Is there a Male Menopause?
Male menopause is often used in the media as shorthand for the health consequences of an age-related drop in testosterone in men. Whilst helpful as an easy to understand analogy to the female menopause, male menopause is not a medically accurate term. The term "menopause" describes the time in a woman's life when her monthly periods stop as her oestrogen levels significantly decline, usually between 45 to 55 years of age. Men do not universally suffer from an equivalent change of life.
However, men’s hormone levels and balance do go through changes as they age, particularly if they fall into ill health. Falling levels of testosterone and increasing resistance to its action can cause men from around the age of fifty (and in some cases younger) to lose their morning erections and develop erectile dysfunction (ED) amongst other symptoms.
The Centre for Men’s Health specialises in the provision of testosterone replacement therapy and ED treatment to help men in this situation.
Male Menopause – What’s in a name?
Other common terms used to describe this situation and the symptoms and signs that usually come with it include andropause, hypogonadism and Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome. All these refer to the same condition. The Centre generally uses the term Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome (TDS), as we believe this most accurately describes the condition and its cause.
However, as ‘Male Menopause’ is a term used extensively in the media to encompass a wide range of symptoms, for the purposes of explaining how it might be recognised, on this page we will continue to use the expression Male Menopause.
Male Menopause – What are the symptoms?
The range of possible symptoms to look out for is similar whether the cause of a man’s level of total or active testosterone becoming too low (deficient), or their body being unable to make effective use of the testosterone in the blood, is due to ageing or other factors.
The signs and symptoms often include loss of energy, drive, libido (sex drive) and erection problems, especially a loss of morning erections. Symptoms can also include depression, irritability, night sweats, joint pains, weight gain, memory loss, lowered self-confidence and poor concentration.
In addition, there is mounting evidence indicating that very low testosterone, can be responsible for a host of serious diseases in later life including diabetes, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease.
While most men who experience age related testosterone health issues will experience symptoms during their late forties to early fifties, symptoms can start any time from the age of 30 onwards.
However, these distressing symptoms can often be helped by testosterone replacement treatment, aided if necessary by erection medications, a combination of which can provide a success rate of up to 90% for ED.
How is the Male Menopause diagnosed?
Here at the Centre for Men’s Health, any diagnosis is based on a very thorough review of your health and symptoms.
The first step is to ask you to take a blood test before your first visit. This will result in a detailed review of your testosterone levels and connected hormone measures alongside wider health measures such as prostate inflammation, liver and kidney function, red and white blood cell count and blood fat.
Then, at your appointment, our team of doctors will review your symptoms, your medical history and will also conduct a physical examination. We also discuss the results of your blood test with you. We can then discuss the findings and put together a plan with you to treat any health issues we find.
Are you going through the Male Menopause?
If you think you may be going through the male menopause, why not take our Testosterone Deficiency Checker Test?
It’s a free, easy questionnaire which you can take in the privacy of your own home. Just answer a series of questions and we’ll email you your results.
Just click the ‘Take the Test’ at the bottom of this page.