09 Oct Male Menopause, Causes, Signs and Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
Male Menopause: A Commonly Overlooked Condition.
Male menopause is a condition that is often overlooked in men, yet it can be just as debilitating as menopause in women. It is a natural part of aging, but it can have a significant impact on a man’s quality of life. In this blog post, we will discuss the causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of male menopause.
What is Male Menopause?
Male Menopause is a condition that affects men as they age. It occurs as hormone levels, particularly testosterone decline. This happens naturally in men from the age of 30 at an average of 2% a year and can lead to a variety of symptoms. It is often referred to as “andropause” “manopause” or “male climacteric” and is a normal part of the aging process.
Some men develop symptoms when their testosterone level falls below a critical level. This level differs for each man, so it is important to pay close attention to changes in behaviour and physical symptoms.
The onset of symptoms tends to occur in men when they reach their mid-40s and may present to the outside world as a “midlife crisis”.
Causes of Male Menopause
The primary cause of male menopause is a decrease in testosterone production due to aging. Testosterone is a hormone that is produced by the testes and is responsible for a variety of functions in the body, including the development of male characteristics, muscle growth, and sexual function. As men age, their testosterone levels naturally decrease, leading to a decrease in these functions. Factors that can exacerbate and accelerate the onset of male menopause include chronic illnesses, certain medications, and lifestyle factors such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
Signs and Symptoms of Male Menopause
The signs and symptoms of male menopause can vary from person to person, but the most common ones include:
- Reduced libido.
- Erectile dysfunction.
- Decreased morning erections.
- Decreased erectile strength.
- Reduced stamina.
- Reduced concentration.
- Memory loss.
- Disrupted sleep.
- Decreased muscle mass.
- Decreased bone density.
- Hot flushes.
- Night sweats.
- Weight gain.
- Gynaecomastia (man boobs).
Diagnosis of Male Menopause
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important to speak to your doctor who will take a full history to evaluate a full picture of your health. Questions will also be asked about your lifestyle and your personal circumstances.
They will perform a physical examination and order blood tests to measure your testosterone levels. If your testosterone levels are low, they may also order additional tests to rule out any other underlying conditions. They may refer you to a hormone specialist.
Treatment of Male Menopause
Once Male Menopause has been diagnosed, there are a variety of treatments available. These include lifestyle changes as well as medications and supplements. It is important for men to look after their physical health during this time although it can be hard if they feel depressed with low energy and motivation to follow through. Testosterone replacement can often kickstart motivation to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Lifestyle changes should include:
- Eating an unprocessed, whole-food diet that is low in sugar and high in protein.
- Exercising first thing in the morning when men have their ‘testosterone surge’ and include resistance training.
- Optimising sleep with good sleep hygiene.
- Reducing alcohol consumption.
- Giving up smoking.
- Reducing stress as much as possible by using methods such as meditation or yoga.
Supplements including B vitamins and adaptogens such as Ashwagandha can help to reduce stress by reducing the production of the hormone cortisol.
In some cases, testosterone replacement therapy may be recommended and prescribed by medical professionals using bioidentical transdermal testosterone. This is a cream or gel containing testosterone that is applied to the skin once daily in the morning and is identical to the testosterone the body naturally produces. Alternative methods of taking testosterone include injections or patches.
Male Menopause is a condition that is often overlooked in men, but it can have a significant impact on their quality of life. It is important to be aware of the causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Male Menopause so that it can be properly managed. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Male Menopause, it is important to speak to your doctor so that they can provide the best treatment for you. Alternatively Book an appointment. Don’t suffer in silence. There really is support and help available and you can get back to feeling yourself again.
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