Andropause Symptoms: The Truth about Male Menopause

by Laura Ramirez on September 21, 2011

Andropause symptoms in men are quite similar to menopause symptoms in women. Rather than creating abrupt changes though, male menopause usually progresses slowly over time (often starting as early as age 35) which means that it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. This also means that andropause receives a lot less attention from doctors, the media and in terms of research dollars allocated to study the best ways to minimize symptoms and reset the aging process.

So just what are those symptoms? Like menopause, the symptoms of andropause can include hot flashes (yes, it’s true, these are not solely the domain of women), loss of libido, tiredness, mood swings and weight gain. Since these changes are caused by low testosterone, they are often accompanied by a loss of muscle mass. The loss created when a man feels that he is losing his sense of identity, virility and power can also lead to depression and anxiety.

As in women, early andropause can be caused by certain conditions. Here’s an excerpt from an article that reveals what one doctor has to say:

But the onset of andropause can also be hastened by underlying illnesses or obesity. Heart and lung disease, for example, have been shown to affect the production of testosterone. “One of the health concerns for men is “metabolic syndrome,” continues Dr. Raya. “A man with a beer belly is most likely to have high cholesterol and high blood sugar, as well as elevated blood pressure levels. In turn, this contributes to the risk of diabetes, stroke, and heart attack.”

“Sexual health plays a key role in a man’s sense of well-being. Women are important in men’s health,” Dr. Raya continues. She lists the most common concerns as: erectile dysfunction (which may occur due to medications,) health conditions such as diabetes, psychological or physical factors and poor lifestyle choices such as smoking, high alcohol intake, and a sedentary lifestyle; premature ejaculation; male infertility; and prostate enlargement….

Often, women who are going through the change themselves are the first to recognize the symptoms of andropause in their husbands, who may not notice because it is a slow decline or because they have a tendency to dismiss symptoms. When I noted my husband’s change in muscle mass and his quick temper, I suggested that he get his testosterone levels checked in front of his cardiologist when I accompanied him for his most recent yearly exam. Fortunately, the doctor listened. Turns out my husband’s testosterone levels were low. Now that he is taking hormones, I feel like his symptoms have all but disappeared. Better still, he feels good about himself again.

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Andropause symptoms should be taken as seriously as the change in women.

Beyond feeling good, there are also health benefits associated with higher testosterone levels that go beyond the psychological. For instance, increasing testosterone can reduce belly fat (which is a risk factor for diabetes and heart disease) as well as increase muscle mass, making the body more efficient at burning fat.

Although you may not be able to reverse andropause symptoms completely, you can minimize their effects with patches, pills, creams or once per month injections. How do you feel about using hormone therapy for controlling symptoms? Do you think it’s smart to just tough it out? Let’s get a conversation going on this topic that is so important to men, the aging process and their health.

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Copyright © 2011 by Laura Ramirez. All rights reserved. Content quoted in excerpt is the property of the author.

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