6. August 2010 12:14
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.