Andropause or Male Menopause | Learn About Clinic Male Testosterone Replacement Therapy for men

Male Virility and Male Menopause
Male Virility and Male Menopause

What happens to male hormones as a man ages? The menopause male.

As a woman, I am aware of the fact that as we age, our hormones change. Many articles are available to discuss menopause for women...we women love to discuss our ailments, don't we?

Did you know that men also go through hormone changes as they age? I doubt that you will ever overhear two men discussing hot flashes or lack of sex drive over a cup of coffee at Starbucks! This is a delicate subject that we just don't like to talk about. But we need to talk about it, especially if it is affecting how we feel physically, emotionally, and how it may be impacting intimacy with our spouse.

Unlike the more extraordinary hormone drop that occurs in women during menopause, hormone changes in men “occur gradually — over a period of many years” according to the Mayo Clinic. That said, the reality is a man’s hormones will change. Male testosterone declines just as a woman’s estrogen…only a little slower.

“Male menopause” is often used to describe decreasing testosterone levels that take place as a man gets older. When a woman goes through menopause, the drop in estrogen takes place quicker and the effects are more noticeable. In men, the loss of testosterone happens gradually so the changes in sexual function, energy level or mood — are likely to be less dramatic. Because the effect happens over a longer span of time, a man or his sexual partner, may not notice it as readily, until one day they realize they just aren’t “in the mood” anymore. For a male natural response to this may be “this is what is happening to me and I never knew!”

Fight male menopause with testosterone replacement therapy
Fight male menopause with testosterone replacement therapy

So what's the best way to refer to male menopause? Many doctors use the term "andropause" to describe aging-related hormone changes in men. Other terms for male menopause include testosterone deficiency, androgen deficiency of the aging male and late-onset hypogonadism.

In order to understand what is happening, it helps to understand a little about male hormones.The Mayo Clinic tells us the male hormone Testosterone levels vary greatly among men. In general, however, older men tend to have lower testosterone levels than do younger men. Testosterone levels gradually decline throughout adulthood — about 1 percent a year after age 30 on average. By about age 70, the decrease in a man's testosterone level can be as much as 50 percent”. This will have a direct bearing on a man’s sexual behavior.

What can a man do? Treating aging-related low testosterone with testosterone replacement therapy may be the answer. Just as a woman can benefit from hormone replacement therapy, a man may benefit from testosterone therapy. As a caution, just as estrogen replacements can have risks, so too can testosterone replacement. This is a good discussion to have with your partner and your doctor. Honesty is the best course of action when you are considering your quality of life and health.

Male Menopause Symptoms

  • Changes in physical performance and appearance
  • Change in moods including depression
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of energy
  • Diminished sex drive

Treatment for Male Menopause

Exploring your options of testosterone replacement therapy, reading, and being informed of new therapies...including natural herbal remedies...may shed light on the subject. Doing this gives you back some control over the effects of aging that we may not have to "just live with" as we get older

Consider a medically supervised testosterone therapy program If you are experiencing any of these issues. We may have to age, but we may not have to lose some of the enjoyment of our younger years! it may be a good time to have that discussion with your doctor. Male hormone changes just as female hormone changes are inevitable…the effects, however, may not have to be

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Bill withers 6 years ago

Yea baby Im gonna start pumpin up tomorrow. rarrrrh ruf ruf ouwwwwwouwwwwww. Man call. Thanks for a good article.

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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

So glad that it helped!

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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA

BAGT - My own belief is that the whole thing is a myth. Can't be a miss. Maybe the lack of them. Ah Well. Get to my age and it doesn't much matter anyway, right? :-)))

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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank for you for your hub on Andropause, it was very informative information. creativeone59

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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Gus you crack me up! You are too funny :)

Thank you creativeone for your comment!

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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

Thank you for your another very informative article. I am going to watch my husband more closely for any first symptoms of 'andropause', you are right, we need to age,we need to slow down, but it does not mean we need to 'stop everything and just wait until we die'...

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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Amen Beata! I say LIVE until you die :)

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Itswritten 6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

Very Very informative , but like Eddie Murphy said on Golden Child Aint nothing wrong with my yang, lol Great hub.

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Niteriter 6 years ago from Canada

My glorious pectoralis major has dropped to my midriff and my magnificent biceps inexplicably appear on the south side of my arm. ...and now THIS!

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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Yes- but it can all be improved on- don't despair! LOL profile image 6 years ago

What about kids!? When they're around all the time, I'm sure they drive hormone levels down!

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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author I think they have an impact for sure! They are such wonderful blessings, and yet, there is that side of it :)

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sexeducationnow 6 years ago

great work :)

Chuck Lethgo 6 years ago

I just started Hormone Replacement about 2 months ago. I have to say it was something I kinda just jumped into cause I could. I will say this that it was a great thing to do. I kinda went in and did it to get my sex drive back. Well in did in fact do that. Also it helped my social anxiety I have had for years. I had problems even going in Public Places like malls and stuff. Now I really don't have any problems. I just wanted to state that to someone. If you ever think you should give this a try do it. Or at least get your levels tested. My father who is 30 years older than me had higher levels of Testosterone than I did. Which was interesting so I gave it a try like he did. Its been great. Its not something you feel kick in like a drug. Its something that just gradually got better and soon enough I noticed. Its been great. Anyway I'm going to a place called HRC Medical Centers. Its in Nashville. I think they have other ones. I would suggest it to anyone. They have other places in the US but there website is

Kevin 6 years ago

I use Androgel daily and it has made a big difference in my mood and sex drive. I am 40 but feel like I am 18 again. :)

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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Excellent to know what is available for treatment. I think it is great to seek help. Androgel sounds like it makes a big difference. Good to share the info.

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