Did you know that menopause affects both Men and Women?
Much has been written about female menopause – from the signs and symptoms to look for to the most effective interventions on how to deal with it. The role of hormones has been highly associated with women and their health yet the link between hormones and aging amongst males is not openly discussed as much as female menopause. Male menopause, often considered a myth by many, does exist. Through their unique and holistic approach to health, the Rejuvalife Vitality Institute in Los Angeles recognizes the role of hormones in helping men improve their health and overall well-being.
How Common is It?
By and large, it has been considered that the signs and symptoms related to male menopause has always been existent yet the majority of males do not really talk about it. However, the past decade has shown that more men are now coming forward, presenting themselves in clinics to seek medical care.
The most recent research concerning male menopause is the HIM (Hypogonadism in Males) study wherein 38 percent of the men over 45 years old who presented themselves in medical offices were revealed to have low testosterone. The signs and symptoms associated with male menopause are strongly linked to low levels of testosterone. These men are often referred to as hypogonadal males. Majority of experts speculate that male menopause is more prevalent than we think as most males do not seek medical care for their hypogonadal symptoms.
Common Signs and Symptoms
Like women, men also experience hormonal changes which significantly affects their physical well-being, mood and sexuality. The most common signs and symptoms observed are the the following:
inability to perform vigorous activities such as lifting heavy objects or running
unable to bend and stoop
chronic fatigue, short-term memory loss, weight gain and sleeping problems
chronic worrying, indecisiveness, depression and irritability
sexual difficulties such as decreased sex drive, decreased frequency of morning erection and erectile dysfunction (difficulties in having and maintaining an erection)
Diagnosis and Treatment
The most common diagnostic technique in detecting male menopause is through blood tests to detect one’s level of testosterone. After other medical causes are ruled out, testosterone replacement is then recommended.
Hormone replacement therapy will be of great benefit to males who suffer from physical and mental changes brought about by hormonal deficiencies and low testosterone levels.