Unraveling truths about Andropause-male menopause

Andropause is also known as male menopause among men. Can you ever think it is possible? But it is true because man actually suffer from the symptoms of menopause. Andopause happens when the production of testosterone gradually declines. This problem generally occurs to men between the ages of 40 to 60 years. Andopause – male menopause is brought about by old age. When men grow old, they develop testicular problem which may result in a decrease in the level of testosterone that their body is able to produce. From there, male start to suffer from their own menopausal symptoms.

Symptoms of Andopause : Andropause bring discomfort but it is nowhere near advisable that men should handle this condition without consulting their doctors. Women experience hot flashes when they undergo menopause so do men. These are the other signs experienced by men such as fatigue, pain in the joints, sleeping problems, lack of energy, endurance problems & drowsiness after meals especially dinner. Men also face negative effect on their sex drive, erection problem, Emotional, psychological & behavioral changes.

Causes of Andopause : Starting at the age of 30s, testosterone levels drop by about 10 % every decade. At the same time, another factor in the body called Sex Binding Hormone Globulin, or SHBG, is increasing. SHBG traps much of the testosterone that is still circulating & makes it unavailable to exert its effects in the body's tissues. What's left over does the beneficial work & is known as "bioavailable" testosterone.

Andropause is associated with low (bioavailable) testosterone levels. Every man experiences a decline of bioavailable testosterone but some men's levels dip lower than others. And when this happens these men can experience andropausal symptoms.

Treatment of Andropause : Andropause is often under diagnosed because symptoms can be vague & can vary a lot among individuals. Some men find it difficult to admit that there's even a problem. Often physicians didn't always think of low-testosterone levels as a possible culprit. In many cases, testosterone replacement in men with andropause can be highly effective and beneficial.

With testosterone therapy, one's attitude improves, reinforcing self-esteem & self-confidence at work, as well as an increased energy at home & in social activities. Most men will feel more vigorous, experience improved energy levels, mood, concentration, cognition, libido, sexual performance & an overall sense of well-being. These effects are usually noted within 3 to 6 weeks after the therapy.


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