It’s not just a female thing. Men have menopause too!
Male menopause? They say it’s real!
For years, menopause has been dubbed a “woman’s condition” but it seems men also experience a decline in testosterone hormone levels as they match into their 40s. This causes ‘andropause’ which affects approximately 5 million dudes in the U.S. of A only.
Lucky enough, hormonal decline in men isn’t as abrupt as it is in women. But one thing for sure, waning testosterone may cause mood swings, irritability and depression in men. And besides the moods, it increases the risk for heart disease and makes a man more susceptible to injury because of decreasing bone density.
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Andropause isn’t mid-life crisis. And not every man experiencing a decline in testosterone can be said to have it. It is a medical condition which is diagnosed with a blood test that reveals testosterone levels below a certain level. Hormone replacement therapy can be done if one is diagnosed with it.
One thing for sure that is associated with waning testosterone is a decrease in libido since testosterone is what stokes the flames of desire. Much as they occur around the same time, andropause shouldn’t be confused with erectile dysfunction (ED) either. Viagra may improve erectile ability but as men grow older, it won’t give them the desire to have sex because Viagra doesn't heighten testosterone levels.
If you aint having sex the way you were when you were 20 or 30, nothing is wrong. Instead, try embracing a deeper kind of intimacy with your spouse and open yourself to a different experience of sex … aging has its rewards too. Sex evolves with the passage of life.
If this is a totally new phenomenon for you, read Jed Diamond's "Surviving Male Menopause: A Guide for Women and Men".
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