The Male Menopause
When the word menopause is mentioned, we mainly think of how it affects women, but many males encounter the Male menopause which is also known as the ‘andropause’. At times it is made light of as “mid-life crisis but it is very real.
The male menopause is when age-related changes (age 50 or older) occur in male hormone levels. The same group of symptoms is also known as testosterone deficiency (drops), androgen deficiency, and late-onset hypogonadism.
Male menopause differs from female menopause in several ways. One main component is not all men experience it, and it doesn’t involve a complete shutdown of your reproductive organs. However, sexual complications may arise because of your lowered hormone levels.
Symptoms may include:-
- Reduced bone density which may increase risk of osteopenia/osteoporosis
- Reduced muscle mass and strength
- Increased BMI and visceral obesity (fat storage in the belly region) stressing internal organs
- Increased risk of Metabolic syndrome (a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels.
- Possible low energy, lowered self-confidence, difficulty concentrating and/or depression
- Reduced sex drive and possible decreased testicle size and increased risk of erectile dysfunction and/or infertility
- Possible reduction / loss of hair
- Increased anxiety or what is referred to as the ‘mid-life crisis’ as some men reflect on what they have accomplished and what time they have left. When relationships may be strained as their partner may also be undergoing physiological and psychological changes as well there may be this transition of identity and self-confidence. This is often a time to reflect on goals and health coaching could be a great guide.
How can you reduce symptoms?
Firstly look at your lifestyle and ensure that you have included the following:-
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet
- Reduce alcohol consumption
- Get regular exercise
- Reduce stress levels and take time for relaxation
- Reduce or quit smoking
- Get adequate sleep each night
If you feel that you are struggling despite these changes then chat with your doctor for more help and support. Not necessarily medication or supplements but maybe just to talk or obtain CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy).
The wellness service offers health coaching to help set goals, look at healthy weight interventions, getting more physically active and smoking cessation. All of which would support you through this time. If you wish you can self-refer via this website.