Andropause, the 'male menopause'

Andropause, the 'male menopause'

Andropause, often referred to as 'male menopause', is a term used to describe a set of symptoms associated with a decrease in testosterone levels in ageing men. While it's not as well-known as menopause in women, andropause is a natural phenomenon that can significantly impact men's health and wellbeing.

Do men get menopause?

While men don't experience menopause in the same way women do, they do undergo hormonal changes as they age, leading to symptoms similar to those experienced by women during menopause.

What is andropause and is it a real thing?

Andropause is a natural stage of ageing characterised by a gradual decline in testosterone levels in men. While it shares some similarities with menopause in women, such as hormonal changes and accompanying symptoms, it's not as abrupt or clearly defined. Instead, the decline in testosterone levels occurs gradually over many years.

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What is the cause of andropause?

The main cause of andropause is an age-related decline in testosterone production. Testosterone levels typically peak in men during their late teens or early twenties and gradually decline by about 1% per year after the age of 30. Other factors, such as lifestyle habits, stress and underlying health conditions, can also contribute to the onset and severity of andropause symptoms.

At what age does andropause occur?

Andropause typically occurs in men between the ages of 40 and 65, although the exact age can vary from individual to individual. Some men may experience symptoms of andropause earlier or later, depending on various factors, including genetics and overall health. 

How long do does andropause last?

The duration of andropause can vary widely among men. Some may experience symptoms for a few years, while others may continue to experience them for a decade or more as testosterone levels continue to decline with age.

Symptoms of andropause

  • Depression
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Hot flushes
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle loss
  • Decreased bone density
  • Mood swings
  • Memory problems
  • Insomnia 

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HRT for men

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be recommended for men with severe symptoms of andropause. HRT involves supplementing testosterone to restore hormone levels to a normal range and alleviate symptoms. However, HRT is not suitable for all men and should be carefully monitored by a doctor due to potential risks and side effects.

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Recommendations for men going through andropause 

Lifestyle

  • Maintain a healthy weight through regular exercise and a balanced diet.
  • Manage stress through relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga. If you need additional support, try Stay Calm®, a unique formula of adaptogens, providing natural balance, calm and focus.
  • Get regular physical activity to support your overall health and wellbeing.

Diet

  • Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats.
  • Limit the intake of processed foods, sugary snacks and excessive alcohol consumption.

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Supplements

When to see a doctor?

If you're experiencing symptoms of andropause that are impacting your quality of life, it's essential to seek medical advice. A doctor can diagnose andropause and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

 
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