Andropause, more commonly known as ‘the male menopause’ is a condition which occurs in older men as their hormone levels begin to change. The specific types of hormones it affects are testosterone and androgen, which are associated with hypogonadism. Lower levels of testosterone are produced in the testes, which is particularly common in men over 50. This can lead to things like lower energy levels or reduced muscle mass. Don’t confuse this with the female menopause, it’s completely different. Not all men will experience the symptoms of male menopause.
Symptoms of Male Menopause
The main symptoms of andropause tend to be a mixture of physical, sexual and psychological symptoms, which do get worse with age.
There are a number of things men over 50 could experience as part of this. Low energy, depression and reduced motivation are commonly reported. Lower confidence, poorer concentration and problems with sleep are other concerns that can affect men approaching 50. Physically, a man going through the male menopause could experience weight gain, reduced muscle mass, and even develop breast tissue, along with potential bone brittleness too. Erectile dysfunction, reduced desire in sex and infertility are just some of the sexual symptoms that can be experienced. Men may also notice things like reduced size in testes and hot flashes.
Changes in Testosterone Levels With Ageing
Naturally, your testosterone levels do reduce as you age. However, when you are younger, they do peak up until puberty. This is signalled by things like increased muscle mass, more body hair, lowering of the voice and increased interest in sex. After you turn thirty, testosterone tends to fall by 1 per cent each year. However, if you suffer from certain health conditions, your testosterone can fall more dramatically. This can elevate the symptoms of the condition even more. Want to know more about the male menopause? Check out part 2 this Thursday.