Male menopause: myth or mortal danger
Jokes about male menopause are thing of past, doctors recognized his reality. And is it really so dangerous?
With age, not only in women decreases amount of sex hormones. In men about 40 years old, there are problems with development of male sex hormone – testosterone.
This process is one of main causes of decreased sexual activity and poor health, and is called andropause, or male menopause. Male menopause can occur at any age. It is customary to distinguish between:
- Early andropause – up to 45 years.
- Usual – from age of 46 to 60.
- Late – after 60 years.
Already from 30-35 years, level of testosterone in body of man begins to decline by about 2% per year. If family life of man takes place in atmosphere of quarrels and scandals, and work is associated with great nervous tension, amount of testosterone in his body drops at accelerated pace. It has been proven, that even perfectly healthy man, who is experiencing stressful situation, decreases testosterone levels by 10 times.
They are the following:
- “Tides” are accompanied by feeling of heat, sweating.
- Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), drops in blood pressure, feeling of lack of air, dizziness.
- Aching pain in left side of chest, especially in stressful situations.
There is feeling of inner anxiety, irritability, nervousness, deteriorating memory and ability to concentrate thoughts. Man becomes annoyed. After outbursts of anger, apathy usually occurs.
Consequences of male menopause
Lack of male hormone adversely affects state of bone and muscle tissue, nervous system, skin, hair, nails. Simply put, person begins to age. However, lack of sex hormones is reflected not only in appearance. Most of men, who have stepped over 40-year-old milestone are concerned about decrease in libido and erectile dysfunction that they haven`t previously encountered.
With age, person suddenly begins to notice that he has become tired more quickly, his sleep, memory, attention have deteriorated, his working capacity has noticeably decreased. For some representatives of stronger sex, all this can cause prolonged depression and even thoughts about suicide.
If man’s character deteriorates right in front of his eyes – he becomes nervous, irritable, suspicious, withdrawn or too aggressive, know that cause of all these changes can be andropause.
Testosterone-deficient vascular problems cause fluctuations in blood pressure and hypertension. Contraction and relaxation of walls of blood vessels is possible only in presence of this hormone. In combination with other risk factors, lack of testosterone can trigger myocardial infarction.
What to do?
Male menopause is associated with general aging of body, because it can`t be avoided, but there are factors that contribute to its early onset:
- Influence of toxic substances.
- Radiation exposure.
- Violation of blood flow in testes.
- Neoplasms of benign and malignant nature in testicles.
- Inflammatory genital diseases.
- Alcoholism, smoking.
So, by reducing negative factors you will get best results and andropause will never disturb you.