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Women experience menopause when her ovulation ends and the hormone production goes down dramatically. In recent times, it has come to light, that even men go through the menopausal state. Read on to know more about is male menopause a myth or a reality.
In a research that was done for the first time, a team of British researchers tried to establish if male menopause really exists or not. Towards this they studied over 3000 males in the age group of 40 to 79. With the help of questionnaires they tried to assess the sexual, physical and psychological health of the men. Together with this they also measured each participant’s level of testosterone. This research report was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It pointed out that with age, as the testosterone levels fall, there morning erections becomes lesser, men have lower desire for sex, and often also suffer erectile dysfunction.
Testosterone is the hormone that is produced in males mainly in their testicles. This hormone helps to maintain:
Male menopause is the phase wherein levels of sex hormone, testosterone, gradually fall. It is generally at the rate of approximately a percentage annually after age of 30. Sometimes doctors use other terms like andropause, testosterone deficiency syndrome, androgen deficiency, or the late onset of male hypogonadism.
Low levels of testosterone can be diagnosed with the help of a blood test. Some of the symptoms include:
Sometimes these symptoms could be an outcome of other factors like depression, alcoholism, anxiety, and even certain on-going medication. Hence it’s important to get the right tests done so that the real underlying cause behind the symptoms can be identified.
It is important to remember that some men, however, normally have lower levels of testosterone without any of the symptoms of male menopause. In such cases no treatment is required.
It is only when the doctor finds that you are experiencing these symptoms and your blood tests also reveal low levels of the hormone that he will suggest treatments.
One cannot increase the levels of testosterone. However, these steps will help you feel better.
Testosterone injections, pellets, patches, and gels are available in the market today. Usually a pill containing the hormone is not prescribed as many doctors feel that it can adversely affect the liver.
The benefit of testosterone replacement therapy is still under consideration. While some benefit from it because it reduces the issues that they face due to falling levels of the hormone while some don’t benefit from it. In fact, it can even be risky to some. Some of the risks are:
Due to these risks, you must consult your doctor before agreeing to this form of therapy.
If you feel that you are going through this phase, then do visit your doctor to find out for sure and then seek his advice so as to cope and improve the quality of your life.