Symptoms of Andropause: Real or Imagined?

by Laura Ramirez on July 29, 2011

Symptoms of andropause: are they real or not? As a post menopausal woman whose husband was struggling with issues like irritability, depression, fatigue and hot flashes, I thought it was worth a look to take a look into what could be causing these symptoms. For my husband, the hot flashes were the worst and would often leave him soaked to the skin so that we had to peel off his clothes and dry him off with a towel every time he had an episode.

Although we brought these “mystery symptoms” to the attention of my husband’s internist (my husband is diabetic), his cardiologist (he’s had a triple bypass), they couldn’t put their finger on what could be causing them. During our last doctor visit, I brought up the possibility of male menopause and asked the doctor to check my husband’s testosterone levels. Turns out they were low.

So for all you 40+ men out there, what exactly are the symptoms of male menopause? In addition to those listed in the first paragraph, the possibilities have to do with changes in: sleep patterns, emotions and the way your man relates to others, physical changes including a softening of the male form (more fat, less muscle), energy changes: more fatigue, less energy to maintain a positive outlook, and changes in libido and ability to get aroused or maintain an erection.

Yes, folks it’s all about the changes, (variations in what is considered normal for you) which is why it’s called the Change of Life.

By Mayo Clinic Staff The term “male menopause” is sometimes used to describe decreasing testosterone levels or a reduction in the bioavailability of testosterone related to aging.

In men, hormone production and testosterone bioavailability decline more gradually. The effects — such as changes in sexual function, energy level or mood — tend to be subtle and might go unnoticed for years.

So what’s the best way to refer to so-called male menopause? Many doctors use the term “andropause” to describe aging-related hormone changes in men. Other terms for so-called male menopause include testosterone deficiency, androgen deficiency of the aging male and late-onset hypogonadism.ᅠᅠ…/showthread.php?…

symptoms of andropause

Symptoms of andropause may be relieved with HGH boosters

Since the symptoms of andropause cause a lot of unnecessary suffering in men, what’s an intelligent man to do? Treat it. There are many solutions available including testosterone creams which supplement your levels enough to diminish symptoms (this is what I have my husband using) and even supplements that increase your HGH levels (human growth hormone) thereby reducing symptoms.

Of course, it’s also important to take care of yourself. Exercise regularly. Participate in a strength building program of some kind to maintain lean muscle and burn unsightly fat. Eat healthy: lots of lean protein like oily fish (for the omega 3’s), chicken, turkey, nuts and lots of colorful vegetables. Remember to drink a lot of water because people over 50 often have a tough time telling when they are dehydrated.

How about you? What are your symptoms and what are you doing to relieve them that might benefit other men?

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