Every man’s worse nightmare could be the inability to reproduce at a certain age. At a certain point in their lives, every man will be able to experience initial signs of infertility such as erectile dysfunction and the like.
However, in the natural course of the life history of a male individual, the ability to have an erection, produce sperms and ejaculate it does not really regress with age that significantly as compared to the female population. If for the females this is called menopause, for the men it is andropause.
Andropause is a term used for men when they start experiencing the signs and symptoms that women also experience when they have menopause.
But scientifically, this term is not appropriate because in men, there is no such thing as andropause or the point wherein they no longer produce androgen, a sex hormone.
What happens when men experience andropause?
Unlike in women, men do not have paucity in the production of their androgens. For the most parts in their lifetime, the levels of androgens in their body does not decrease significantly and therefore, they can still produce sperm cells and provide offspring even if they are 90 years old!
However, there are times when the reproductive tract and organs itself are deteriorating due to old age thus there would be an effect on the sexual capability of men resulting to problems with erection and ejaculation.
Howl old do men have their andropause?
The occurrence of andropause in men usually increases with age but they do not have a constant age value for this.
But for most statistics, when a man reaches his forties, there would be a greater chance for him to have his andropause of about 2 to 5 percent.
As the age range increases to the 5th decade of life, the chances of having andropause would increase to 20-45% already! Therefore, age is one of the greatest contributing factors for andropause.
What are the symptoms of andropause that every man should watch out for?
The symptoms of andropause are almost similar to the symptoms that women experience when they have their menopause.
- Diminished sexual desire and erectile quality – this is probably the most alarming symptom among the many symptoms that a man would experience during andropause. And for most men, this is also very bothersome because for men, the sexual desire and satisfaction has been an important aspect in their lives.
- Mood changes – who says that only women can have mood changes?! Well they are wrong since men can do so too especially when they are in their andropause stage. Aside from this mood change, there is also presence of decrease or loss of intellectual activity.
- Body Changes – such as having reduced body mass and loss of body hair is also an indicator that a man is nearing or in the stage of his andropause.
So these are the signs and symptoms that man should watch when he suspects that he is undergoing andropause. But it is always good to consult a doctor for this because they are the one’s who could advise you well and what to do about it or which supplements should you take.