Manopause and The Change – Women Are Not Alone

by Laura Ramirez on July 18, 2011

Manopause, we’ve all heard women joke about it. But is it real? Do men really go through hormonal changes with symptoms similar to what women experience with menopause? Yes, say doctors, and there’s a name for it: it’s called andropause.

If you’ve heard Suzanne Somers joke about “men on pause,” what she was referring to was not the male change of life, but the fact that women who are going through midlife transition often lose interest in men and sex when their libido drops due to lower levels of testosterone.

This is the same hormone that drops in men when they are going through andropause. Low levels of testosterone can cause a number of symptoms that are troubling enough to compel men to make appointments with their doctors.

We’ve all heard the horror stories of hot flashes, mood swings and physical changes that accompany menopause in women. But, perhaps women are not alone in this “change of life.”ᅠ According to Ian Kerner, contributor for CNN.com, it is very possible that men may be suffering from similar side effects of decreasing testosterone a condition also known as andropause.

Not everything can be blamed on “manopause” however, as male testoterone levels fluctuate throughout the day, let alone throughout the aging process.


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Some of the symptoms of manopause (remember your doctor will not refer to it as such, so instead use the term andropause) are: sleep problems, excessive sweating, hot flashes (yes, guys get them too), moodiness, quick to anger (boy, does this describe my husband lately), weight gain, difficulty concentrating, tiredness, aches and pains and osteoporosis.

What is the therapy for manopause? Testosterone hormone therapy, however, there are some things to be aware of. It can have side effects for some men and men who have issues with their prostate, should not be taking testosterone.

As with women, men can increase testosterone levels by taking simple measures such as eating a healthy diet, increasing frequency and duration of exercise (especially weight-bearing exercise) and learning techniques to better cope with stress.

If you’re going through manopause and have some tips to share about making this process easier, please leave your comments below.ᅠ

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