Menopause In Men – Is It So Different From Women?

Menopause In Men – Is It So Different From Women?

Women are not the only ones who suffer from effects caused by hormonal changes. Physicians have found that some of their male patients also present some of the manifestations that women experience in perimenopause and menopause.

The medical community is currently debating whether men have a well-defined type of menopause. Specialists believe that male patients who had hormone therapy with testosterone reported some of the symptoms associated with so-called male menopause.

About testosterone drops during menopause:

Testosterone is the hormone responsible for male sexual characteristics. This is the factor that triggers the formation of the penis and the testicles since the intrauterine life. At puberty, testosterone stimulates the growth and enlargement of the penis and the testicles.

These hormones cause the appearance of facial and pubic hair, thickening of the voice, building muscle mass, balancing the way the fat is distributed in the body, and influence the height increase that takes place during adolescence. Testosterone controls sexual appetite and sperm production as well.

Testosterone is produced by the testes and in a fairly small amount of adrenal glands located in the upper part of the kidneys. Testosterone production is controlled by a complicated process that starts in a portion of the brain called the hypothalamus.

When there is enough testosterone, the hypothalamus sends a message to the pituitary gland to stop the production of LH, and the testes thus lower the production of testosterone. In a male adult, about 7 mg of testosterone are released each day.

Symptoms of low levels of testosterone:

Testosterone decline is normal as aging causes a drop in testosterone levels much more severe than other hormones in the body.

Consult a physician if any of the following manifestations occur:

  • Progressive decrease in muscle mass
  • Diminishing sexual desire or libido
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sensation of weight increase
  • Sleep disorder
  • Nervousness
  • Low self-confidence
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

For men whose testes produce too little testosterone or not at all, the doctor may prescribe testosterone replacement therapy. It works by restoring libido, fertility, muscle strength and preventing bone loss, but the long-term benefits and risks of this type of therapy in older, healthy males have not been sufficiently studied.

In the vast majority of studies, testosterone replacement therapy decreases the amount of male fat, increases muscle mass, improves resistance, and increases bone mineral density.

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