Women go through menopause, but many men don’t realize that there’s also male menopause. Men from all over the world flock to Google and forums to try and understand what’s going on inside of them, and they often leave with their questions unanswered.
A lot of comments or responses aren’t from professionals; they’re from regular people that don’t have a medical background. Some of these individuals also don’t believe that the condition exists, so they may not even know what to call it.
This leads us to the main question.
Do Men Have Menopause?
Yes. The term menopause refers hormonal changes that occur as you get older.
What is Menopause Like In Men?
Menopause in guys is caused by a decline in testosterone levels.
Testosterone starts to decline in a person’s 30s or 40s, depending on the person, and testosterone tends to hit its peak when a person is in their 20s.
The decline happens slowly, and is typically around 1% per year.
When a man reaches his 70s, he may have half the testosterone he had in his 20s, and this is a major shift in hormone levels. When this happens, it causes a significant change inside of a man’s body which can affect:
- Physical health
But male and female menopause are much different. For women, menopause is just a natural part of the aging process and happens rapidly. Men, on the other end of the spectrum, will start to suffer from “low T” slowly. Men lose just 1% testosterone per year, so it’s a very slow process.
In normal men, Male menopause will develop over a period of decades rather than abruptly.
There are also some men that will never start to develop low testosterone. These men will be able to maintain the majority of their testosterone, or they can also seek out medical options, such as HGH or testosterone boosters, in an effort to correct the problem.
Doctors claim that some men in their 80s will have higher testosterone than men in their 30s, and a person in their 30s can also have “low T.” So, there are lifestyle and genetic roles that are at play, too.
You’ll find doctors will also call this condition “Andropause.”
While non-life threatening, andropause, or low testosterone, does present its own issues. Hormonal changes of this level will always have some level of impact on a person.
Menopause Symptoms List in Men
A major reason why men that have low testosterone don’t realize that they have an issue is because the symptoms can often be anything. If you’re a little depressed, it could be low testosterone. But you may also have a difficult job or life circumstances, so you might view this depression as something normal, which it is not.
The symptoms of male menopause may include:
- Depression. A lot of men that are in menopause will go to a psychiatrist before they go to a doctor, and this is because they are depressed. In fact, depression is often the first symptom of low T because testosterone is a mood regulator. Men that have depression may lose interest in things they love, be unable to concentrate, feel anxious or sad, or the person may become so depressed that they have suicidal thoughts.
- No energy. Energy levels will also drop for a man that has low T, and this can be a myriad of different things. You might just need a lifestyle change, you may need to eat different foods, or you may have testosterone levels that have fallen so low that you simply don’t have the energy to engage in normal activities.
- Problems sleeping. Insomnia is a symptom of male menopause, and it’s because testosterone plays a major role in regulating sleep. Restless nights, trouble focusing and even irritability are connected to this symptom as well.
- Libido. Your sex drive is driven by testosterone, and if these levels fall too low, it can lead to difficulty getting an erection, maintaining an erection and even sperm count decline. Erectile dysfunction can also occur, so it’s a very serious issue for men that want to maintain their sex lives.
- Memory issues. Studies are finding a link between memory loss and testosterone. The testosterone, if it were present when the brain naturally begins to slow, may be able to help offset some memory issues. But when testosterone starts dropping, it’s normally around the time that a person’s memory starts declining, amplifying the issue in the process.
- Abdominal fat. Abdominal fat tends to accumulate faster when a person’s testosterone drops. Of course, diet also plays a major role in fat. Testosterone is responsible for slowing the buildup of fat in the belly. Fat tissues in the belly also contribute to testosterone falling because an enzyme that exists in the tissue will convert testosterone into estrogen.
- Bone density. Andropause can lead to osteoporosis, or a condition in which a person’s bones start to become fragile and brittle. The condition often goes overlooked, and this is because you won’t notice your bones becoming less dense until a routine screening is conducted. You may even suffer a bone injury, such as a fracture, before you are diagnosed with osteoporosis.
Symptoms of male menopause can also include loss in concentration, reduced body hair, loss in muscle mass and strength, lack of motivation, lack of self-confidence and even breast enlargement due to higher levels of estrogen in the body.
If you believe that you’re experiencing andropause or have low testosterone levels, you’ll want to contact a doctor to have your blood levels checked. You may be surprised how common this is and how many treatment options you have to restore your T levels.