Many health-related concerns impact men disproportionately or uniquely. However, there are some misconceptions about one condition known as Andropause. Let’s separate fact from fiction about this condition and then go over what you should know about how it can impact men.
The Myth of the “Male Menopause”
Sometime between women’s early 40s and mid-50s, she will experience menopause. When this event takes place, ovulation stops and her hormone production drops off during a short period.
Men experience a completely different set of circumstances when they age. Although men undergo a hormonal shift, thinking of their changes as a “male menopause” is complicated and confusing. Men’s production of testosterone and other hormones slows down over several years.
So if the term “male menopause” is not accurate, how should people refer to men’s hormonal decline that goes with aging? Several doctors use the term “andropause.” Some other terms include testosterone deficiency syndrome and late-onset male hypogonadism.
The Hormonal Changes of Andropause
As men age, their testosterone levels taper off. Though testosterone levels are at different levels for different men, typically, older men have lower levels than younger men. Most men have a decline of around 1 percent of testosterone decrease each year after the age of 30.
Testosterone (or T) is the hormone responsible for traits connected with masculinity, including a deep voice. This hormone also has a tremendous, direct impact on the male sex drive. Before men jump into testosterone replacement therapy, they should have appropriate tests given by an endocrinologist. These tests will check the exact reason and extent of the testosterone loss.
Recognizing Low Testosterone Levels
There are some signs you should be aware of for lowered testosterone levels. Some of these signs include:
- Sexual Changes – There may be a reduction in sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, and infertility.
- Sleep Changes – Low-T can cause issues with sleeping, such as extra sleepiness or insomnia.
- Physical Changes – Some physical changes may take place, such as extra body fat, loss of muscle, and lower bone density.
- Emotional Changes – Low-T can lower your mood and self-confidence. You could even feel sad or depressed. Some men report trouble concentrating or remembering things.
Preferred Men’s Medical Center is a medical group serving the men of the South Florida area. Our considerate, knowledgeable, and respectful staff have experience helping men understand and respond to the changes their bodies go through. Give us a call today at (800) 897-4307 to set up an appointment.