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MAN-o-pause: What is Andropause, exactly?

Just as women face menopause, men face a similar situation where the production of sex hormones in our bodies naturally and gradually decreases with age. In men, such a condition is known as andropause.

Andropause

For most of us, Andropause is a matter of “when” and not “if”. Andropause can begin in the fourth decade of life, affecting about 5% of men. Andropause then progresses to affect 30% in their 50s, and 45% of men in their 60s. This figure rises exponentially to 70% and 90% for men in their 70s and 80s, respectively.

Could I be going through Andropause?

The symptoms of Andropause become more severe over time.

Initially, when testosterone levels are low…

  • men often feel tired, especially at the end of the day
  • sexual desire and libido begin to wane
  • feelings of unexplained sadness, depression are experienced

As Andropause progresses due to persistently low testosterone levels, the following physical symptoms manifest:

  • Decrease in muscle bulk
  • Decrease in bone strength
  • Loss of facial and/or body hair
  • Breast growth, also known as gynecomastia

What you can do

Committing to lifestyle changes to control weight will help to improve the treatment of such chronic conditions, and slow the progress of Andropause.

Furthermore, maintaining good control of your chronic condition and weight will reduce the risks of heart conditions and stroke.

At the same time, see a doctor, who can then concentrate on managing your sexual health, addressing any signs of erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, or lack of libido. Your doctor may also recommend Testosterone Replacement Therapy to improve this condition.

How do I know if I have low testosterone level or hormonal imbalances?

The only way is to check through blood tests the various hormones that may be the cause of the various symptoms listed above. You should also consider consulting a doctor to understand further and what treatment options there are.

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