menopause is very common and has been known about for a very long time, but it
has been only recently discovered within the last ten years that men also go
through very similar symptoms that are almost identical to a woman's.
A MEDICAL DEBATE:
The medical community has been debating the existence of male
menopause for a considerable period of time. The questions is does it really
exist?, If so, what effects does it have on men? What are the symptoms? Is
it treatable? And what can a man do to prevent or postpone its arrival? And
finally what is the similarity to a female menopause?
Can this just be a
figment of imagination? Can the symptoms just be a dramatization of known facts
about women's menopause? Or can this just be a non existent entity? Can this
just be a feminists activity to emasculate men?
Only until recently,
the entire subject of the male menopause was filled with confusion and
controversy. While women were accused of going through middle-aged crisis and
menopause-related aberrations, their male counterparts got away with propagating
the myth of the 'ageless male' and boasted of virility all the way to their
SO WHO DOES IT
EFFECT ? It would seem
assume that as a man ages, the body changes and medical evidence clearly proves
that a man's sexuality changes with the advancing aging process. The instant,
anytime, 'as many times as you want' erections that are more the rule rather
than the exception at age 18, do not last forever. With advancing age, the urge
slows down, erections take time to come on, anytime is not a good time and the
penis requires more direct stimulation in order to get aroused. And besides, the
erections may not be as rigid and firm, and ejaculations become more feeble. The
over all recovery period gets prolonged.
The masturbation process has
been blamed and so has the viewpoint that a middle aged man has had enough
sex so as to not be so preoccupied with it any longer? Could it be that his
wife has aged a bit and she is no longer as physically attractive or
interested as before? Or is it because of the physical and mental pressures
of the job, or the demands of parenthood, pre-occupation with the lives of
grown-up children or aging parents?
Aging & Sexuality
IS MIDDLE AGE
CRISIS THE SAME AS MALE MENOPAUSE?
Yes say doctor's,
there is something known as a mid-life crisis. This is often a time in life when
stability has been achieved and the struggles that were once a large part of
life are now at an end. This new awareness that a life change has taken place
can sometimes trigger a crisis. For some men, new found stability may signify an
end to vitality or youth. Many men find that after spending a lifetime working
towards the goals of family and peers, the end result is unfulfilling. This is
also often a time of change. Major shifts in career, marriage and parenting
often occurs during this time period.. And, along with the physical signs of
aging comes realization of impending old age and retirement. This time of life
will only become a crisis if the changes become too difficult to cope with.
So, mid -life crisis, thus, is
essentially a problem of psycho-social adjustments, diet, life style
modification and activity level's and attitude towards self and others. It
need not necessarily have a bearing on a man's sex life. It is then not
synonymous with the male menopause although there is frequently a
superimposition of male menopausal factors in middle-aged men going through
crises and this makes the picture some what hazy. Sometimes
referred to as the baby boomer curse which even adds more confusion to
understanding the actual problem.
Menopause, Androgens & Testosterone]
WHAT IS MALE
MENOPAUSE? Male menopause, is a
distinct physiological phenomenon that is in many way's very similar to, yet in
some ways quite different from the female menopause.
Menopause is a
condition most often associated with women, It occurs in a women when she ceases
to menstruate and can no longer become pregnant. Men experience a different type
of 'menopause' of life change. It usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 60.
Unlike women, men can continue to father children, but the production of the
male sex hormone (testosterone) diminishes gradually after age 40.
Testosterone is the
hormone that stimulates sexual development in the male infant, bone and muscle
growth in adult males, and is responsible for sexual drive. It has been found
that even in healthy men, by the age the 50's, the amount of testosterone
secreted into the bloodstream is significantly lower than it is just ten -
fifteen years earlier. In fact, by age 80, most male hormone levels decrease to
pre-puberty levels. [See
Menopause, Androgens & Testosterone]
In the year 1944,
what we now describe as the male menopause was reported in a key article by two
American doctors, Dr. Carl Heller and Dr. Gordon Myers. They compared the
symptoms with those of the female menopause, and did a blind controlled trial
study showing the effectiveness of testosterone treatment.
many pioneering efforts, this went unnoticed. Men were unwilling to accept that
they could attain 'menopause' and such research was often hurriedly brushed
under the carpet. Men with genuine symptoms were told that 'this is just a
mid-life crisis' Besides, testosterone therapy had come into disrepute because
of its abuse by athletes and the concept of testosterone replacement therapy for
male menopausal symptoms was not received very well. Further, there was much
hype about the side effects of testosterone, especially prostate cancer.
It was only after HRT (Hormone
Replacement Therapy) with estrogens produced tangible symptomatic
improvement and 'aging reversal' in post-menopausal women that men sat up
and, not wanting to get left behind their womenfolk, began to take
ARE THE SYMPTOMS? The symptoms of male
menopause are not as overwhelming as the ones women experience and male
menopause does not affect all men. Approximately 40% of men between 40 and 60
years of age will experience some degree of lethargy, depression, increased
irritability, mood swings, hot flashes, insomnia, decreased libido, weakness,
loss of both lean body mass and bone mass (making them susceptible to hip
fractures) and difficulty in attaining and sustaining erections (impotence).
individuals, such unanticipated physical and psychological changes can be a
major cause for concern or even crisis. Without and understanding partner,
these problems may result in a powerful combination of anxieties and doubts,
which can lead to total impotence and sexual frustration.
A recent aging study
showed that 51% of normal, healthy males aged 40 to 70 experience some degree of
impotence - defined as a persistent problem attaining and maintaining an
erection rigid enough for sexual intercourse. This problem cannot be attributed
to the aging process alone, however, because well over 40% of males remain
sexually active at 70 years of age and beyond.
Aging & Sexuality] Improved
DO YOU HAVE
ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS?
Decrease in sex drive
Lack of energy
Decrease in strength and or endurance
Loss of height
Decreased "enjoyment of life"
and or grumpy
Erections less strong
Deterioration in sports ability
Falling asleep after dinner meal
Decreased work performance
Although all the
causes of male menopause have not been fully researched, some factors that are
known to contribute to this condition are hormone deficiencies, excessive
alcohol consumption, smoking, hypertension, prescription and non prescription
medications, poor diet, lack of exercise, poor circulation, and psychological
problems. A general decline in potency at mid-life can be expected in a
significant proportion of the male population.
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