Is Andropause a myth or a reality?

Have you been extremely moody of late without rhyme or reason? Have you been getting less sleep lately? Chances are that you are just undergoing a natural change or male menopause. I am sure everyone has heard of the female menopause but a male menopause? Well, it does exist with symptoms very similar to those of the female menopause and as disturbing too!

‘Andropause’ as it is known in medical terms is a condition produced in men when the testosterone levels fall drastically. However, unlike the female menopause where a woman can no longer get pregnant, a man undergoing andropause can continue fathering children albeit with a lowered sex hormone level. Men between the ages of 40 to 60 are very likely to undergo andropuase. The symptoms of andropuase usually tend to be extreme mood swings, insomnia, depression, decreased libido, weakness and even an increase in weight.

So, how do you deal with andropause? Like with women suffering from menopause, men need to firstly come to terms with the condition. A decrease in libido and other sexual problems does not mean that everything is lost. It is only a phase that you are going through. The best way would be to not think too much about it and keep your body fit with some exercise. Secondly, go in for a balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. Due to probable risks of heart attack, osteoporosis and bone fractures, extra supplements like B-complex, folic acid, Vitamin D and calcium can be taken. An entire lifestyle change is necessary depending upon your state of mind and body when you are going through andropause. A testosterone replacement therapy is also another alternative. Curbing the extra use of alcohol and smoking is something that needs to be followed to keep you in good condition.

Andropause is more of an emotional adjustment to some chemical changes in your body.Like any other natural change in your body as you grow older, the male menopause is a time when partners need to support each other. If symptoms get too much out of control then, a doctor’s advice will help. So, the next time you find yourself stressed out without reason check your age and accept the fact that it is only a passing phase of andropause!