Male Menopause or Andropause
Male Menopause or Andropause is also referred to as Hypogonadism or Male Climacteric.
Andropause has never been in the public spotlight because men who experience the characteristic decline in virility during middle age are reluctant or even unwilling to acknowledge the condition.
It is all to often seen as inevitable. In fact, in most instances, this condition goes untreated.
Improvements in endocrinology and reproductive medicine now offers a comprehensive treatment program for andropause, a condition that previously received almost no attention from the medical establishment, the media or from the men it affected. An Endocrinologist that treats andropause, using blood tests, can determine if your Testosterone level is in the below normal or low normal range.
Some researchers has been studying this subject for decades, along with the effects of aging on reduced levels of male hormones.
By comparison the symptoms of andropause are not as overwhelming as the changes women experience, and andropause does not affect all men. Only 40% of men in their 40s, 50s and 60s experience some degree of lethargy, depression, increased irritability, mood swings, and difficulty in attaining and sustaining erections that characterize andropause. These unanticipated physical and psychological changes can be cause for significant concern or even crisis.
If the spouse is not understanding, these problems may result in a powerful combination of anxieties and doubts, which can lead to total impotence and sexual frustration.
In Boston, a recent study surveyed 1700 middle-aged men. The report states 51% of normal, healthy males age 40 to 70 experience some degree of impotence - defined as a persistent problem attaining and maintaining an erection rigid enough for sexual intercourse.
The aging process alone, can not be responsible for this problem as well over 40% of males remain sexually active at 70 years of age and beyond.
There seem to be many influencing factors in andropause and not all have been fully researched. Some known contributers to this condition are hormone deficiencies, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, hypertension, prescription and non-prescription medications poor diet, lack of exercise, poor circulation, and psychological problems.
Of course the doctors who profess to be experts in this area have very different opinions.
However, they do agree that a general decline in male potency at mid-life can be expected in a significant proportion of the male population.
Those endocrinologists and scientists who have pioneered hormone studies say this andropause phenomenon correlates with a decline in testosterone levels. The hormone testosterone stimulates sexual development in the male infant, bone and muscle growth in man and is responsible for sexual drive.
By the age of 55, it has been found, the amount of testosterone secreted into the bloodstream is significantly lower than it was just ten years before. Fatigue, depression, loss of concentration, as well as decreased muscle strength and endurance are caused by low levels of testosterone.