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Male menopause is caused by the decline of androgen, or testosterone, in men's systems as they age. It is also known as late onset hypogonadism (LOH), andropause, and androgynous deficiency in aging males (ADAM). Male menopause is the part of the natural aging process for the majority of men, and is very easy to treat.
Many doctors disagree with the term male menopause, preferring the term andropause. They argue that menopause in women happens over a short period of time, and is not the same as menopause in men. Male menopause is begins to happen when the male system begins to make less testosterone, the hormone responsible for muscle growth, height, and sex drive in men. Unlike female menopause, it is a slow, gradual change, usually starting when a man is in his early 40s. Most men will not feel a noticeable change until they are in their 60s, but some may notice it as early as 45.
The symptoms of male menopause are very similar to the symptoms of female menopause: fatigue, hot flashes, sweating, mood swings, and lowered libido. Other symptoms include a decrease in height and muscle mass, a loss of hair all over the body, infertility, and reduced bone mass. Some men may also experience a slight decrease in memory capabilities, depression, and weight gain. Symptoms are different for each individual, and may include some less common symptoms not listed here.
The most common treatment for male menopause is testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). TRT can lead to improvements in a man's libido, energy, and mood, as well encouraging muscle growth and increasing the quality of sleep. These effects usually begin to take place during the first three to six weeks of therapy. Some doctors may also prescribe antidepressants to help with any symptoms of depression. Getting adequate amounts of sleep, finding enjoyable hobbies, exercise, and healthy eating can also all help to ease the symptoms of male menopause.
Most men will have to deal with some level of male menopause at some point in their lives. The best way to prolong regular levels of testosterone is to eat right and stay active. Testosterone levels have been shown to be lower in unhealthy males. The best way to treat male menopause is to catch it early; if you have been experiencing sexual difficulties, speak with your doctor right away. You should also let your doctor know if you are suffering from depression so that you can begin working on a treatment plan.
I am having real problems with my fiance and his male menopause. He won't talk about it and he says there is nothing wrong. I see all the signs.
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