Male menopause. What is it and how to deal with it?

Menopause is the gradual decomposition of human reproductive functions due to age or internal changes.

It is generally believed that menopause occurs only in women. But this is incorrect. Men can have equally severe effects. Doctors sometimes call this period andropause (analogue with women’s menopause).

Symptoms of male menopause

Physiological changes

  1. Decline in overall energy.
  2. Increased sweating.
  3. Baldness.
  4. Decreased muscle mass.
  5. Skin flabbiness.
  6. Weight gain.
  7. Decreased immunity.

Psychological changes

  1. Mood swings.
  2. Increased anxiety.
  3. Reduced memory and concentration.

Changes in reproductive health

  1. Erectile dysfunction.
  2. Problems with conception.
  3. Decreased libido.
  4. Premature ejaculation.

Changes in the cardiovascular system

  1. Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome (TDS).
  2. Reduced levels of androgens in the blood.
  3. Frequent dizziness.
  4. The face radiates heat and redness
  5. Increase or decrease in blood pressure.
  6. Tachycardia.

The main reason for male menopause is a decrease in testosterone levels in the blood.

At what age does this start happening?

Usually andropause occurs during the ages of 40-70 years.

Early andropause can start before the age of 40.

Normally, andropause occurs between the ages of 40-60. The symptoms listed above are considered normal at this age.

Later andropause can set in after the age of 60.

Unfortunately, in modern men, early andropause is becoming diagnosed more often. At first, psychological changes begin, then the rest of the changes follow.

Obvious signs of early male menopause

The first physiological changes occur in the sexual sphere. Namely:

  • decreased sexual desire;
  • premature ejaculation;
  • loss of erection during intercourse;
  • shortness of breath, tachycardia even after minor exertion.

Causes of early andropause

  1. Frequent use of alcohol.
  2. Smoking.
  3. Endocrine disorders.
  4. Vast consumption of fatty and fried foods.
  5. Emotional stress.
  6. Chronic reproductive system diseases.
  7. Diabetes mellitus.
  8. Hypertension.
  9. Living in areas with a poor environment.
  10. Irregular sex life. Long periods of abstinence are the most common cause of early andropause.

What is the difference between male and female menopause?

The main difference is that the male is still able to conceive (unlike the woman), even though the ability is reduced.

Other differences:

  • Age: Menopause usually occurs after the age of 50 in women, but in men usually begins between the ages of 45-50;
  • Emotions: Women usually have more stable emotions than men;
  • Body systems: Women suffer more in the reproductive system, whereas in men, it is the cardiovascular system that suffers.

Diagnosing Andropause

Andropause can be diagnosed by a urologist or andrologist after collecting the necessary data about the patient’s health, regularity and quality of sexual life, blood tests for hormones, electrocardiography and ultrasound of the prostate.

How to reduce the likelihood and symptoms of early onset male menopause?

The average duration of the acute form of andropause is 5 years. But, using the methods listed below, you can reduce this period to 2 years. The shorter you can make the period last, the lower the probability of a heart attack or stroke. Scientists have established a direct relationship between these cardiovascular diseases and andropause.

If you are having problems achieving or maintaining an erection, we advise you to select poses that will maximize blood flow, such as missionary, doggy style, or related forms. When the body is in an upright position, the blood more easily flows to the penis, and not away from it, when the woman is on top. This will also help to prevent erectile dysfunction.

2. Use male intimate gels

Male intimate gels are not just lubricants, but a universal way of solving problems with your erection and testosterone deficiency. The composition of quality gels (Titan Gel, Xtra Man, etc.) contains ingredients that stimulate the production of testosterone and increase blood flow to the genital organs. As a result, two problems are solved: the normalization of the hormonal background and the improvement of the erection. With regular usage, the penis will grow in both length and thickness, due to more blood filling the space in the tissues.

3. Exercise the Kegel Muscle

The scientific name for this muscle is the pubic-coccygeal. It is responsible for the tone of the reproductive system and the health of the prostate.

To exercise the muscle, you can stop the stream of pee while you are urinating and squeeze for a few seconds. Gradually increase the duration and the number of such compressions, eventually learning how to do it while you are not urinating.

Compression of the Kegel muscle can be done in any environment since no one can see what you are doing. Thus you can do it at home, at work, at the bus stop, or at school.

4. Eat healthy

For men’s health, these products are the most useful.

  1. Fresh herbs (parsley, dill, celery, lettuce, spinach).
  2. Citrus fruits.
  3. Apples.
  4. Sour-milk products.
  5. Lean meat.
  6. Tomatoes, onions, garlic, cabbage.
  7. Oysters, caviar, red fish and other seafood.
  8. Nuts.

5. Contrasting cold and hot shower

The optimum number of contrasting changes between cold water and hot water is 6 times. Start each session with hot water, gradually changing it to a cold one.

Contrast showers improves blood circulation and promote the synthesis of testosterone.

Man Sitting On Bed And Feeling Unwell

6. Prevention

The best treatment is prevention. Here are some measures that will help delay the onset of andropause or alleviate its symptoms, if you currently suffer from it.

  1. Regular examinations with a urologist after the age of 35.
  2. Physical activity.
  3. Exclude fatty and fried foods from your diet.
  4. Yoga, meditation, and other calming activities.
  5. Regular sex life and loyalty to one partner.
  6. Sufficient sleep (7-8 hours a day).
  7. Stopping bad habits such as smoking and drinking
  8. Reducing the stress in your life and living a harmonious and calm life.

Andropause and obesity

Obese men are far more likely to have early onset andropause. Additionally, excess weight (especially in the abdomen), can negatively effect testosterone levels and blood circulation, which in turn has a negative effect on potency.

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