What is Andropause?

Andropause is a term for the gradual changes that happen in the male reproductive system as they age. These changes include erectile dysfunction and decreases in the production of sperm and in the amount of testicular tissue.

More and more men are complaining to their physicians about many of the same symptoms women experience during menopause. Physicians are reporting that treatment with testosterone reduces the effects of male menopause.

Unlike female menopause, male aging has no defined period or specific event that you can point to and say, “He’s in menopause.” Declines in testosterone and many of the other symptoms can result from diseases like diabetes

as well as aging. The depression

and sexual problems which many men complain about can be a result of other diseases also. For this reason, if you are experiencing some or all of these problems, you should consult your physician and rule out a more serious cause. Exactly what part declining levels of testosterone play in these symptoms is under study by the medical community.

A decrease in testosterone levels can begin in your forties and the effects will continue gradually the rest of your life. 40% of men in their 40s, 50s and 60s will experience some degree of the problems associated with male menopause. Your body doesn’t stop making testosterone, it just makes less. You can still produce it into your eighties and beyond. Men are still able to father children even then.

Insomnia is pretty common as far as male andropause symptoms are concerned. The fact that moodiness and irritability accompanied by a short temper appear on the list of male menopause symptoms isn’t surprising especially if sleep disruptions are also involved.

You may have low energy and feel tired and worn out much of the time. No wonder you are disinterested in life– never mind in women.

Decreases in your sex drive or low libido

may occur for some men. Sexual responses may become slower and less intense. Hormone replacement is particularly effective in the case of diminished or loss of libido. Testosterone replacement therapy for male menopause does have some potential risks and side effects. While replacing testosterone may cause breast cancer in women, it can increase prostate cancer in men.

You can also make certain lifestyle changes that can greatly reduce your symptoms of andropause. Your doctor may recommend changing your diet and working in an exercise program into your routine. Smoking cessation

and reducing the amount of alcohol you drink can also reduce the severity of your symptoms.

Antidepressants or impotence treatments available through your doctor often will help you to deal with some of your specific symptoms. Do not worry that your physician will tell you it’s “all in your head”. Your doctor knows that male menopause, while not talked about openly, is very real.


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