Females experience menopause around the age of 50, but did you know that males also experience ‘male menopause’ around their late 40s to early 50s too? How do you know if you’re experiencing this phase? Here are some common symptoms:
- Loss of sex drive
- ED (erectile dysfunction)
- Mood swings and irritability
- Short-term memory
- Lack of energy
‘Male Menopause’ Myth
However, unlike menopause which females go through, ‘male menopause’ happens gradually. Symptoms in female menopause can be seen instantly as they are the result of a sudden drop in testosterone. For men, it is a steady decline – less than 2 percent a year starting from the age of 30 to 40. With this slight decline, it is unlikely that it will result in any significant changes. Any of the symptoms listed above are unlikely related to hormones. Therefore, ‘male menopause’ is a myth though the symptoms are similar to menopause.
These symptoms are more likely due to psychological problems such as stress, depression and anxiety. These can come from work, financial problems or family issues. ‘Mid-life crisis’ can be a factor as well! Sometimes the lack of sleep or poor eating habits might be a possible factor as well. However, if something felt amiss, it’s best to give your doctor a visit as there might be other health conditions responsible for ‘male menopause’, such as Hypogonadism.
Hypogonadism is when the testes produce few to no hormones. However, this condition is usually present at birth. People who have this condition from young will reach puberty at a later age with small testes.
Occasionally, it can develop at a later stage in life. However, do note that this medical condition is not part of the aging process. It is uncommon and it happens usually to men who suffer from type 2 diabetes or obesity.
So what should you do if you experience symptoms of ‘male menopause’?
1. Healthy diet
Start by adjusting your diet to include superfoods such as eggs, fish, blueberries and more which are a great source for nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids and protein. However, it is hard to consume the required daily intake of nutrients from food alone. Get supplements from a reputable source if you are unable to get enough nutrients from your meals!
2. Regular exercise
Get yourself in shape again with light, regular exercises such as morning jogs. You will feel lighter and it will help to improve your mood as well!
3. Consult Your Doctor
Visit a doctor for a check-up to find out if the symptoms of ‘male menopause’ you are currently experiencing is a psychological problem or a medical condition.
4. Talk to someone
If you’re feeling down, don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, family members or someone you can trust. Opening up about your issues and encouragement from others may help. If your condition doesn’t seem to improve, visit a clinic. .
5. Change of lifestyle
If you have been sleeping late or drinking alcohol excessively, time to stop these bad habits! Start paying attention to your daily routine and make some adjustments. If after a few months the symptoms still exist, consult a doctor.