Medical specialists have been able to detect that men show symptoms very similar to women who have menopause. This is called Andropause or as many call it ” male menopause .”

Andropause is mainly attributed to a testosterone deficit that occurs after the age of 40. But how can you identify if you are going through the male climacteric? For this it is necessary to talk a little about what it is and the 7 signs of andropause.

What is andropause?

Since men do not have a well-defined or delimited period, as is the case with female menopause , some specialists prefer to use the term – androgen decline in a mature adult -. Men generally experience lower testosterone production as they age, although the deficit may also be due to other exogenous factors, such as diabetes.

Between 45 to 55 years of age, men may present some signs and symptoms similar to those suffered by women in the menopausal stage, this is called andropause, and should be evaluated to prevent the symptoms from worsening.

The andropause does not imply an absence of fertility, this factor is linked sperm count that person has. In addition, this does not occur in a specific way, on the contrary it is a fact that occurs progressively.

7 signs of andropause

Progressive tiredness and hot flashes are some signs that andropause and menopause have in common. During this stage a symptomatology is observed that is based on 7 different signs, these are:

  1. Decreased sexual desire, ejaculation disorders accompanied by erectile dysfunction.
  2. Greater dryness in hair and skin.
  3. Increased sweating , as does body fat.
  4. Greater loss of energy, memory, concentration and a deterioration in visual acuity.
  5. Increased muscle weakness and insomnia.
  6. Behavior-related disorders, such as increased irritability or anxiety.
  7. Alterations in the composition of the bones, such as the minerals necessary to strengthen them.

It is also related to some diseases such as metabolic syndrome , diabetes mellitus, alterations of the cardiovascular system and high blood pressure.

Other symptoms

There are also other minor symptoms that may be related to some conditions, and can be ruled out as signs that andropause is being suffered, among them are:

  • Prolonged headache
  • Depression and nervousness.
  •  Heat in the face area.
  • Sudden sweats and no apparent cause.
  • Muscle volume is lost and there is a decrease in strength, accompanied by lack of energy and fatigue.
  • Upper and lower extremities cool more easily
  • Decreased genital and leg hair

How men can recognize the signs of the male climacteric

Following this pattern, the more affirmative answers there are, the greater the possibilities of suffering andropause in men over 40 years of age.

  • Do you feel shorter than you were at 18?
  • Do you feel that your breasts are more noticeable when you take off your shirt?
  • Have you noticed a greater weakness in your erections?
  • Are you excessively sleepy after meals?
  • Have you had recent problems with memory or intellectual focus?
  • Has your sex drive recently decreased?
  • Have you received any treatment for broken bones, especially in the hips or wrists?
  • Have you noticed that you need more sleep, even when you are not active?

Treatment and side effects

The andropause should not be hidden, because it only worsens the signs of men who suffer from it . The treatment consists of improving the symptoms that accompany it with the replacement of testosterone levels that have been lost. However, it is a somewhat complicated process and must always be controlled by a trained doctor to avoid side effects.

Testosterone can be provided to the body in different ways, either through the consumption of medications, orally, intramuscularly, or by applying gel to the shoulders and abdomen. It is not a treatment that everyone can receive, as it can be harmful to the prostate.

Tips to face this stage

In addition to testosterone treatment, there are a number of tips that can help the male population cope with this climacteric.

  • First of all, the first thing is to recognize that you are in that moment of life and not be ashamed of it.
  • This condition should not be allowed to determine people’s lives, just as it happens with women experiencing menopause.
  • The development of life should be followed normally and aim for a healthier state of life. A lifestyle that is good for keeping fit and de-stressing.
  • In the sexual field, the man should not give up either, the partner’s support is necessary to overcome this stage and try to maintain intimate life as much as possible.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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