It’s a question that people have asked for many years. Some women even joking about it to their partners but I believe, as many specialists do, that men really go through menopause in a similar way to women.
While female menopause has been recognized by medical professionals for years, we are only just beginning to take the male menopause seriously.
What happens to men over a certain age?
Between the age of 35 and 65, a man’s testosterone hormone levels can begin to go down.
Testosterone is the hormone that is responsible for sexual development in males and controls his sex drive. Symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, depression, sexual health problems and mood changes. Sexual problems can include infertility, lowered sexual desire and erectile dysfunction.
Some men who are in male menopause will experience low libido and may not be able to maintain a strong erection. For some men, sex may be less pleasurable. It may also cause changes in sleeping habits which can make them feel low in mood.
The other noticeable symptoms include things like more body fat being present and there is less muscle tone, so they may have to work a little harder in the gym!
Men may also notice a decrease in physical endurance and strength, as well as possibly experiencing psychological symptoms such as forgetfulness or trouble concentrating. Plus, they too may experience night sweats, joint pain, and hot flashes, so it’s not just us ladies that suffer you know!
What can cause a man to enter male menopause?
Of course, age is a big factor, but having a healthy lifestyle is too.
When men start experiencing symptoms it can be because there are testosterone deficiencies but other factors can also play a key role. Things such as excessive drinking of alcohol, being overweight, smoking tobacco, high blood pressure, certain medications and poor circulation.
Other causes can include an unhealthy diet, not enough exercise and depression.
Men’s and women’s menopause symptoms differ significantly. In female menopause, estrogen production stops completely. In male menopause, there is a slower, more gradual decline of testosterone hormone. While a woman’s ovaries will completely stop making eggs, a man can produce sperm well into old age.
Many men may feel worried or embarrassed about talking about the changes they are experiencing and do not seek treatment for their symptoms. Most doctors and health care practitioners are now aware of this problem and will be able to help treat their client’s symptoms.
There are many things that can be done to help ease the symptoms of male menopause. To reduce symptoms, try to live a healthy lifestyle. A healthy diet and daily physical exercise will help to ease male menopause symptoms. Strength training can help reduce body fat and keep muscles from losing muscle tone.
Try to find ways to lessen and manage stress. It is important to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption and make sure high blood pressure is kept under control.