Are You Experiencing Andropause? –

Posted: September 11, 2018 at 8:41 pm

Have you ever noticed how many older men drive beautiful, expensive cars? Many of us joke about the mid-life crisis, about boys and their toys, but Id like to take a serious look at male middle age. Most of us have heard about menopause, but have you ever heard of andropause?

Researchers believe that by the time men are between the ages of 40 and 55, they can experience a phenomenon similar to the female menopause, called andropause. Its not a very well-known phenomenon, but it is very important to discuss it.

Menopause and andropause are similar in that both are distinguished by a drop in hormone levelsestrogen in the female, testosterone in the male. Even though menopause and andropause do have things in common, the condition is harder to pinpoint in men. This is largely because men dont have a clear-cut signpost like the end of menstruation to mark the decline in hormones. A mans transition, however, may be much more gradual and can expand over many decades. Although a decline in testosterone levels will occur in virtually all men, theres no way of predicting who will experience andropausal symptoms that are severe enough to get them to seek medical help. Its also not easy to predict the age at which symptoms will occur in any particular individual.

Look out for the following symptoms that may indicate a decline in testosterone levels:

And ask yourself the following questions:

Do I have a decrease in strength and/or endurance?

Do I have a lack of energy?

Do I have a decrease in my sex drive (libido)?

Am I sadder and/or grumpier than usual?

Have I lost height?

Have I noticed a decreased enjoyment in life?

Have I noticed a recent deterioration in my ability to play sports?

Are my erections less strong?

Has there been a recent deterioration in my work performance?

Am I falling asleep after dinner?

If you answered yes to many of these, then you may want to ask your doctor to check your testosterone levels. You may be a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy, and in men with andropause this can be highly effective and beneficial.

Various clinical studies of testosterone replacement therapy have shown the following benefits:

So if you are a male, especially over 50, and you suspect you may be andropausal, please seek out medical advice. If low testosterone is not the culprit for your symptoms, then seek help with a therapist to determine whether other issues are at play.

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