The symptoms of male menopause and male menopause in general is a phenomenon that has only recently been discovered. This is despite the fact that it has been known for centuries that women go through menopause.

Even though the symptoms of male menopause are different than the symptoms of menopause that women experience, male menopause or andropause actually does exist.

The word "andropause" is defined as the "natural cessation of the sexual function in older men." Andropause also refers to sexual regression in men over 40 due to dropping male hormone levels.

For men the symptoms of male menopause and the development of male menopause is more gradual than that experienced by women, but it's just as real.

Like women, the symptoms of male menopause is caused by a decline in hormones.

For men those hormones are testosterone, thyroid, human growth hormone (HGH) and DHEA. So the symptoms of male menopause involve the hormonal, physiological and chemical changes that occur in all men generally between the ages of 40 and 55.

The symptoms of male menopause and male menopause in general is thus a physical condition with psychological, interpersonal, social and spiritual implications.

The subject of Male Menopause has been steeped in confusion and controversy. While women were accused of going through middle-age crises and menopause-related physical and psychological difficulties, men got away with propagating the myth of the "ageless male," and boasted of virility all the way to their graves.

But the truth is that Male Menopause is a distinct physiological phenomenon that is in many ways akin to, yet in some ways quite different from, Menopause in women.

The purpose of Male Menopause is to signal the end of First Adulthood and prepare men for Second Adulthood, and the initial signs often involve changes in a man's sexuality.

Testosterone is a critical hormone for men. It is involved in libido, the desire for sexual activity, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Testosterone helps to maintain the male body. It is important to mental aptitude, bone density and healthy weight.

Normally men begin to lose about one percent of testosterone per year beginning at age 40. Most don't have serious symptoms, but for some men their levels sink so low that their entire lives are affected.

It often takes a man's wife or girlfriend to see the difference, because a man is not able to step back and see the impact of lethargy, fatigue, diminished libido and depression for himself. If a man has low testosterone his muscle mass is going to diminish, his fat adipose tissue is going to increase and he subsequently is at risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other medical problems associated with these conditions.

"Symptoms Of Male Menopause"

The symptoms of Male Menopause can be similar to the ones women experience in Menopause. However, Male Menopause does not affect all men with the same intensity, but they still experience many of the symptoms of Male Menopause. One of the most troubling symptoms for a man is changes in his sexuality with advancing age.

Difficulty in attaining and sustaining erections occurs with advancing age, sexual urge is reduced, erections can take more time to occur-anytime is not always a good time-the penis requires more direct stimulation in order to get aroused.

Some of the other symptoms of male menopause include:

  • Lack of energy
  • Decrease in strength and/or endurance
  • Decreased "enjoyment of life" - depression
  • Feeling sad and/or grumpy, irritable
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of both lean body mass and bone mass

"Factors Contributing To The
Symptoms Of Male Menopause"

All the causes of Male Menopause have not been fully researched, however, there are some factors that are known to contribute to this condition. These factors are: hypothalamic sluggishness, hormone deficiencies, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, smoking, hypertension, prescription and non-prescription medications, poor diet, lack of exercise, poor circulation, psychological problems related to mid-life depression.

Some Ways To Treat The Symptoms Of Male Menopause

Here are some ways to cope with the symptoms of Male Menopause:

  • Find new ways to relieve stress
  • Eat a nutritious, low fat, high fibre diet
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Regular exercise
  • Find a supportive friend or group where you can talk about what you are going through
  • Limit your consumption of alcohol and caffeine
  • Drink lots of water

Consult a physician who has experience with treating Male Menopause and see if you qualify for testosterone replacement therapies, because early diagnosis and hormone replacement therapy can improve your symptoms.

In Conclusion

Male menopause and the symptoms of male menopause do exist, and it affects many men over 40 years of age. It is not synonymous with mid-life crisis, but the two can co-exist and compound one another.

As stated before, male menopause and the symptoms of male menopause are the signal for the end of First Adulthood and prepares men for Second Adulthood. In order to enter Second Adulthood you must let go of the baggage from First Adulthood and develop new passion, power and purpose.

Male Menopause, rather than signalling the beginning of the end of your life actually signals the beginning of a new stage of your life-a new adventure with the best yet to come! Male Menopause can be, for those who have the courage, the road to the most passionate, productive and purposeful time of a man's life.

Second Adulthood can be the time to:

  • Move from the pressure of sexual performance to the joy of sexual fulfilment
  • Focus more on being and less on doing
  • Changing from having a career based on necessity to a calling based on soul work
  • Relate to other men as friends and allies rather than as competitors
  • Lay the foundation for becoming healthy, wealthy and wise
  • Become a mentor to younger men
  • Learn to be a respected elder in your community
  • Find intimacy, joy and passion with your life partner
  • Be a trailblazer for experiencing life well lived into your 70's, 80's and beyond.

Post menopause symptoms - do you know how to recognize them?

There actually does come a time when you are through menopause and you enter your post menopause years and begin to experience post menopause symptoms. But, how do you know you have arrived?

Post menopause symbolically begins on the fourteenth new moon after your final menstruation, and, of course this continues for the rest of your life.

If menopause represents the end of a woman's ability to have a child, then post menopause and the effects of post menopause symptoms represent a "new beginning."

In the past life spans were shorter. A hundred years ago the average age of menopause was 47, but the life expectancy of a woman was only 49. Now women become menopausal at around the same age, but their life expectancy is around 80, so we can expect to spend 25 to 30 years post menopause with various post menopause symptoms.

So it is very important to be able to make the kind of informed choices that will help us maximize our enjoyment of these years of "new beginning." Today because the average woman lives one third of her life post menopause, this should be a time of adventure, health and vitality.

While the experience of post menopause and the many post menopause symptoms is different for each woman, recent surveys have suggested that many of the stereotypes of midlife and mature women are false.

Rather than suffering depression at the conclusion of child-bearing years or experiencing a disinterest in sex, nowadays many women report feeling liberated, empowered and more in touch with life.

Many women feel free to experience post menopause as a time of self-discovery, confidence and enhanced intimacy with the renewed energy to enjoy it all.

Changes in sexual responsiveness and interest in sex frequently happen to women in their post menopause years. Some women find they are less interested in sex and others find that sex is more enjoyable than ever. Some women find that sex is better post menopause when they no longer have to worry about pregnancy.

Their relationships with their partners can improve when there is more time available and they can rediscover and expand their definition of sensual pleasure. So physical and hormonal changes associated with menopause need not have a negative effect on your capacity for physical and emotional pleasure.

If women find that their vagina is drier during Menopause and in post menopause, then regular intercourse or masturbation seems to decrease vaginal dryness and irritation and using simple lubricants can be helpful.

"What Has Happened With Our Hormones

To Get Us Here?"

During our reproductive years our ovaries usually produce one egg per menstrual cycle along with the hormones estrogen and progesterone. The hormones in the pituitary gland control the activities of the ovaries.

When levels of estrogen are low the hormones stimulate the ovary to ripen an egg and produce estrogen. When levels of estrogen are sufficient hormones cause the egg to be released from the ovary about mid-cycle. This cycle repeats itself every month, if the egg is not fertilized.

The number of eggs available steadily declines over the years until between the ages of about 40 to 55 there are fewer and fewer eggs until eventually no more eggs are left to be released. So the production of estrogen and progesterone falls and monthly menstrual cycles cease.

Estrogen is the main female hormone produced in the ovaries and to a much lesser extent in the adrenal glands and fatty tissue. Estrogen is responsible for the development and maintenance of physical female characteristics contributing to both physical and emotional well being.

Progesterone controls the level of estrogen. In post menopause when the levels of estrogen have decreased the adrenal glands and fatty tissue take over as the major estrogen producers.

"What Changes Occur During Post Menopause?"

Once you enter the post menopause phase and begin to experience the many post menopause symptoms you may regain your energy and feel emotionally normal once again, but the lower level of estrogen in your body may put you at higher risk for certain conditions.

Good nutrition affects the way we look, feel and behave and this is particularly true for our bodies as we go through menopause and with post menopause symptoms.

Some problems associated with Menopause and Post Menopause may be related to low levels of some vitamins, so increasing your vitamin intake and paying attention to your overall nutrition can help minimize some of the challenges associated with post menopause.

One of the biggest challenges for women experiencing post menopause symptoms can be "osteoporosis." The gradual loss of calcium from bones is a normal process in mid life and later life, but excessive loss of calcium causes thinning and brittleness of the bones and this is called "osteoporosis."

Estrogen helps protect the female body against calcium loss, so when estorgen levels decrease during menopause there can be a sharp decline in the thickness and strength of your bones. The greatest loss of calcium occurs in the first five years of experiencing post menopause symptoms.

To ensure an adequate calcium intake during menopause and especially when experiencing post menopause symptoms, it is recommended that a woman take 1000 to 1500 mg of calcium per day and combine this with magnesium and Vitamin D for absorption.

Another health challenge for women with post menopause symptoms is heart disease. The risk of heart disease increases due to the permanent drop in estrogen levels. In the cardiovascular system estrogen acts as a guard against heart disease.

In post menopause a woman's risk of heart disease is almost the same as a man's. Heart disease is a serious condition, so it is important for women to know their blood pressure, levels of cholesterol, HDL, triglycerides and fasting blood glucose.

Women with post menopause symptoms can lower their risk of heart disease by eating a healthy diet, a diet rich in B Vitamins, especially B-12, B6 and Folic Acid. Not smoking, losing weight, exercising regularly, and managing your response to stress will also help lower your risk of heart disease.

Post menopause symptoms can cause a woman's life to be quite complicated, physically and emotionally, but if you pay attention to your health and lifestyle post menopause can be vibrant time of your life.