Is there such a thing as a ‘male menopause’?

Oh yes! You read it right!…..Male menopause.

In the country like India where we are still hesitant to talk about the terms of ‘Periods’ or ‘ menopause’ in females, it will take time to digest something called ‘Male menopause’.

But what is Male menopause?

Because men do not go through a well-defined period referred to as menopause, some doctors refer to this problem as androgen (testosterone) decline in the aging male — or what some people call low testosterone when they reach their late 40s to early 50s.

Symptoms

  • Changes in sexual function
  • mood swings and irritability
  • loss of muscle mass and reduced ability to exercise
  • fat redistribution, such as developing a large belly or “man boobs”
  • a general lack of enthusiasm or energy
  • difficulty sleeping or increased tiredness
  • poor concentration and short-term memory
  • decreased bone density.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms that might be the result of a low testosterone level, consult your doctor. He or she can evaluate possible causes for the way you feel and explain treatment options.

Let me clear out one thing here is, its nothing related to so-called ‘mardangi’ or masculinity. The Hormone changes are a natural part of aging both for female or male species on the planet but the truth is  Men don’t like to go to doctors.  The biggest hurdle in treating male menopause may be talking to your doctor about your symptoms. Many men are too intimidated or shy to discuss sexual topics with their doctors.

But because these symptoms can interfere with everyday life and happiness, so it’s important to find what can be done to resolve it.

Treatment

The most common type of treatment for symptoms of male menopause is making healthier lifestyle choices. For example, your doctor might advise you to:

  • eat a healthy diet
  • get regular exercise
  • get enough sleep
  • reduce your stress

These lifestyle habits can benefit all men. After adopting these habits, men who are experiencing symptoms of male menopause may see a dramatic change in their overall health.

While colossal efforts are made by Govt organizations and NGOs regarding ‘periods’, ‘female menopause’  and ‘ Safe sex’, it is time for us to start talking openly about ‘Male menopause’ and spread awareness about it.

After all, men are also a masterpiece of nature!

Good Luck!!

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