Common signs of Male Menopause

Believe it or not but women may not be the only ones who suffer the effects of changing hormones. Sex hormone changes in men occur gradually over a period of many years unlike menopause in women when hormone production stops completely.

The term male menopause, also referred to as andropause, is sometimes used to describe decreasing testosterone levels. The testes do not run out of the substance it needs to make testosterone. A healthy male may be able to make sperm well into his eighties or longer.

In healthy men, testosterone levels are normal between 300 and 1,200 nanograms per decilitre; these levels will often peak while men are in their twenties. By the time they reach their thirties, these levels will often decline at a rate of around one percent annually. This means that by the time men reach their 70s, their T levels will be around 50% of the “pre-menopause” level. This drop in testosterone levels can cause a variety of conditions which include psychological, physical and emotional changes

A decline in testosterone may have the following symptoms:







  • Fatigue or decreased of energy: Although you are getting enough sleep but still finding it harder to exercise and always has low energy levels.




  • Mood changes: Testosterone boosts men’s mood and mental capacity. Low levels may lead to depression, irritability or lack of focus.




  • Increased body fat: The genes that control body fat percentage are also responsible for circulating testosterone levels in men. Body fat, especially around the belly, absorbs testosterone, reducing levels of the testosterone.




  • Reduced muscle mass and strength: Testosterone plays a role in the building and strengthening of muscle. Reduce muscle mass will be more noticeable in the arm, leg and chest areas.




  • Sexual dysfunction: This might include erectile dysfunction, reduced sexual desire (libido), fewer spontaneous erections, such as during sleep and infertility. Your testes might become smaller as well.




  • Changes in sleep patterns: Sometimes low testosterone levels can also cause sleep disturbances in men, such as insomnia, or increased sleepiness.

  • It's important to note that some of these signs and symptoms are a normal part of aging. Symptoms mentioned above can also be side effects caused by factors like medications, excessive alcohol use and thyroid problems. If you suspect that you have a low testosterone level, consult your doctor.

    The main difference between menopause in women and the condition in men is that women experience these signs rather suddenly, whereas in men they will occur gradually over time. Since men’s T levels can vary so drastically, physicians often choose to refer to this hormonal change as andropause, or an androgen deficiency.

    If you experience any of these signs, you should consult your doctor and have your testosterone levels tested. If they are not what they should be, there are many things you can do to rectify the problem, including hormone replacement therapy. Your physician will suggest the best solution for your unique needs and you can have your T levels back to normal in no time.


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    2 comments

    1. so few people talk about this - yet it is an important fact to keep in mind for us men....

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    2. thanks for the update, iwas sure it exists:-)

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