How About Men? Do They Go Through Menopause Too?

Would you like to know if men go through menopause too? Well currently, medical professionals are still debating if there is such a thing as male menopause. The fact, however, that there is a debate on the issue is an indication that it is very likely that there is, in fact, something called Male Menopause. Let’s find out some more about the topic.

Menopause: What Is It?

If you do not know what menopause is, here are some facts about this condition:

  • It affects women;
  • When it begins differ from woman to woman. Generally though, perimenopause or the onset of menopause is observed by majority of women when they are in their late 40’s or early 50’s. In some rare cases, women in their late 30’s have been reported to experience perimenopause.
  • Hormonal changes occurs with menopause and the usual symptoms are cessation of the monthly period or menstruation, hot flashes, increased irritability, anxiety, night sweats, weight gain or weight loss, and feeling the need to always visit the comfort room to urinate.
  • Menopause happens because of the decline of the female hormone called Estrogen, and this causes havoc in the woman’s system.

How About Men? Do They Go Through Menopause Too?

What About Male Menopause? Doctors who believe that there is such a thing as male menopause believes so because they have male patients who come to them for help with problems caused by hormonal imbalance similar to menopause.  Male menopause is also referred to as Andropause by medical professionals. Here are the symptoms male patients go through, feel, and experience:

  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Sexual problems

Medical experts treating male patients with the above condition has identified that the main cause is the decline of the male hormone called Testosterone. The decline is age-related; as men grow older, the level of testosterone declines.

Treatment The common medical treatment for menopause (in women) is HRT or Hormone Replacement Therapy. For male patients, there are 2 modes of treatment available: Androgen Therapy and Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). TRT or Testosterone Replacement Therapy, however, is believed to worsen Prostate Cancer so patients are counseled to seek expert advice before starting this type of treatment.

Doctors believe that there is a safer way to deal with menopause and its called lifestyle change. Changing some basic things in how a person lives can actually do so much when dealing with menopause. A healthy lifestyle which includes a healthy diet and regular exercise can do wonders in alleviating the symptoms of menopause.

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