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Is There a Male Menopause?

Updated on August 22, 2009
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Glendon and his wife have led church ministries, conducted empowerment seminars, and travelled to faraway places on business and vacation.

Women control the language; they use more of it. Better too. So sooner or later you might even hear about male monthly cycle. Wait, there is already a male monthly cycle; men produce semen enough for nocturnal emissions every three weeks if there is no sexual activity. But the problem with the human race is that a normal healthy male is ready for sex every single hour of his life.

Women enter menopause whenever they cease to menstruate; and this sometimes uncomfortable phase marks the end of reproduction. It may be accompanied by hot flashes, irritability, depression and mood swings.

So you know that sooner or later the vocabulary must say something about the male gender. Male menopause is in. Is it for real?

What is male menopause? Whereas a woman's midlife crisis is mainly due to the hormonal and physiological changes, the male midlife is characterised by reduced sex drive and growing disillusionment with self. So men, we are told, compensate by inventing a false sense of youth and energy. The grand period of skirt chasing, and fast cars, too late in the day.

Why call it the male menopause?

Because the language is dominated by women, they use it more, and use it better, even when they are wrong.


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    • glendoncaba profile image

      glendoncaba 8 years ago from Somewhere in the hubverse

      Self fulfilling prophecies could also arise if men are told every day that something negative will happen at a particular stage in the life cycle.

      Admittedly, we do take stock and might make life changing decisions that could shock others. But this is likely to happen at any stage in life depending on the emotional and social stability or instability of the individual.

      Midlife crisis is likely to lead to sexual slowdown and unusual decisions but why call it the male menopause if we were not menstruating all along. I believe it may have started as a tongue in cheek point of reference, but the sound of it is awkward.

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      robertsloan2 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      You make a good point about the term. I tend to think of the midlife crisis as something else -- something cultural. It has to do with parenthood too.

      When kids are small, men are obligated to raise them and provide for them. Most of their resources go toward supporting the family. If they don't get cut out of the loop in a divorce, that's going to be a huge part of their lives and a major reason to make conservative choices in life.

      Hang onto a high paying but unsatisfying job because the kids need the money -- that's an ethical choice. Once they have grown up, that job may not be worth the money and the money may not be as important. The choice of "live on the cheap or climb the corporate ladder" is a personal one and that's the sort of thing men look at when they reach midlife.

      Or they realize they do have all that money now but never had a motorcycle -- and that's the time to get one despite what other people think of it. I respect people who do things like that. Someone who's completed his obligations honorably should be able to kick up his heels and do what he wants. Conformity isn't the end-all and be-all.