Their symptoms are just as real as what women go through in “menopause”, and “andropause” is just as taboo, if not more so. Talking about ones change of life, be they male or female, and all its myriad issues, is by far the most difficult conversation to have, even among [close] couples that have been married many years.
The symptoms of Andropause experienced by men will vary: decreased energy and libido (lack of interest in sex and/or erectile dysfunction due to low testosterone levels) obvious muscle aches, not able to get a good night’s sleep, and, yes, even hot flashes, night sweats and depression. (Sound familiar?) No one man will experience the same thing, and, in fact, some may say they never experienced the change at all (yet another similarity and truth!).
Fact: when men have reached the maturing years of between 40 and 45, their testosterone levels begin to decline and changes will become apparent. Some of the more common changes are: reduced frequency in sex and erectile dysfunction (a very sensitive and embarrassing issue for most men), depression, fatigue, and even levels of anger will manifest in that special someone you’ve never known to be easily aggravated.
Fact: lean body mass will decrease as well and there could be significant increase in fat mass. Hence the weight gain happens. So keeping fit becomes of the essence (staying leaner and more active helps the cause against the symptoms of aging); living a sedentary life just makes matters worse.
But all is not lost; there is help. TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) helps to re-energize the feeling of lethargy; it helps to increase lean muscle mass—keeping muscles from atrophy—and it improves sex life, reversing the aging process. It is sort-of borrowing years and extending a better quality of life.
In conclusion, Andropause, men’s “middle age”, is in many ways very similar to what Menopausal women suffer from. So this is where we must learn to stand and fight together. This is where, with love, patience and understanding, and a little education on the subject, couples can live a better quality of life in their aging years.
We dream a life to be; we live to dream that life! (vka)