Menopause for Men

For women who reach 40 to 50 years old, menopause comes in as a surprise. Obvious symptoms of these ‘physiologic change’ include hot flashes and night sweats seems to be unpleasant most of the time. The physiologic processes taking place is brought by hormonal changes related to age. The alterations in hormonal changes signals and indicates the end of a woman’s ability to reproduce.

When the term menopause is used, people usually think about women. However, it does affect men too. Men undergoing menopausal symptoms might not even notice they are already in that stage as the manifestation are subtle and happen over a period of time. For most part, men don’t even know that they are actually undergoing the stage.

About 25 million American males are experiencing male menopause. This information is based on the reports made by some experts and those who are in this physiologic change may suffer varying degrees of physical alterations. Sadly, many are suffering from the condition but haven’t sought medical help to improve the quality of life due to a lack of education.

Symptoms of Male Menopause

Male menopause, termed as ‘andropause,’ includes the following symptoms:

  • Hair loss
  • Decreased libido
  • Lack of energy
  • Changes in behavior
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of memory
  • Decreased muscle mass

These physical are all associated to what is called as ‘mid-life crisis.’ The condition most people think is a male mid-life crisis is often misled to believing that it is just a form of hormonal imbalance. Some funny stories commonly made from these individuals tackles about the middle-aged man who went bald or the old man who bought a red sports car and hangs out with younger women. Although these manifestations are quite funny to think, the public should know that like menopause in women, andropause is treatable.

Things might seem silly how these men tend to want something ‘inappropriate for their age.’ The symptoms of andropause should not be used as subjects to embarrassing jokes. This can rob a man’s joy during the prime years of his life. To determine the factor contributing to andropause occurrence, a man’s hormone levels can be tested for testosterone. If low levels are found out, then a bioidentical hormonal can be used as a replacement. The symptoms of male menopause appear over a long time that slowly it will be attributed to aging. Losing testosterone, the male hormone, launches the physical symptoms of male menopause or clinically termed as andropause.

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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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