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Male menopause (andropause)

What is male menopause?

Symptoms of male menopause

Risk factors for male menopause

Prevention / remedies / treatment for male menopause

References

What is male menopause?

(Male menopause may also be called andropause, androgen decline, androgen deficiency, or testosterone decline).

Women may not be the only ones whose hormones go through major changes as they age. Doctors are reporting that many men suffer from some of the same symptoms that women experience in menopause. However, the medical community is currently debating whether all men really go through a well-defined male menopause.

Your blood testosterone level declines at a gradual rate of 10% every decade after the age of thirty (1% per year) (1,2,3). Andropause is a slow process - there is not a sudden and precipitous change in hormone levels like there is in a menopausal woman. The production of testosterone by your testes does not stop completely in old age, and if you are healthy your testes can make sperm well into your eighties or even later. This is in contrast to menopause in women, who experience a complete and permanent physiological shutting down of their reproductive system after menopause.

According to Jed Diamond (5,6), andropause is a change of life in middle-aged men which has social, interpersonal and spiritual aspects in addition to the symptoms listed below. Diamond claims that this change occurs in all men mostly between the ages of 40 and 55, though it can occur as early as 35 or as late as 65.

By their mid-50s, about 30% of men experience several andropause symptoms.

Symptoms of male menopause

Risk factors for male menopause

Prevention / remedies / treatment for male menopause

References

1. Mahmoud Ahmed, Comhaire Frank H. Mechanisms of Disease: late-onset hypogonadism. Nature Reviews Urology 3, 430-438 (August 2006).

2. Tancredi A, Reginster J.Y., Luyckx F., Legros J.J. No major month to month variation in free testosterone levels in aging males. Minor impact on the biological diagnosis of 'andropause'. Psychoneuroendocrinology 2005. 30 (7): 638-46.

3. Mooradian A.D., Korenman S.G. Management of the cardinal features of andropause. 2006. Am J Ther 13 (2): 145-60.

4. Heller, C.G., Myers, G.B. The Male climacteric: Its symptomatology, diagnosis and treatment. JAMA 1944; 126:472-77.

5. Diamond, Jed. Male Menopause. 1998. Naperville, Ill: Sourcebooks. ISBN 1-57071-397-9.

6. Diamond, Jed. Surviving Male Menopause. A Guide for Women and Men. 2000. Naperville, Ill: Sourcebooks. ISBN 1-57071-433-9.

7. Thomas G. Travison, John E. Morley, Andre B. Araujo, Amy B. O'Donnell, John B. McKinlay. The Relationship between Libido and Testosterone Levels in Aging Men. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism Vol. 91, No. 7 2509-2513, May 2, 2006.