Both men and women can find hormones a tricky thing to tackle, especially as we get older. Unfortunately, changes in our hormones are a natural part of aging.
While we’ve all heard of the dreaded menopause, what happens for us men as we get older? Is the ‘male menopause’ really a thing? Or a total myth?
We take a closer look at how our hormones change as we age.
The male menopause myth [debunked]
Women and the menopause is usually the only combination we hear about. But for some time now the ‘male menopause’ has been used to describe the decrease in testosterone levels we experience as we age. However, the way our hormones change as we get older differs considerably between men and women.
So are they really the same thing?
During the (female) menopause, ovulation ends and hormone production takes a nosedive in a relatively short amount of time – aka, the menopause. In men, however, our testosterone and other hormone levels decline more gradually over a long period of time, with consequences somewhat foggy in this area.
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This much slower decline of testosterone levels is called late-onset hypogonadism or age-related low testosterone.
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How do you know if you have low testosterone?
Although it can differ slightly from one guy to the next, a man’s T levels start to naturally decline (at around 1% per year) after the age of 40. But before you get too caught up in a sudden drop in testosterone, remember, this is a gradual decline.
Despite this gradual decrease, most older men still maintain healthy-levelled T levels. Not as many older men have low T as you may believe. In fact, only 10 to 25% of men have what are considered ‘low’ T levels.
During this time, low testosterone levels in older men often go unnoticed. Plus, they aren’t frequently recognized, since it requires a blood test to check. Every guy is different too, with some men with low T never really experiencing symptoms of low T.
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There is a multitude of lifestyle factors, medications and other medical conditions that can cause low testosterone.
So, how do you know if you have low testosterone? Low T symptoms and signs include:
- Reduced libido
- Fewer spontaneous erections or erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Lack of energy and motivation
- Poor concentration
- Low mood
Some men can also experience trouble sleeping, muscle and strength loss and increased body fat as a result of low testosterone.
So, is the ‘male menopause’ a thing?
Many men face struggles with their testosterone levels. However, unlike the (female) menopause which happens quite suddenly, men experience a gradual decline.
So, is the ‘male menopause’ really a thing? While men experience physical and emotional symptoms as a result of low T, the term itself suggests that these symptoms are the result of a sudden drop in testosterone. This isn’t true.
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Although testosterone levels fall as men age, the decline is steady at less than 2% a year. So, I guess you could say that the same principal of the female menopause isn’t quite the same for men, since it happens more gradually. Whether you opt to call it the ‘male menopause’ is up to you!
However, the symptoms and signs of low T are very much real.
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Treating low testosterone can vary greatly. But thankfully, there are plenty of natural ways to treat low T. From regular exercise to T boosting foods, tantric lingam massage and fruits that help with erectile dysfunction – you don’t need to suffer in silence!
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