Does male menopause exist?

Recommended by Dr. Michael White, Updated on October 25th, 2018
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HIS SYMPTOMS: For men, the hormonal change is often more gradual and not all of them experience it.

Do fewer erections and less interest in sex sound familiar?

We know mood swings, hot flushes, low libido and depression can be some of the hormonal changes older women experience during menopause, but what is not well known is that some men will experience some of the same symptoms when they get older.

One of my favourite sayings is: "Male menopause is much more fun than female menopause. A female gains weight and gets hot flushes -a male dates younger women and drives a sports car."

The medical profession is still debating the existence of male menopause and some prefer to call it "andropause".

Women experience a drop in oestrogen during menopause and men can face a decline in the production of testosterone. For men, the hormonal change is often more gradual and not all of them experience it.

The most common symptoms of male menopause involve changes in sexual functioning: reduced ability to obtain or maintain an erection, declining interest in sex and fewer spontaneous erections during sleep.

Emotional changes include feeling sad or depressed, being moody and irritable and having trouble concentrating or remembering things, which can cause a decrease in motivation or self-confidence.

Various physical changes can occur, such as decreased bone density, declining strength and endurance, increase in fatigue and lethargy, having aches, pains and stiffness in joints and suffering from excessive sweating.

Some men experience swollen or tender breasts, loss of body hair and an increase in abdominal fat.

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Does male menopause exist?

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