Male Menopause or Andropause or Is It
The aging process brings about changes not only in women but
also in men. The physical sign of lack of menses is an obvious
give-away that the female is experiencing menopause. However,
for males a more gradual shift in the aging process often
leaves them unprepared for the problems associated with
The Symptoms of Male Menopause
Males experience the reproductive change involving the
connection between the testicles, the hormone testosterone, the
brain, and the pituitary.
The female changes involve the pituitary gland and the brain
as well as the ovaries.
Hers may seem to be more abrupt and his a very gradual
The word "menopause" is something we normally relate to a
female's passage from monthly fertility to a cessation of
menses. Women generally recognize the menopause symptoms
between 40 and 55. Now we know that menopause actually starts
much earlier with a change in hormones.
The medical community has been debating the presence of male
menopause and some refer to it as andropause, which according
to Webster's New Millennium(tm) Dictionary, is the "male
counterpart of menopause, when the production of testosterone
decreases and there are accompanying mental symptoms.
They both refer to the same symptoms the males have
regarding aging and they can start experiencing these symptoms
as early as 35.
Andropause is also referred to as viropause which simply
means "a syndrome associated with a lack of or absence of
testosterone" according to Dr Malcolm Carruthers book:
The most common symptoms of male menopause or andropause
- Extreme fatigue
- Joint aches
- Stiffness in hands
- Hot flashes
- Sleep disturbances
- Anger bouts
- Reduced libido
- A reduction in ejaculate
- Premature aging
- Hair and skin changes
There are however other reasons for testicular malfunction
Viral infections (mumps)
Surgical removal of the testis and the male reproductive
tract due to hernia repairs, or testicular cancer or even when
a vasectomy is performed.
There are diseases that can damage the testicles such as
systemic lupus erythematosis and diabetes.
There is also a genetic abnormality that can cause
testicular failure known as chromosomal mosaicism.
Heavy smoking can also cause testicular issues
Chemotherapy can have damaging effects upon the
It is rare, but there can be pituitary tumors
Help for Andropause
Spouses, employers, physicians, psychologists and other
health care providers all need to be more aware of the
existence of male menopause so that males who suffer from it
can receive the support and medical help they need.
The traditional mid-life crisis label currently placed on
men can prevent them from seeking medical help for the
andropause symptoms. There was a time when women were simply
told to get over it when menopause happened. Now they have many
avenues of relief and that same help is available to men.
It is important for all involved to understand that whether
you call it male menopause, andropause or viropause, the
condition characterized by the symptoms described earlier can
all be treated and relief given so that men can again enjoy
Just as other disease such as thyroid disease and diabetes
are treated and lives return to being productive, so those
suffering from male menopause can be treated.
When you look at the variety of symptoms, you begin to
realize that this whole thing is more than just a sexual
function. What a shame that we as a society put such an
emphasis on sexual attraction and performance.
The ageing process is a natural one. It need not be so
devastating with the proper diet and exercise and the all
important supplements to replace what nature is taking
away. See also low
testosterone and natural supplements to
The more we know as a society regarding conditions such as
this, the more comfortable men will become about seeking
medical help so that they can feel better and in turn they can
cope better with relationships in home and at work. Just
knowing that the symptoms listed above are a normal part of
aging that can be slowed down or in some cases reversed is
something to cheer about.
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