You may have heard the term “male menopause” before, and wondered what exactly that means. While it is normal to experience changes in hormones as we age, the dramatic changes that occur to women during menopause do not have an equivalent in men. However, men do experience changes in testosterone over time, and some have coined the term “andropause” to refer to these hormonal changes.
Andropause vs. Menopause
While both deal with hormonal changes over time, there is a big difference between andropause and menopause. During menopause, a woman’s body stops ovulating, and their hormone levels decrease significantly in a short amount of time. For men, testosterone levels decrease gradually over time, and the consequences of this are not always perfectly clear.
Testosterone levels vary from man to man, but testosterone levels tend to be lower in older men. After age 40, testosterone levels in men decline at a rate of roughly a percent a year. For most men, this is not noticeable until their 80s, when they have roughly half the testosterone they did in their prime. However, for some men, this decline in testosterone can cause disruptive symptoms.
Symptoms of Andropause
Men who are going through the hormone changes of aging can experience:
- Muscle loss
- Fat gain
- Decreased sex drive
- Irritability and mood swings
- Body hair loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Erectile dysfunction
Understandably, these symptoms can be very disturbing to men, particularly when younger men experience them. Fortunately, at Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale, we offer testosterone replacement therapy to men who suffer from low testosterone. If you are experiencing symptoms of low testosterone, come into our men’s health clinic for testing. We will help you determine if testosterone replacement therapy is the right choice for you.