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Menopause versus Andropause

by HomeRearedChef (writer), San Jose, February 14, 2013

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Menopause and Andropause share some similarities.

Andropause, aka "Man-opause"—versus Menopause—is a syndrome that does indeed affect the male species. But to what degree it affects men is what we are going to discuss in this post.

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)



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By Barbara MacDonald on February 14, 2013 at 06:00 pm

The reality is that you have two choices...You can get older or you can get dead...lol sorry, but true eh? I will chose the first option and give thanks to have the privilege of living long enough to now have my hair turning silver...I rather like it actually.

In many ways I still think women have some advantages over men when it comes to sensuality...just my opinion...but I have never been a man, lol... so I could be wrong.

I never wanted to take any hormone therapy...not liking the side effects and the possibility of it causing cancers... I rather get old gracefully...is it the same with the male testosterone do u know? If so, I would recommend other options myself. Great article my friend...hugs

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By HomeRearedChef on February 15, 2013 at 01:07 am

LOL! I LOVE your comment, Amiga. Friends have recommended hormone therapy but I REFUSE to take them. I, too, like you, want to grow old "gracefully." I do not know if testosterone is the same, but since you asked, now I need to find out. lol!

By the way, I have NOT dyed my hair in over 25 years. I like the peppered gray that is coming in. I do not mind getting older. I just want to grow old with as little pain as possible. :)

Though I hated all those messy monthlies, I still would much prefer to be a woman. (A personal opinion, of course. lol!) I have enjoyed my years as a woman. Oh-yeah!

Mucho HUGS mi Amiga!

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By HomeRearedChef on February 15, 2013 at 01:07 am

LOL! I LOVE your comment, Amiga. Friends have recommended hormone therapy but I REFUSE to take them. I, too, like you, want to grow old "gracefully." I do not know if testosterone is the same, but since you asked, now I need to find out. lol!

By the way, I have NOT dyed my hair in over 25 years. I like the peppered gray that is coming in. I do not mind getting older. I just want to grow old with as little pain as possible. :)

Though I hated all those messy monthlies, I still would much prefer to be a woman. (A personal opinion, of course. lol!) I have enjoyed my years as a woman. Oh-yeah!

Mucho HUGS mi Amiga!

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By riginal on February 16, 2013 at 04:13 am

"You can get older or you can get dead?" Barb, what's wrong with you and HRC growing old DISGRACEFULLY? Put your leathers on girls...steal a Harley and LIVE! There's so much yews haven't done yet. Like...rob a bank.Hand the teller a note saying "we're menopausal...don't give us the sh..ts or we will scratch and spit you to death and make horrible sounds on the glass safety shield with our nails...after it comes down on our wrists!" Wrestle a wild bore round the living room. Run down the street nude shouting "the British are coming!" Even if they aren't...just run down the street! Jump out of a commercial plane with a parachute. Still bored? Jump out of the plane WITHOUT a parachute! Or,get dressed, put some music on and go crazy.Remember! You're out on bail for robbing a bank, giving a Virgin pilot a heart attack...and annoying the vacant British...so much to do...so little time...cheers.

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By HomeRearedChef on February 16, 2013 at 02:03 pm

Dear Riginal, you sure know how to make a girl feel good about herself. I am actually having a delicious fantasy here: Barbara and I having a Thelma & Louise road trip. Now if that doesn't chase my menopausal blues away, well, I don't know what will! lol!

Thank you for the great comment, Amigo, you are the bomb!! :)

Hasta luego, my friend!

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By melanie jean juneau on February 16, 2013 at 02:34 pm

I would NEVER relive my youth- too exhausting and hard. Sure i am grateful because it was only when I reached bottom, did He have a chance to do His thing and heal me but I am looking forward to a rocking chair surrounded by grandchildren, crocheting and writing

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By riginal on February 16, 2013 at 07:09 pm

mo9 I'm glad you're looking forward to a rocking chair! Because something has to tame your 'youthful' explosive WRITING on issues that are near and dear to your heart. Writing has no restrictions on anybody on this planet physically or mentally. Kind thoughts- succinct catch nets- can embrace,fend off, blunt the barbs of dissention when you choose to go into laptop battle. You are reliving your soul's youth through your writing/memories, and that takes an enormous amount of youthful energy. More so than robbing people. Let's leave that up to the banks. Your inspirations are ageless. And you know where they come from!The pen/laptop is mightier than the age. If i'm wrong may I be struck down and turned into a sausage. Owww! turn the stove down. Owww!...put that fork down..."oil change olive...I...will!" Just wish I had private sausage cover...Owww!

will....

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By HomeRearedChef on February 19, 2013 at 01:43 am

Melanie, I love the idea of a rocking chair, but I think I will probably be found with my grandchildren in the garage, working out with weights. And I have no doubts that my grandsons will join me. :)

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By HomeRearedChef on February 19, 2013 at 01:44 am

Riginal, mo9 indeed explodes with her writing! :)

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By Barbara MacDonald on February 19, 2013 at 05:14 pm

LOL...I will be found with my music cranked dancing away while cleaning...or just lost in the tunes...yes, I can be a rebel...when is our road trip? :-) I refuse to grow up ...lol

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By HomeRearedChef on February 19, 2013 at 05:39 pm

Our road trip is coming soon, Amiga. By the way, I, too, am a rebel, but with a cause. lol!

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By Barbara MacDonald on February 19, 2013 at 05:43 pm

:-) me too...the cause is to LIVE LIFE each day that we are blessed to be breathing. :-)

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