Is There A Male Menopause?

Low energy?

Decreased sex drive?

Erection problems?

Loss of energy?

Weight gain?

Brain fog?


Problems sleeping?

If you’re 40 and over and you answered “Yes” to three or more from the list, then it’s possible that you’re experiencing the signs and symptoms of andropause, ‘male menopause’ or more accurately Testosterone Deficiency.

My research and conversations with two medical doctors have helped to enlighten my understanding about men’s issues. I was told that men’s hormone levels and balance often go through changes as they age, particularly if they fall into ill health due to problems like obesity, stress and high alcohol intake. This can affect many men with symptoms that are sometimes severe. On the other hand, not all men suffer from a comparable change of life.

So, in reply to the question, does male menopause exist? The answer is yes, it is a real, identifiable health problem.

The good news is that it can be treated successfully and effectively with testosterone replacement therapy.

Most men are hesitant to discuss their experience of andropause because of societal expectations. Gender norms discourage men from expressing vulnerability or discussing emotional struggles. Men may feel pressured to appear strong and stoic. Men may fear being judged or ridiculed for discussing symptoms like mood changes, fatigue, or reduced libido. There is also the fear of aging. Men are sometimes afraid to acknowledge andropause because it can remind them of aging and death. So, some will avoid acknowledging it to maintain a sense of youthfulness.

Many men are unaware of andropause or its symptoms. They may attribute changes to stress or other factors. Some may prefer to handle health issues privately rather than openly discussing them. Men should be encouraged to have open dialogue to help break down these barriers and promote better communication about andropause.

There is the misconception that andropause is only about sexual health. It is not. Andropause affects more than just sexual function. It involves hormonal changes that impact mood, energy levels, cognition, and overall well-being. There are physical changes. Men experience muscle loss, weight gain, and fatigue during andropause. These changes go beyond sexual health.

Their emotional well-being is also compromised. Mood swings, irritability, and anxiety are common symptoms. Emotional health is a significant aspect of andropause. Andropause can also affect daily life, relationships, and self-esteem.

My medical advisors suggested some lifestyle changes that men could employ to help manage andropause symptoms:

  1. Regular Exercise: Engage in physical activity to maintain muscle mass, improve mood, and boost energy levels. Strength training and aerobic exercises are beneficial.
  2. Healthy Diet: Consume a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Limit processed foods, sugary snacks, and excessive alcohol.
  3. Adequate Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours per night. Proper sleep supports hormone regulation and overall well-being.
  4. Stress Management: Chronic stress can worsen symptoms. Practice relaxation techniques like meditation, deep breathing, or yoga. Also, if possible, get rid of the stressor.
  5. Maintain a Healthy Weight: Excess body fat can affect hormone levels. Aim for a healthy weight through diet and exercise.
  6. Avoid Smoking and Limit Alcohol: Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can impact testosterone levels.
  7. Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration supports overall health and hormone balance.
  8. Supplements and Vitamins: Consult a healthcare provider about supplements like vitamin D, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Individual needs vary, so it’s essential to discuss lifestyle changes with a healthcare professional. They can tailor recommendations based on your specific situation

Andropause – just like menopause – can impact relationships. Reduced testosterone levels during andropause may lead to decreased libido and sexual desire. This can put a strain on intimate relationships.

Mood swings, irritability, and fatigue associated with andropause can affect communication and emotional connection with a partner.Muscle loss, weight gain, and fatigue can impact self-esteem and body image, affecting intimacy and confidence.

Men experiencing andropause may struggle to express their feelings or cope with emotional changes, leading to communication difficulties.Partners need patience and empathy to navigate these changes together. Open dialogue and support are crucial.

Remember that each relationship is unique, and understanding, compassion, and communication play vital roles in maintaining a healthy partnership during andropause.

Partners can support each other during andropause by encouraging honest conversations about symptoms, feelings, and concerns related to andropause. Active listening and empathy are essential. Learn about andropause together. Understand the physical and emotional changes to provide informed support. Be patient with mood swings, irritability, and fatigue. Show compassion and understanding.

Encourage regular exercise, healthy eating, and adequate sleep. Use stress management techniques such as meditation and relaxation. Seek professional help together. Accompany each other to doctor’s appointments. Explore treatment options like testosterone therapy.

Maintaining intimacy during andropause involves understanding, patience, and creativity. Communicate openly about feelings and needs.  Partner should show empathy and emotional support. Explore new ways to connect physically such as hugging, kissing and holding hands. Remember that intimacy is multifaceted, and adapting to changes during andropause can strengthen your bond.

The aim of this article is to highlight these aspects, dispel the misconceptions and promote a more comprehensive understanding of andropause.

About The Author

Olive is Relationship Consultant and Traditional Matchmaker who has been passionate about psychology and relationships from an early age. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology and have successfully provided guidance to singles and couples for over 10 years. She is well known for her commitment to clients and passion for helping persons to find greater fulfilment in their relationships.

Olive is a published Author of the book Start Doing “It”- Making your Relationships Better and more Exciting. She’s conducted a series of workshops on Break Through to Happiness, and previously worked as a Mental Health Case Manager at one of Toronto’s leading mental health institutions.

Olive resides in Toronto Canada with her family.

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