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Male menopause – true or false?
06 August 2010
I often get asked ?Is there such a thing as the male menopause?? particularly by men in their fifties! I think it?s a really interesting question and one which I haven?t found a definitive answer for yet ? but this is what I?ve gathered so far …..
We know that in most men the male hormone, testosterone drops around 1% per year after the age of 30. By about 70, the decrease in a man’s testosterone level can be as much as 50%. But the drop is gradual over the years and not the same dramatic drop that women experience with the female hormones ? oestrogen and progesterone at menopause.
The symptoms though can be debilitating namely poor sleep patterns, a reduced sexual function and drive, reduced muscle tone and increasing body fat, decreased energy and confidence. All sounds pretty familiar to me ? just like the menopause ? so not really surprising that it?s a real challenge to keep a close, loving relationship going through this period of our lives.
The Men?s page under the Support section on the website is a good insight and I hope it helps.