By Linda Franklin
Women lose estrogen as they age, men lose testosterone. Women lose their hormones quickly after 40, for men it occurs at a slower rate. Andropause is the male equivalent of female menopause.
Hormone loss causes an imbalance in our system. This imbalance results in a lot of unpleasant changes in our bodies. Menopause has finally come out of the closet–Andropause hasn’t. Because it’s not talked about, men go through a very difficult time. They experience a lot of changes and don’t know what’s happening, why it’s happening and how they can stop it from happening. Too often, its self diagnosed as mid-life crisis which produces a whole new subset of problems. Maybe you can relate to fixing a hemorrhage with a bandaid approach. I’ve tried it, and from personal experience can tell you, it never works.
Here are some signs a man is experiencing andropause:-
- irritable behavior
- loss of muscle mass
- decreased libido
- difficulty sleeping
- weight gain
Men who are starting to notice these changes should talk to their doctors. A complete physical plus lab tests can determine if your testostrone levels need a boost. There are several treatment options. and your best bet is to find a doctor who specializes in hormones. They will help you choose the therapy best suited for you. As you begin any therapy it’s very important to be monitored. They will tell you all that. Since testostrone is vital in keeping your body healthy you don’t want to ignore it.
Ladies, I urge you to find out as much as you can about male andropause so you can help the men in your life start to feel better. They will be resistant. Aren’t they always when it comes to going for help. Don’t give up. You’ll be doing them a huge favor. AND When your special guy is feeling great you will reap all the wonderful benefits.