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Manopause - The effects of the male menopause.

Updated on March 12, 2012

The Menopause in men and women.

Night sweats, mood swings, and depression are just some of the events that take hold when women reach "that certain age" when the menopause strikes. It seems that womens bodies' are prepared from an early age to cope with child-bearing in adolescent years and then forty years or so later, it is stripped from them. What about when middle age hits the average guy? Some men don't get off Scot-free. This hub is about the men in our lives, and the changes that they go through. I call it "The Manopause."

The Manopause (or andropause)

Men and women are different in very obvious ways. Menstruation for women occurs in their teenage years, although my partner does suffer from P.M.S. for two months of the year. Basically this has nothing to do with the manopause and instead is Pre-Match Stress during the summer when the football season stops! The Manopause doesn't have quite the same effect as Menopause has on a women. Men don't have to worry about their monthly periods stopping, whether or not to take HRT, or that mother nature is telling them that their child-bearing years are coming to an end.

Men have completely different worries which are still very important and worrying. They may start to lose their hair, may lose their sex drive and may feel anxious or depressed. It is common for a man to go through a "change of life" crisis between the ages of 50 and 60. Manopause affects men in various ways. They too go through changes both emotionally and physically. Testosterone levels fall - a recent report from the British Medical Association stated that around 1% of testosterone decreases annually from around the age of 40 years old. Although doctors do not recognise "manopause" as a medical condition, there is another condition known as andropause.

The difference between Manopause and Andropause

Basically, Manopause is the term given to a man who reaches middle age. These are some symptoms of manopause which are very common in most men:

  • tends to put weight on much more easily.
  • grey or thinning hair.
  • may go through feelings of insecurity.
  • may lose sex drive.

In other words, manopause is a normal process of growing older. As I mentioned previously, testosterone levels decrease at a rate of 1% per year from the age of around 40 which is common, however, if the testosterone decreases at a higher percentage, the effects of the menopause in males becomes known as Andropause.

What is Andropause?

Andropause is a medical term used by doctors for middle-aged men undergoing the "change of life." 100% of women go through menopause, while around 3-5% of men go through manopause. The symptoms of vary from man to man, but these some of the conditions which may affect some men:

  • loss of libido
  • sexual dysfunction
  • anxiety/depression
  • insomnia
  • hot/cold sweats
  • higher than 1% annually testosterone decrease
  • chronic tiredness

If you suffer from any of the above, it could be that you have reached andropause, and should consult your doctor. A simple blood test can tell if this is the case.

Treatment for Andropause

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor may prescribe a hormone medication to slow down the testosterone decrease, and tablets to treat sexual dysfunction are available.

There are a number of ways that you can help yourself through this stage in life:

Good diet - Drinking plenty of water helps keep the body hydrated. Eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is a great source of vitamins and minerals.

Reduce stress - Being stressed out is not good for your physical and emotional well-being. Look at your life and try to find ways that this can be reduced.

Exercise - Regular exercise is especially important to increase energy levels, improve your mood and aid weight loss.

Fresh air - This will clear your body of impurities and boosts oxygen levels in our blood cells. By spending at least 20-30 minutes in the open air each day will also increase energy levels.

Give your partner a treat

If your partner is in his manopausal years, why not give him a little treat by taking him away for a relaxing weekend or short break. If this is not an option, you could run him a warm bubble bath and let him ease away his troubles, surrounded by scented candles. Cook his favourite meal, with a bottle of fine wine by candlelight, and soft background music playing is a sure way to get the stress levels down. Give him a gift voucher for his favourite hobby, hairdressing salon, or a facial etc.

Perhaps pamper him by giving him a massage with some carefully chosen essential oils:

Ylang ylang is a sweet smelling oil and wonderful for reducing stress and anxiety. Sandalwood is very relaxing for both the mind and body. Lavender reduces tension and has properties which can help induce sleep.

Always exercise caution when using essential oils, and never use on anyone with a pre-existing medical condition. If you are in any doubt, refrain from using them until you have consulted with your doctor. Pure or baby oil is an alternative to essential oils, and is still very soothing and relaxing.


Men suffer similar symptoms to women in menopause, except that they are less common and less severe. The most important thing is to be there, show you care and work through it together.


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    • jacqui2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      @ Kirkman - I'm glad that the information was useful. I checked out your blog which was very informative, and passed it onto my brother and partner to check out. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      6 years ago

      Great hub..Thanks for this well put together hub. Useful info as well..


    • jacqui2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      @ Jokko Viel - Thank you so much for your comments, which are appreciated.

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      Jokko Viel 

      6 years ago

      Nice hub. Thanks for those valuable info. Treating male menopause naturally has no side effects.Very well written & explained.. Keep posting.


    • jacqui2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      @ John - Thank you for stopping by. Best wishes.

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      6 years ago

      I have been through it my self

    • jacqui2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      @ MoiraCrochets - Glad it made you smile. Thanks for the vote up. Shrinking is quite a fitting word to associate with this article! Thanks again.

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      Moira Durano-Abesmo 

      6 years ago from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines

      Such an interesting topic! Reminds me of what we jokingly call it here - MEKOPAUSE (from the root word MEKOPOS which, in our dialect, means SHRINKING)LOL!

      But your hub is not a joke. I rated it funny (because of what I personally associate it with, I'm still smiling) and interesting and voted up.

    • jacqui2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      @ laine harrison - Thanks for reading.

      @ The Blagsmith - Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read. Can't believe that it was 5 months ago since the Japan earthquake. Not long now til your wife joins you. Best wishes to you and your family for the future. Keep strong.

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      The Blagsmith 

      6 years ago from Britain

      Hmmm some tips for my wife when she joins us in March. A lovely hub and also thanks for the encouragement during the earthquake five months ago.

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      laine harrison 

      7 years ago

      thank you for sharing this one.

    • jacqui2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Nice to meet you too Movie Master. I agree as I suffer some of the symptoms too - not an easy time of life. Thanks for your comment.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jacqui, I have been going through the menopausal symptons myself, it's not an easy time, but reading the symptons it sounds as though my husband certainly is, he'll never admit it! It's nice to meet you and thanks for an informative hub.

    • jacqui2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      @ epigramman - Thank you for your kind words. Some of my family live in Ontario, Canada. I'm so jealous, its our summer here in the UK, and I have been trying to dodge the rain for the last week or so. Have a wonderful summer.

      @ Steph Harris - Thank you for taking the time to read my hub and your comments are appreciated. I too, have been busy with my own symptoms, and was surprised to find that men go through a similar phase. Take care.

      @ ubanichijoke - I really appreciate your feedback. Before I did the research, I never knew there was a manopause. Take care.

      @ Horse Feathers - Glad you enjoyed the hub. You make a good point about the vitamin supplements, they can help in a number of ways. Happy pausing to you too! Lol.

      @ raconner - Thanks for the vote up, really appreciated.

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      7 years ago

      Voted up. Informative hub

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      Horse Feathers 

      7 years ago from Indiana USA

      I did get my manpurse and manbra.

      I don't take this subject lightly and good job bringing it to peoples attention.

      My hair is mostly intact although getting gray. My sex drive is the same as when I was 20. Night sweats and the weight gain I see. Although just 20 lbs., witch can be a problem, than when I was 40.

      I do take niacin. Dr. recommended to keep cholesterol under control. A form of vitamin B. Keeps good cholesterol up and bad down.

      Happy pausing!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      Quite interesting hub you gat here. Never heard much about manopause. I am wowed by your well researched, informative and well written hub. Thanks for this wonderful hub cos am now well informed and will know what to do in the future. Remain blessed

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      Steph Harris 

      7 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

      Very interesting hub Jacqui2011, I have been so busy of late, going through the menopausal symptoms, but, yes, you're right men can go through such things as well. It is just not easily admitted to by many men, my hubby included.

      I don't think he would be too grateful for the bubble bath and essential oils, not manly enough for him. The meal and candle light, very good suggestion. Voted up and all the buttons as this is a very useful hub. Well done.

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      7 years ago

      ...very interesting, education and enlightening hub article and it may just very well fit my male demographic at the age of 53 as I am a single man (but not confirmed bachelor -lol) and I do suffer from mood swings and situational depression - well who doesn't and as I always say -welcome to the human race and it all depends on how to deal with it (whatever the problem may be) .....thanks so much for writing this - it's an eye opener in many ways and many of these symptoms I can relate to ....unfortunately!

      lake erie time here in Ontario, Canada 10:32pm - my first dip into the water today ......on a very hot summer's day.

    • jacqui2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Thank you Deborah-Diane. It seems to be a topic that is not discussed much at all. My partner is coming up to "that" age, so its better to be prepared!

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      7 years ago from Orange County, California

      This is an important topic. Well done.


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