According to a newspaper article, THE MALE menopause is a myth, and middle-aged men who complain of symptoms such as hot flushes and low libido could simply be overweight or depressed, a conference will be told today. Read the full article here!
Thousands of British men are undergoing hormone replacement therapy for the condition but Professor John McKinlay – one of the world’s leading experts on men’s health – now claims he has unequivocal evidence it does not exist
Women may not be alone when it comes to suffering from menopause-like symptoms, and the medical community is now debating the emergence of what is being referred to as male menopause.
You can learn how to understand male menopause by reviewing its time frame, its symptoms and it’s treatment options to determine if you might need to consult your physician for help for you or a loved one.
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Doctors describe male menopause as a reduction in androgen, also known as testosterone, as men get older. This condition is also referred to as low testosterone. Low testosterone is associated with advanced age, but it can also occur with some diseases such as diabetes.
Most men can produce sperm very late in life, so male menopause is a much more gradual process than female menopause, which occurs over a distinct, much briefer time period.
Symptoms of Male Menopause
Males going through male menopause report feelings of weakness, depression, fatigue, and sexual issues. In regards to sexual function, your testes may appear smaller, you may have a reduced amount of sexual desire, infertility and/or you may experience fewer spontaneous erections like those that occur in the middle of the night.
The low testosterone levels affiliated with male menopause can sometimes cause insomnia. Physical changes affiliated with male menopause can include a reduction in muscle bulk, decreased bone density and increased body fat as symptoms.
Those affected may have swollen or tender breasts and/or experience hair loss. Hot flashes and loss of energy have also been described with male menopause. Emotional changes that may occur with male menopause can include decreased motivation and/or self-confidence. Sadness, depression and loss of concentration may also occur.
Consult Your Doctor
Visit your doctor to discuss symptoms and get an exam. Your doctor may run other tests to rule out any other conditions. Specific to the male menopause, your doctor can order blood tests to test your hormone level, including a blood testosterone level test. If your doctor determines that your testosterone levels are low, he or she may prescribe testosterone replacement therapy.
Testosterone replacement therapy does come with potential risks and side effects, though, including a higher risk of prostate cancer. Alternately, your doctor may suggest lifestyle changes instead of, or in conjunction with, your hormone replacement therapy. These lifestyle changes may include an exercise program or a new diet.
Is there such a thing as a Male Menopause?
The “male menopause” (sometimes called the “andropause”) is an unhelpful term sometimes used in the media to explain the above symptoms.
This label is misleading because it suggests the symptoms are the result of a sudden drop in testosterone in middle age, similar to what occurs in the female menopause.
This isn’t true. Although testosterone levels fall as men age, the decline is steady – less than 2% a year from around the age of 30-40 – and this is unlikely to cause any problems in itself.
A testosterone deficiency that develops later in life (also known as late-onset hypogonadism) can sometimes be responsible for these symptoms, but in many cases the symptoms are nothing to do with hormones. Courtesy NHS Male Menopause
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