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Menopause in men: the signs!

by Josephine Andrews
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Is there a similar form of menopause in men as in women? In a way yes. Read here how menopause manifests itself in men, what happens during it and what men can do then.

Menopause in men: symptoms

Menopause in men is a casual term for the fact that some men – like all women – experience hormonal changes as they get older .

About half of all men over the age of 50 are said to experience “menopausal symptoms”. The following symptoms are considered such:

  • decreased sexual function, decreased sexual desire ( libido ), erection problems
  • Decreased muscle strength, decrease in the proportion of muscle in relation to fat tissue
  • increase in abdominal fat
  • Decrease in bone density, bone and joint problems
  • Changes in skin and hair such as skin dryness, decreasing elasticity of the skin
  • Loss of performance, declining memory, lack of concentration, stress intolerance, depressive mood

Male menopause: definition

When a man enters menopause , the amount of the male sex hormone testosterone decreases, while at the same time the sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) increases.

In addition, the levels of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) and DHEAS (dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate) decrease. These are also two sex hormones. Finally, the concentration of the growth hormone somatotropin is also reduced.

However, these hormonal changes are subject to enormous individual differences. Some men show a quite significant drop in testosterone, while others hardly at all. Many men are still fertile and sexually active even in old age.

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