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
- 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.
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.