THE TRUTH ABOUT ANDROPAUSE (MALE MANOPAUSE)
When we talk about Andropause, it is perceived as an illness that is not true. The truth about Andropause or Male Menopause is that it’s a condition that is connected with a decrease of testosterone level in males that affects fertility. In other words, we can say with the decrease in testosterone level, the ability to become the parent also get decreases which is absolutely natural due to aging.
Basically, Andropause is the slow decline in testosterone level in male testes. Andropause is a bit different from Menopause in females. The testosterone level decrease in men slowly and gradually affect their fertility whereas menopause in females occurs suddenly and reduces the chances to conceive. It is identified that approx. 30% of men experience symptoms of Andropause in their 50’s.
There are few common symptoms of Andropause or Male Menopause which consists of:
- Lower sex drive
- Experiencing difficulty in erections
- Experiencing lack of energy
- Feeling of depression
- Mood Swings and irritability
- Sudden loss of strength and weight along with muscle mass
- Feeling Hot Flashes
The symptoms may vary from person to person and during this transition period, a person might face various physical and mental changes which result in sudden weight loss or weight gain, mood swings, irritability, and many more.
A person who might be experiencing these symptoms, maybe suspected of having Andropause. However, while moving towards Andropause, it’s not only the testosterone production in testes that decreases but also more of the sex hormone-binding globulin are produced which pulls out testosterone from the blood by binding them. The testosterone which is not bound by Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) is called bioavailable hormone, is still available for the body to use. So Andropause could be the condition when these ‘Bioavailable Hormones’ present in the body are lesser.
There are few treatments available for recovering from Andropause which include replacing testosterone in blood with the help of lifestyle changes, increase exercise, and intake of good nutrition. You might be advised for a blood test to check the testosterone level in the blood. They may recommend some medicines, testosterone injections, skin patches to you (hormones received through the skin), etc. if required.
Consulting a good doctor might help you to a great extent as they give you genuine advice considering your pre-existing medical conditions if any. In general, Andropause occurs with aging, and it is a very natural process.