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Male Menopause

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Male menopause, technically known as male hypogonadism occurs when the testicles do not produce enough of the male hormone testosterone. If the level of this hormone drops, men can experience significant mental and physical changes.

Hormone variations are a normal aspect of getting older, in females, ovulation comes to an end and hormone production declines in a relatively short period of time, but men experience hormone shifts more slowly, with testosterone levels dropping around 1 percent each year beginning in a man’s late 30s.

Can men really go through the “change of life” also known as “menopause?” Don’t laugh because doctors are saying it might be a possibility!

Men all over claim to be suffering from weight gain, “sexual dysfunction,” fatigue, depression and other symptoms, as they approach the middle years. And blood test results for some of these men show low levels of testosterone, prompting medical professionals to believe that low testosterone levels and the symptoms mentioned above directly correlate with something called “late-onset hypogonadism” or in much simpler and understandable terms: “male menopause.”

The review, which reflected the journal’s opinion, found weak causal evidence that age-related hormone declines cause symptoms in men, a lack of long-term data, and at best, mixed results for short-term treatment. For a woman, menopause marks the end of fertility and occurs when progesterone and estrogen, produced by the ovaries, drop off. Symptoms can last several years, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Hormonal changes in men are quite different. Testosterone levels can decrease by about 1 percent to 2 percent each year after about the age of 40. While menopause is a universal experience for women, testosterone does not decline in all men. Other factors besides aging, like obesity or injury, are associated with low testosterone.

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