How to identify and deal with the male menopause

  • By Dr. T Deepa Porkodi

Following changes are seen in men at menopause:

  1. Changes in sexual function: Decreased desire to have sex is most commonly seen. Erectile dysfunction, fewer spontaneous erections like the early morning erections are also pretty common. Decrease in the size of the testes is another symptom of male menopause.
  2. Sleep Changes: Alterations in the levels of testosterone (hormone) may cause insomnia, or increased sleepiness.
  3. Physical Changes: Increased body fat, a bulky appearance, loss of muscle bulk etc. are seen in men undergoing menopause. The strength, endurance and bone endurance levels decrease. The man may frequently complain of being tired and bored
  4. Emotional Changes: Loss of memory, trouble remembering little things are quite frequent. A lack of motivation, low self-esteem, and the need for constant encouragement may be seen. The man may become moody, irritable and withdrawn.

Ageing affects everyone, men and women alike. Male menopause is a reality that men are gradually waking up to. Dealing with the symptoms of menopause, especially the sexual changes, can be very traumatic for men.

How to deal with it:

It is important to understand that these symptoms are normal signs of ageing. However, they may also be side effects of medications or alcohol abuse. However, it is always wise to talk to the doctor..

Dealing with the effects of decreasing testosterone levels can be quite difficult for men. Sexual changes can hamper his feelings of masculinity. Emotional changes are not accepted and discussed.

Though the processes of nature cannot be reversed, one can definitely handle them better.
Regular exercising will keep the bones healthy and strong. You will feel fresh and active.

Talking about your problems will help you a lot. It will help you accept facts in the right spirit, and will show you that you are not alone in your sufferings.

The effects of testosterone replacement therapy have to be fully understood. Synthetic testosterone and herbal supplements are at best avoided. With no known benefits, they are rather proven to increase the risk of prostate cancer.

If you suspect of having symptoms of low testosterone, consult your doctor. Though the testosterone levels cannot be replaced, there are ways to deal with the symptoms.