Male menopause is a reality

Recommended by Dr. Michael White, Updated on October 13th, 2020
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Are you suffering from decreased sex drive or inability to sustain erection? Then you may be suffering from male menopause, otherwise called Andropause. You probably thought menopause was something women went through when they reached the age of 50, didnt you? Well, apparently, men go through it too. But Andropause, unlike the female menopause, which is related to female reproductive function, affects male sexual function instead.

Other symptoms of Andropause are erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, mood disturbance including depression, irritability, feeling tired, loss of muscle size and strength, osteoporosis, increased body fat, difficulty with concentration, memory loss and difficulty sleeping.

Indeed, 44 per cent of men aged 30 to 70 suffer from erectile dysfunction (when a man has trouble getting or keeping an erection).

The word andropause is formed by combining two Greek words andro (male) and pause (stop). Men suffering from andropause may well feel that their manliness has, indeed, stopped or declined. Although medical practitioners have studied andropause since the 1940s, it is still a controversy, and many men still deny its existence. However, it is becoming more widely accepted in the scientific world as something that does indeed happen to men as they age.

It is described as puberty in reverse by Jed Diamond, a California psychotherapist and author of Male Menopause. Like puberty, andropause wreaks hormonal, psychological, interpersonal, social, sexual and spiritual changes in ageing men; just as puberty does for teenage youths, Diamond writes.

According to researchers in the Department of Urology, Queens University, Kingston General Hospital, Ontario, Canada, andropause happens to one in 200 Canadian men. A study conducted in 2003 by Dr. A. Festus and others of the University of Ife in Nigeria, found that 44 per cent of men aged 30 to 70 suffer from erectile dysfunction; and out of these, eight per cent was severe and 36 per cent moderate.

Needless to say, the researchers found that the incidence of erectile dysfunction increased as men got older from 38.5 per cent for men aged 31-40 years to 64 per cent for the older age group of 61-79 years.

Of social significance is that the researchers found that most men deny the existence of andropause. Thirty-nine per cent regard it as a myth, while another 24 per cent attribute it to various non-scientific causes which they usually blame on their wives.

They, therefore, use this excuse to look for younger partners, only to discover that the problem has not gone away. They may stop looking for younger partners, but the denial of its existence and not realising that andropause has a medical foundation stops men from seeking appropriate medical help.

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