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Is Male Menopause a Myth or Reality?

Is Male Menopause a Myth or Reality?

Hormone changes are also a natural part of aging for men and these changes can affect men’s relationships, and quality of life, or have negative health impacts. Male menopause can begin around 30 years old but can also begin later from lack of hormone production, so unlike female menopause, there is no real timeline of when you could start experiencing it. Talk to our provider at Assure Wellness Group if you are having any symptoms related to andropause. For more information, please feel free to contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Chesapeake VA and Alexandria VA.

Treatment for Male Menopause in Chesapeake VA and Alexandria VA
Treatment for Male Menopause in Chesapeake VA and Alexandria VA

Table of Contents:

How do you describe male menopause?
At what age does male menopause start?
How do I help my husband with andropause?
How many years does male menopause last?

How do you describe male menopause?


As we age our hormones begin to change, and for men that means a decrease in testosterone. Normally, when we think of menopause we think of women, as for women menopause marks the end of their having periods. Women begin to produce fewer hormones this is when the process begins, but for men, it is different as they will start to produce less hormones as well but there are no obvious consequences that happen.

When we think of “male menopause” the correct terms are either age-related low testosterone, or late-onset hypogonadism, or andropause. Most commonly when it involves male menopause, it is andropause, as this encompasses all low-testosterone-related issues that have been caused by aging.

At what age does male menopause start?


Men begin to experience changes in their hormones around 30 years old but can also be from lack of hormone production, so unlike female menopause there is no real timeline of when you could start experiencing it. These changes can have effects on men regarding relationships, quality of life changes, or even negative health impacts. Having your hormone levels tested beginning around 30 is something worth considering for men who are concerned about the potential of having male menopause.

Some symptoms men can experience when dealing with low-testosterone-related disorders are:

● Low libido
● Erectile Dysfunction
● Weight gain around the stomach area
● Short-term memory loss
● Brain fog
● Irritability
● Tiredness even after getting a full night’s sleep
● Fertility issues
● Reduced muscle mass

If you or your loved one has some or all these symptoms making an appointment with doctors like the ones at Assure Wellness Group can help you determine if you are experiencing low testosterone-related issues.

How do I help my husband with andropause?


When your husband begins experiencing andropause it can be stressful for them and yourself, as the symptoms they could be experiencing can be distressing for both partners. Speaking with your husband about your concerns is a great start, but make sure you are supportive and understanding as andropause for men can be as stressful as the beginning of menopause for women.

Seeing a doctor for hormone testing is important at this point, as they will be able to tell where the testosterone levels are sitting and be able to recommend the best treatment plan, from anti-aging medications for erectile dysfunction to hormone replacement therapy. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for low testosterone for men, which is why it is recommended to have your hormone levels tested frequently after you have begun treatment so your physician can determine if the hormone replacement therapy is working, or if the hormone levels need to be increased or decreased to keep you in an optimal range.

How many years does male menopause last?


Because male andropause is unable to be tracked the way that female menopause is, there is not a clear set amount of time that this could affect a man. There have been cases when it has been a 20-year long period to the low end of time being 15 years, as the body is having to adjust to the change in hormone changes happening.

Andropause can have negative health effects for men, which is why if you notice your husband or spouse has begun to display symptoms, sitting down with them to have a conversation can be extremely helpful as some men may not notice the symptoms in themselves. This can lead to a better quality of life long-term, better moods, and improved relationships when andropause is noticed quickly. If you believe your loved one is suffering from andropause our doctors at Assure Wellness Group are here to be your support symptoms, to help with the process of being diagnosed through treatment, and to help you live your healthiest and happiest life. Contact us or book an appointment online today. We serve patients from Chesapeake VA, Norfolk VA, Portsmouth VA, Alexandria VA, Hybla Valley, Springfield, Half Moon, Piney Gree, Sloop Point, Holly Ridge, and surrounding areas.

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