Andropause is a condition that affects men as they age. It is often described as 'menopause in men' and can cause a variety of symptoms. As different from women's menopause, men do not lose the ability to reproduce and some men may not even realize they are experiencing andropause. In this article, we will discuss what andropause is, the symptoms you may experience, and how you can deal with it.
Causes of andropause
Andropause occurs when a man's testosterone levels start to decline. This can happen as early as age 40, though it is most common in men over the age of 50. Testosterone is a hormone that helps to regulate many body functions, including sex drive and muscle mass. In men, production of testosterone and other hormones declines over a period of time and the consequences aren't necessarily clear. This gradual decline of testosterone levels is called late-onset hypogonadism or age-related low testosterone.
Symptoms of andropause
The symptoms of andropause can vary from man to man. However, some of the most common symptoms include:
- A decrease in sex drive
- Difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection
- Fatigue and lethargy
- A decrease in muscle mass and strength
- Mood swings and irritability
- Difficulty sleeping
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, and they are causing problems in your life, you may be suffering from andropause.
Treatment for andropause
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) involves taking synthetic testosterone to help boost levels back to normal. This is the most effective way to treat andropause, and can be very beneficial for men who are experiencing severe symptoms.
Medication may also be prescribed to help with symptoms such as low sex drive and difficulty getting or keeping an erection. These medications work by increasing blood flow to the penis, which can help you get and keep an erection.
Lifestyle changes can also help you manage andropause. Some studies suggest that smoking and high cholesterol may increase the risks for early andropause. Some tips include exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep are also recommended Following these simple steps can help you feel better overall and manage the symptoms of andropause
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Information provided by:
Dr. HUI Min Yee, Linda
Department of Health, HK