Believe it or not, males get to experience menopause like females. The male version of menopause is generally termed as andropause.
Like women, men also experience changes in their body, which affect their hormonal, physical, psychological and even sexual aspects. This could happen when a man reaches around the age of 44, at an average. Some men may have it earlier and some others experience it at a later age. But, what is male menopause actually?
What is Male Menopause?
Male menopause is the event where men experience several bodily changes with age. During this phase in men’s lives, there is a shift especially in their physical, psychological and emotional aspects. The thing with andropause or male menopause is that is happens at a slower rate compared to women. The changes, signs and symptoms may occur together, but they show up slowly.
The question now is, why does it happen? The natural aging process of men decreases their capacity to produce healthy levels of testosterone in the body. A man will always be able to produce testosterone even until when he is very old. However, the production could slow down as the body experiences aging. With their hormone levels declining slowly, males in the andropause age have testosterone imbalances and more symptoms occur in domino effect. These changes also have accompanying symptoms, including the following:
- body weakness or fatigue
- decrease libido
- weaker erections
- increased abdominal fat
- sleep disturbances
- hair loss or balding
With all these bodily changes, men could get really grumpy so they would tend to divert their activities. At some point, men may feel that their quality of life is so low during this stage.
It is very important to remember, though, that not all men get to experience these symptoms. Some men may undergo male menopause, but the symptoms related to it won't show. Some men may manifest symptoms, but only in their later years, at around their 80s.
Listen to Dr. Andrew Petersen, talk about male menopause and the the importance of androgens or the male hormones. Look at how he explains the process carefully and understand why male menopause happens. Check this video out (6.08 minutes long)
Now you know how these symptoms are causing you trouble these days, but can these be prevented in other ways than what Dr. Petersen has suggested? Read more to find out.
Can Male Menopause be Prevented?
You have to know that it is highly possible for you to prevent andropause from occurring. Here are some common recommendations for male menopause prevention. They are very simple and too mainstream maybe, but they are actually effective and the safest tips you can get.
- Lower or cut alcohol consumption to maintain healthy testosterone levels and keep sexual drive.
- Reduce stress and engage in physical activity to decrease cortisol and increase testosterone.
- Get enough sleep and rest. Make sure you get nice REM sleep, because testosterone is produced mainly during this hour.
- Eat food items that increase testosterone production. Choose foods that are rich in zinc, vitamin D, Omega 3 and calcium.
- Avoid sugary and too salty food items.
- Cut down on caffeine and food with bad cholesterol
- Keep a good weight to regulate hormone production
All the tips above will help you feel good about yourself. In this case, you can also get the chance to avoid feeling anxious or depressed about your condition.
Primary Treatment Options
Effective treatment of male menopause include techniques that are very simple. The good news is, these methods are highly attainable and are easy to use to treat the symptoms of male menopause. You can take male supplements that are specified for men in andropause. The supplements are usually provided to improve strength and increase strength and stamina.
The Maca root is one good herbal item to help with male menopause symptom management. Some experts suggest males to use male progesterone creams to help with male menopause management as well. It helps in balancing male hormones and improve sex drive.
It is also important to improve your diet to manage andropause problems. You can actually learn more about the healthy tips to eat during andropause. Get some educated tips from D. Jerry Life himself through his book, “The Life Plan Diet“. Dr. Life knows how it is to undergo changes with age, as he himself has been through everything, from being an overweight 59-year old to his very own sexier, stronger and healthier version!
The best advice by professionals when it comes to the treatment options for andropause is to observe the right lifestyle practices. You may not know it, but it only takes discipline for you to achieve good health and basically prevent and treat the symptoms that come with male menopause. Like the menopause in females, lifestyle changes are practically important as it could bring wonderful effects to your well-being as a whole, especially during male menopause.
A Few Words …
When it comes to bodily problems, men tend to keep information to themselves. They feel like if they talk about their problems, they lose their masculinity. Especially when it’s all about sex, depression and other related issues. However, there are some few men who actually have the courage to tell their wives about the changes they feel.
Men are encouraged to talk about their changes. They need to have a support system to tell them that it is acceptable to discuss their problems. After all, they are human too.? They have feelings which should not be taken for granted.
As for the men reading this, open up – it doesn't make you less of a person!
Has your man hit menopause? Support him as he goes through this important stage in his life!
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