Friday, May 25, 2012

21 Testosterone Signs: Male Menopause

Do men go through menopause?   Medical studies show that not only women experience menopause, men do too. The terminology is called male menopause typically referred to as andropause.  Hypogonadism is another term for male menopause. A low level of testosterone levels is known to be the cause.

Andropause is the end of first adulthood and the beginning of a second adulthood.

Some think of andropause in a sexual manner, which they think it is the end of sexual desires and performance but it doesn't have to be.

Usually, a man's common reaction to the mention of menopause is a big question mark.  How can a man understand something that they have not personally experienced?

Does your man find this fact alarming? Maybe he will start to realize and understand what it is like to have drastic hormonal changes. Menopause for women have distinct and defined symptoms such as:
  • Stop of menstrual
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Vaginal dryness, bleeding, watery discharge
  • Urinary frequency, urinary incontinence and/or urinary urgency
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Body aches
  • Itching skin
  • Facial hair
  • Migraine
  • Back pain
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Risk of Osteoporosis 
  • Breast tenderness
  • Dry and thinning of the skin
  • Formication
The male's reproductive system does not stop working altogether like the women's reproductive system.  Male menopause is a diminishment of the male hormone testosterone.  

Menopause for women is when the ovaries stop producing hormones and menstrual periods stop. These effects are due to low estrogen levels and a complete cessation of reproductive system in its entirety.  

When the male hormone testosterone level goes down, the following signs may be present:
  • Poor libido
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Impaired memory
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Hot flashes
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Increase in weight and abdominal fat
  • Appearance of man boobs
  • Decrease in growth of, or loss of, beard and body hair
  • Frequent urination without infection
  • Achy muscles
  • Dry skin
  • Diarrhea
  • Relationship problems
  • High cholesterol
  • Early diabetes

If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is recommended to talk to you physician about this condition.  A blood test can identify low testosterone in men.  

As in women, the situation will be less distressing for men if your spouse supports you. Lots of love, understanding, exercise, dietary changes and stress reduction is highly recommended.

Now that there is a male version of menopause, maybe then the successor of Adam will be able to understand what is going with a woman’s body when she begins to experience menopause. 

Perhaps now there will be no more question marks when the word menopause is discussed. Instead there will be a shoulder to lean on hard times such as undergoing andropause.