Male menopause is real but rare says study

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When we think of the menopause, most of us probably imagine a middle aged woman suffering from mood swings and hot flushes and yes we may joke about a male menopause but most people really believe that to be a myth. Wrong!

Just days after the concept of the male menopause was dismissed, a new study has revealed that the male menopause is not a myth, ok so it’s quite rare, affecting only about 2 percent of middle aged men, but for them the experience is very real.

The researchers from the University of Manchester assessed the sexual, physical and mental health of over 3,369 men aged between 40 and 79 from 8 different European Centres.

A total of nine symptoms of the male menopause were identified the three most of important of which included poor morning erection, low libido and erectile dysfunction which are all related to low testosterone levels.

However, depression and fatigue and an inability to indulge in sexual activity were also linked to low testosterone levels.

Other symptoms that were not linked to low testosterone levels included anxiety, changes in sleeping patterns, poor concentration and feelings of worthlessness.

The condition known as late-onset hypogonadism, is a condition where the testes don’t work properly and affect hormone levels and this is linked to poor health and weight gain.

Professor Fred Wu, from the University of Manchester’s school of biomedicine, who led the study, said late-onset hypogonadism wasn’t like classical hypogonadism where similar symptoms were accompanied by a diagnosable condition, reported the BBC.

“This well-practised diagnostic approach is frequently found wanting when dealing with the age-related decline of testosterone in elderly men who are prone to have a significant background of non-hormone-related complaints” said Professor Wu.

“Our findings have for the first time identified the key symptoms of late-onset hypogonadism and suggest that testosterone treatment may only be useful in a relatively small number of cases” added Wu.

According to Professor Wu, sexual symptoms weren’t confined to men with low testosterone levels, but occurred even in men with normal testosterone levels.

“It is therefore important to specify the presence of all three sexual symptoms of the nine testosterone-related symptoms we identified, together with low testosterone, in order to increase the probability of correctly diagnosing late-onset hypogonadism.

“The application of these new criteria should guard against the excessive diagnosis of hypogonadism and curb the unwise use of testosterone therapy in older men” said Wu.

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3 Comments

  1. Chaty Boris
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    wow i thought that was a myth too, but why i never experience that? maybe i don’t know how does it feel.

  2. helen carter
    Posted August 30, 2010 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Nice post! Thank you. Are you okay if I ask you an inqury? So this is my story: My thryoid took the plunge many years ago. I unfortunately have been by the lowest dose on Synthroid as well as it keeps my TSH within normal range. Then, two years ago, I had a large cysts on both ovaries as well as both ovaries were removed. Wasn’t long after that the hotflashes took control! I have 20+ hotflashes per day, means too numerous hotflashes at night, haven’t slept well up to 18+ mths. Do you had any suggestion what to try?

  3. dude
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Having a midlife (I’m 51 years old ) crisis or depression is a reality for me and a lot of men. It can feel as if we have lost the rudder of the reality boat as we are trying to sail through this sometimes low part of our life journey. At times we’re angry and emotional, in or out of control of our behaviour, too soft or too harsh toward others, experience unclear thinking, lack of focus, feeling like you having everything and nothing all at once, no future prospects of happiness can be seen in your mind, and over-doing/being compulsive about some of the things we -think- we are losing (sex or manhood or respect). Also, just trying to keep it together without hurting your family and screwing everything up is in your thoughts often at this time.

    This mid-life man thing is some crazy stuff I never thought I’d experience. I’m still having issues, but coping a little easier with a better diet, walking a couple of miles every morning, trying to keep my emotions/actions in check, and staying away from booze and tobacco. In our hearts we guys know that drinking and/or smoking makes every part of our lives harder and more screwed up, yet we will keep doing it sometimes because we think it helps us get through.

    My midlife issues I list above started mildly at 43, and became pretty strong at age 48. I am a little better now at 51, and I have some bad days here and there, but realizing the freak show in my mind I’m experiencing at times is actually a natural chemical reaction or change and is a process of life. The bullsh** thoughts that we can have in the throws of a crisis day are not real, and not permanent. Brothers, you are not alone in this; get through it as calmly as you can. Try to observe yourself and the crisis process as you start to act up and feel bad–this helps me alot.

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