Andropause, also known as the ‘male menopause’ happens when a man’s natural hormones, including testosterone, begin to deplete. But exactly how does Andropause affect men? That’s what we will cover in this blog.
Whilst Andropause isn’t really spoken about as much as menopause, and doesn’t affect every man, it can cause some side effects that can be rather uncomfortable.
Male menopause involves a drop in testosterone production for men aged 50 and above and is often affiliated with hypogonadism, another condition related to a drop in testosterone.
Testosterone is a hormone produced in the testes, and it does a lot more than fuel your sex drive. It supports the changes that occur during puberty, fuels mental and physical energy, maintains muscle mass, and regulates the body’s fight-or-flight response.
Male menopause differs from the female menopause in several ways. The main difference is, not all men experience it, and it doesn’t result in a full shutdown of the reproductive system.
The symptoms of Andropause will naturally vary, and it is important to remember that not all men will experience it. For those that do, it can cause physical, sexual, and psychological problems that typically worsen as you get older. Symptoms include:
- Low energy
- lowered self-confidence
- depression or sadness
- increased body fat, or redistribution of far
- insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- decreased motivation
- reduced muscle mass and feelings of physical weakness
- difficulty concentrating
- erectile dysfunction
- reduced libido
You may also experience swollen or tender breasts, decreased testicle size, loss of body hair, or hot flashes. Low levels of testosterone associated with Andropause have also been linked to osteoporosis, a condition where the bones become weak and brittle.
The side effects of Andropause can be controlled by making healthier lifestyle choices, including:
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet – Try to eat plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables, limit your sugar and alcohol intake and make sure you are getting enough protein.
- Regular exercise – Try to get in some gentle exercise to increase your heart rate for around 30 minutes each day. This may be a simple walk or run, some gentle weightlifting, yoga or whatever sport you enjoy.
- Get enough sleep – try to stick to a routine of going to bed at the same time and waking at the same time each morning to ensure you are getting enough sleep to keep you rested and alert during the day.
- Reduce your stress – Try to take simple steps to alleviate any stress. Exercise and meditation will help here.
These lifestyle habits can benefit all men, not just those suffering from Andropause symptoms. However, those experiencing Andropause are likely to see a significant change in their overall symptoms and health.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of Andropause, speak to your doctor who may be able to provide a treatment solution. You could also look into Bioidentical Hormone Therapy which replenishes the exact hormones you are deficient in to alleviate the unpleasant symptoms, and help your body return to optimal performance.