For women, getting later in age is associated with mood swings and hot flashes—but do men go through similar hormonal changes? Yes; men go through andropause, which refers to the hormonal changes that men experience later in life. Here’s what you should know.
What is Andropause?
Andropause refers to the symptoms men experience as their testosterone production levels decrease with age. After the age of 40, testosterone levels start to decline and the symptoms associated with andropause begin to manifest. Testosterone levels can also decline due to medications and lifestyle choices. Andropause is also more commonly clinically referred to as testosterone deficiency syndrome, androgen deficiency, and hypogonadism.
It is important to note that andropause is not the male equivalent to female menopause. Not only do men not lose the ability to reproduce completely, not all men experience it.
Signs and Symptoms
As you continue to age, it is normal for men to experience physical, sexual, and emotional changes as a result of a decline in testosterone production. Some symptoms associated with low testosterone levels include:
- Low sex drive
- Reduced muscle mass
- Irritability and mood swings
- Erectile dysfunction
While the symptoms associated with andropause can seem overwhelming, you can manage your symptoms and their severity with the following tips:
- Eat a balanced diet, rich in essential vitamins and nutrients
- Get regular physical activity
- Get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep
- Manage your stress levels
Because many of the symptoms associated with andropause can be tied to other health conditions, it is important to talk to your doctor to determine their cause.