The term “Male Menopause” or the correct term “Andropause” is rarely heard said by men. While females easily can tell if they had menopause by not having any period anymore, men do not have any obvious signs that tell them that they are approaching Andropause. Unless, of course, you have the correct knowledge about it. Andropause or testosterone deficiency syndrome is caused by low testosterone levels in men. All men experience a gradual decline in their testosterone levels after the age of 30. This is quite normal. But for some men, this phenomenon causes symptoms that can disrupt their daily lives. Testosterone levels gradually decline throughout adulthood — about 1% reduction every year after age 30 on average
A study done In the United States in 2006 found that by age 45, 40 percent of men have abnormally low testosterone levels. The fact is, whether we call it male menopause or andropause, the effects of hormone loss in men can cause just as much suffering and ill health to men as menopause does to women.
What are the common symptoms when you approach Andropause?
- Erectile dysfunction,
- Reduced libido,
- Increased body fat,
- Reduced muscle mass and strength,
- Decreased bone density,
- Constant lethargy and exhaustion
- Difficulty concentrating,
- Depression or sadness and sleep disturbances.
- Reduce energy level.
- Easily irritable
Andropause is diagnosed based on the presence of symptoms, physical examination and a blood test to check if the testosterone level is within normal range. Not only testosterone level, but it is also important to do full blood and hormonal workup as we need to approach andropause holistically as well as to rule out other possible causes of the symptoms.
If your testosterone levels are not in the normal range, hormone therapy such as testosterone injections, gel or medication may be recommended to help boost your testosterone levels back up. Your energy level and sexual function will improve which in turn will translate into a better quality of life.
If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in the article, reach out to a doctor for help. You don’t have to suffer in silence.