All of us are aware of the fact that women undergo menopause at a particular age. It is normal and every woman has to pass this phase of life. However, many of us are not aware and realize that men also pass the phase and suffer from the menopause symptoms . Though, this fact is extremely hard to believe, yet, it is true for all men. Andropause or male menopause is the state of the body when there is gradual change in the hormone condition. In general, the male are afflicted with this hormonal change somewhere in between the age of 40 and 60. This hormonal imbalance has its largest impact on the testosterone hormone as well as the cortisol or the stress hormone.
Male menopause can occur naturally in most men. In some cases, andropause is generated by depression, illness, obesity as well as dementia. There are certain ailments that can attack the heart and the lungs that in due course of time can affect the production of testosterone. Again, men suffering from autoimmune diseases and cancer have an increased risk of low level of testosterone. While in women, menopause is defined as period when the production of hormones stops completely, the decline of testosterone in the male is a much slower process and is manifested in many physiological as well as psychological symptoms.
In most cases, men menopause and women menopause are quite similar to each other. Like women, men also experience hot flashes, fatigue, night sweats as well as joint and muscle aches, but the intensity is much lower compared to that of women. Additionally men also suffer from many other symptoms like mood swings, despair, bad temper, muscle loss, erectile dysfunction, decrease in libido or sex drive, sleep apnea, weight gain, listlessness, hair loss, gynecomastia or male breasts and urinary problems.
At this particular period, men tend to loose their interest in sex and tend to have less sex as they do not enjoy it as they used to before. Menopause also tends to lower the level of energy in men and also tend to display feelings of anxiety, depression, anger and irritability when they reach menopause level. During this period, they tend to gain weight and also find difficult to concentrate and forget daily chores at most times. Additionally, men also face sleeping difficulties, low self confidence and also at times suffer from diseases like osteoporosis.