Have you ever seen men around you acting weird of late or if you are a man then have you been getting the eerie feeling? This is not just a simple feeling of sickness but it is the sign of male menopause. The masculine term for this weird feeling of going blue or sometimes experiencing low libido at others is called andropause. This may be very new and seem to be unbelievable for you but most of the studies suggest the same. What we call is the “mid-life crisis” now seems to be this is a documented illness usually faced by men during their middle ages.
The androgen or testosterone is the male hormones which are responsible for the development of male characteristics. The male characters such as enlargement of penis and testes, a growth of facial and pubic hair, increase in the muscle mass, deepening of the voice and getting strength and growth in the height during puberty. In the adults, the testosterone works in maintaining the sex drive, production of the sperm cells and muscle mass. As one is aging the testosterone level decreases naturally. However, when compared to women the decline for men is far less. The drop of testosterone is subtle in men.
Causes of male menopause
For some of the men the menopause occurs naturally, it has been seen that andropause gets triggered by an illness, dementia, obesity, and depression. The diseases like heart attack and lungs diseases affect the production of testosterone. The men with autoimmune disease or cancer have greater risks of the decrease in testosterone levels compared to the other normal individuals.
What are the signs of male menopause?
The common sign and symptoms of man menopause are:
- Decreased sexual desire
- Sinking in body size this happens due to thinning of bones
- Decrease in the muscle strength
80% of men experience this stage and you’ll find the most common symptoms experienced by men with low testosterone is the diminished sex drive. When men begin to distaste for sex it is better to consult the doctor soon to maintain the healthy relationship.