Medically Reviewed by Ose Oyakhilome
Written by Adaobi Oduenyi
Just as women go through menopause, men experience andropause a time when their bodies begin to produce less testosterone. Andropause can result in a variety of symptoms, including mood swings and hot flashes. If you are a man who is experiencing these changes, here is what you should know.
Menopause is not a well-defined condition found in men, which is why some doctors refer to this problem as Andropause (testosterone) decline in the ageing male -- or what some people call low testosterone. It is normal for men to experience a decline in the production of the male hormone testosterone with ageing.
Testosterone levels can also decline due to medications and lifestyle choices. Andropause is also more commonly clinically referred to as testosterone deficiency syndrome, androgen deficiency, and hypogonadism.
It is important to note that andropause is not the male equivalent of female menopause. Not only do men not lose the ability to reproduce completely, but not all men also experience it.
“The term "male menopause" has been used to describe decreasing testosterone levels related to ageing.“
Menopause in women is characterized by a sudden and drastic decline in estrogen and progesterone, which are the main female reproductive hormones. This decrease often leads to a number of symptoms that can be quite severe.
In contrast, the symptoms of what is often called male menopause emerge more slowly and subtly. Additionally, the decrease in testosterone levels (the main male hormone) is not as severe as the drop in hormone levels experienced by women during menopause.
Some symptoms associated with low testosterone levels include:
Low sex drive
Reduced muscle mass
Irritability and mood swings
Erectile dysfunction (it could be a result of hyperglycaemia/diabetes)
While the symptoms associated with andropause can seem overwhelming, you can manage your symptoms and their severity with the following tips:
Eat a balanced diet, rich in essential vitamins and nutrients
Get regular physical activity
Get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep
Manage your stress levels
How Is Male "Menopause" Diagnosed?
To make the diagnosis of male "menopause," the doctor will:
Perform a physical exam
Ask about symptoms
Order tests to rule out medical problems that may be contributing to the condition
Order blood tests, which may include measuring testosterone level
You should consult your doctor if you experience any of the symptoms associated with andropause. They may be caused by other health conditions as well.
Talk to one of our healthcare personnel, if you'd like to learn more about your testosterone levels or about the tests you can take to find out this information
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