Also known as “man-opause” is actually testosterone deficiency, or late-onset hypogonadism. Hypogonadism refers to a deficiency in male hormones, where levels are too low even for an aging man. The meaning of late-onset hypogonadism is more similar to what lay people and the media refer to when discussing “male menopause”.
Researchers at Northwestern Memorial Hospital estimated that in the USA five million men are affected by male menopause.
What are the signs and symptoms of male menopause?
Research teams, experts and health authorities appear to have different views when identifying the signs and symptoms of male menopause.
According to the National Health Services, UK, the following are the most common signs and symptoms of male menopause:
Hot flashes (UK: flushes)
Moodiness and irritability
Loss of muscle mass
Hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating
Reduced concentration span
Loss of enthusiasm
About Andropause Treatment
Each man reaches a point where he ages and feels like time has caught up with him. Maybe you are already there. There was one time you could sprint up those multiple flights of stairs at your job, correct? There was also a time when exercising daily made you feel revitalized. You could spend the morning golfing, spend the afternoon washing each of your vehicles, and still have enough energy to take your wife to dinner in the evening. Then, following dinner, that was once the best part of the night. Lately, however, you feel as though you are slowing down as the years begin adding up and life begins to take its toll. This is not the time to fret, though, because this lack of energy is not an irreversible or inventible part of the aging process. This is a common problem with a very simple solution that can be treated through therapies where hormones are replaced.
This is referred to as andropause and many humorously often call it the nickname, “man-o-pause,” because the symptoms mirror that of a females condition, menopause, so much. This is no joke for those men who feel as though the flair is no longer part of their lifestyles. Andropause is caused by the body’s reduction of the production of many hormones including testosterone. This is a normal part of the aging process and, scientists conclude that when a male reaches his mid-twenties, he will experience testosterone production drops averaging around 1-2% annually. Some men experience this at a much faster rate.
Andropause, named due to the fact that testosterone is also an androgen, causes its sufferers to feel depleted of energy and feel fatigued. Additional symptoms include a loss of interest in things they previously found enjoyment in, unexplained feelings of anxiousness, feelings of anger, depression, and a sex drive that has become diminished. The good news is that with hormone replacement therapy available through treatment centers, it is not something men have to live with long term.
Rather than waiting, the best solution is to seek advice and information regarding treatment immediately. There is nothing more frustrating than experiencing unexplained fatigue, as well as the many other symptoms associated with andropause. For more information on this, call our hotline or make an appointment for a consultation. You will feel like yourself again sooner than you think.