drop down to significant levels when they reach the age of 70s and 80s. However, in spite of the decline in the hormonal levels, the testosterone production never ceases totally in men and it continues but very scantily as they age.
Causes Of Male Menopause
Male menopause is a natural process and it happens naturally as one age, but it may sometimes also be triggered due to some other reasons such as sudden illness, depression, certain diseases related to heart and lungs and other auto immune diseases.
Male Menopause Symptoms
The symptoms of male menopause are more or less akin to that of female menopause. Those who are undergoing this phase may feel lower libido, erectile dysfunction, insomnia, night sweats, hot flashes, increased body weight, loss of muscle strength, lower bone density, loss of body hair, lack of concentration, memory loss and depression.
Generally, until and unless it is needed, it is always not advisable to go for a treatment and rather it would be better to learn how to cope with a male menopause. Though doctors suggest Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) and attempts are made to increase and restore the testosterone levels and minimize the symptoms of this condition, it is not recommended for everyone as this is associated with several kinds of other risks such as prostrate cancer, development of breasts, impairment of sperm production, liver toxicity and stroke. Hence, some other kinds of remedial measures like exercises, dietary changes, lifestyle changes, stress reduction techniques and counseling help a lot in coping with andropause, and they prove to be extremely beneficial during this stage.