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The Truth about Male Menopause

What if you were told that men are experiencing menopause too? I bet you’d laugh with that idea. However, it is true. Men, just like women, also experience menopause. Although, you may think that the decreasing sex drive and mood swings are only the results of pressure from work, when the truth is, they are symptoms of menopause.

The truth about male menopause has long been debated, whether it is a fact or merely fiction. However, there are studies that show that males really experience a male version of menopause.

While in women it’s the end of menstruation, male menopause is exhibit by the drop in hormonal levels. Low estrogen levels causes females to start menopause, while a low testosterone level results in male menopause, termed as andropause.

Some men are still in constant denial about the existence of male menopause. They would rather call this a “mid-life crisis”, although this is said to be something else as well. A middle-age crisis is simply a psycho-social issue, and does not happen to every man. Moreover, it does not affect men’s sexual life. On the other hand, male menopause is a natural physiological occurrence that greatly affects the sexual drive starting at the age of 40.

Studies also revealed that the male gradually decreases testosterone hormone production around that time. So when a man is around 80, his hormone level is that of pre-puberty levels. While men can continue to father children during, and long after their menopause, a significant decrease in their testosterone level will affect their sexual capacity.

Male menopause symptoms are somewhat similar to those experienced by women during menopause. However, male menopause symptoms are generally more sexually-related, some of which are: decreased sex drive; decrease in strength and endurance; and less strong erections. Symptoms common to both male and female menopause are the behavior problems and sleep disorders.

Up to now, even with all this scientific evidence, males won’t still accept the fact that menopause will also happen to them. They won’t accept that their sex drives are not as virile and as active as when they were in their 20’s. Well, they cannot do anything about male menopause as it is inevitable. Just like women, they only have to face it and make the most out of that stage of life.

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