Andropause: Male Menopause and its effect on men's health.

 

  •  Are you over 40
  • Feeling fat
  • Tired
  • Irritable
  • Depressed
  • Undervalued

Is it a midlife crisis or could you be suffering from the male menopause?

There is a lot of discussion as to whether or not the male menopause exists in any real medical sense.


We know that women go through very definite physical changes in their mid life. Ovulation stops, hormone levels drop quickly. Within a few short years they become unable to have children any more.

Of course these features don't apply to men. Andropause is the time in a man's life when the hormones naturally start decline usually during their late forties or early fifties and continues into the eighties.

 

  • Many have questioned whether the male menopause is more myth than reality.
  •  The Andropause is a gradual process and not exactly the same as menopause.
  •  Like the menopause, symptoms of Andropause can vary from person to person.

Older Men & the Menopause
In contrast to women, male hormone levels remain pretty constant and most men can father children into their seventies. There is a gradual decline in hormone levels and, by the age of 80 years, serum testosterone concentrations fall to about 75% and free testosterone to about 50% of what they were at age 20. So where does the idea of men suffering a menopause come from?
Between the ages of 50 to 70, some men report symptoms such as

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • General tiredness,
  • Mood changes,
  • Night sweats
  • Sometimes palpitations.
  • Nervousness,
  • Irritability
  • Depression.
  • Decreased libido
  • Decreased bone and muscle mass
  • Flushes and sweats
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Poor concentration
  • Increased body mass, fat

 

Some others reports

  • Feelings of wanting to be closer to family and friends.
  • Men often focus too intently on their career, money and power in their earlier life,
  • Often neglecting family and friends.
  • Become more concerned about their friends and family,
  • Regretting their former attitudes.

Interesting thing:

  • Many patients do not sense these changes in themselves, but women t notices this and tells that he is undergoing "the menopause"!
  • In andropausal men, night sweats and palpitations occur because of an overactive autonomic system in response to falling testosterone levels.


Psychological Challenges
The term male menopause has come because so many

  • Men experience mid-life dissatisfaction and difficulties.
  • Some men these issues become all consuming, hence the term midlife crisis.

Menopause is a word some people are using to

  • Express,
  • Unfulfilled desires
  • Expectations,
  • Work dissatisfaction,
  • Loss of passion in personal relationships
  • Loss of a positive body image as the ravages of time
  • Abuses become glaringly obvious.
  • Sexuality
  • Emotions
  • Mind
  • Courage
  • Productivity
  • Personality
  • Character
  • Boyish behaviors

Other specific symptoms

  • Mind becomes less sharp and nimble.
  •  Becomes less swift in mental calculations and his judgment is not as accurate as before. Makes blatant mistakes and incurs painful financial losses.
  • The memory gets impaired too, and with time, dementia
  •  Loose courage to take on new ventures and feel it is a time to retire and to "take it easy".
  •  He is much less active, prefers his couch to watch television, and becomes weaker from lack of exercise.


Cognitive Challenges in the Andropause

  •  Most common symptom of Andropause was memory loss.
  •  Often the memory loss is so minor it does not affect everyday functioning. T
  • memory loss has sometimes been referred to as "age related memory loss" and is not as severe as Alzheimer's disease.


                                      The Andropause is beginning to be accepted as part of aging.