What Is “Male Menopause”?

    Men in the age group of late 40s to early 50s may develop depression, loss of sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and other symptoms.

    “Male menopause” is the more common term for andropause which describes the age-related changes in male hormone levels. Some men develop depression, loss of sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and other physical and emotional symptoms when they reach their late 40s to early 50s.

    Some symptoms common in men at this age include:

    1. Mood swings and irritability
    2. Loss of muscle mass and reduced ability to exercise
    3. Fat redistribution
    4. General lack of enthusiasm or energy
    5. Increased tiredness or difficulty sleeping
    6. Poor concentration and short-term memory

    Although testosterone levels fall as men age, the decline is steady at less than 2% a year from around the age of 30 to 40, it is unlikely to cause any problems. Late-onset hypogonadism, a testosterone deficiency that develops later in life can sometimes be responsible for these symptoms. Lifestyle factors or psychological problems are often responsible for many of these symptoms. There are also physical causes of erectile dysfunction, such as changes in the blood vessels.

    Unless “male menopause” is causing you severe hardship or disrupting your life, you might be able to manage your symptoms without treatment. The most common type of treatment for symptoms is making healthier lifestyle choices. These include:

    1. Eat a healthy diet
    2. Get regular exercise
    3. Get enough sleep
    4. Reduce your stress

    Talk to your health care provider if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. They can provide recommendations to help you manage or treat your symptoms.

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    2. Graham Rogers, M.D.Brian Krans. (2018). ‘What Is Male Menopause?’. Healthline. 16 September. Available at: <https://www.healthline.com/health/menopause/male>

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