What You Need to Know about Male Menopause and Erectile Dysfunction.

Male Menopause is a relatively new term that hasn't gotten a lot of publicity. It is also referred to as andropause. As a result, confusion surrounding this term exists. Is male menopause actually a real condition or is it a myth? Perhaps, it does provide a good explanation for a man's lack of libido and problems with erectile dysfunction. Here's what you need to know about male menopause to decide for yourself whether it is fact or myth.

Male Menopause or just Menopause?

The word "menopause" refers to the cessation of a woman's menstrual cycle, which is why andropause is becoming the more popular phrase to explain this phase in a man's life. It is easy to become confused because the terms andropause and male menopause are often used interchangeably. While many of the symptoms experienced by middle-aged women and men going through this phase of their lives are the same, one distinct difference does exist. Women who go through menopause or "the change of life" are no longer capable of bearing children. Men who are going through male menopause continue to have the ability to procreate into their eighties and nineties.

Isn't Male Menopause the Same Process as Aging?

While male menopause occurs in men between the ages of 40 and 60, it brings with it more than just the signs of aging. When a body ages, it begins to lose collagen and elastin, so wrinkles develop. Muscle mass begins to shrink because middle-aged men generally exercise less frequently than younger men. Hair color may change, and the bones may begin to lose density. However, when male menopause occurs, a lot of other symptoms arise due to the loss of testosterone.

Low Testosterone and What It Creates

Testosterone is the male hormone responsible for a lot of manly characteristics, including body hair, physical strength, and a strong sex drive. It also helps the brain to function at optimal levels. When a man's testosterone level begins to drop, changes in each of these capabilities are going to occur. Unfortunately, for most men a decrease in testosterone also leads to a loss of libido, a decrease in stamina, and frequent  problems with erectile dysfunction. 

Are you experiencing male menopause? It is possible, especially if you are having difficulty with sexual performance and/or sleep. If you are also discovering new pockets of body fat and having difficulty completing physical tasks that used to be easy for you, lower levels of testosterone may be responsible. 

What Happened to Your Libido?

While some individuals do not experience strong sexual desires, other men do. In fact, men with a strong libido typically think of sex often. Once their testosterone levels drop significantly, their sexual desires take less precedence in their life. Even though they may not feel strongly inclined to engage in sexual activities, memories of the good times they've experienced can cause feelings of frustration and depression.

When Do Lower Testosterone Levels Begin?

The initial drop in testosterone can occur at any point after the age of 30. In most men, this decline won't begin until the age of 40. When the level of testosterone begins to decrease, it does so slowly at a rate of about 1% per year. The changes are so small that they aren't even noticeable until many years have passed.

Is male menopause real or is it a myth used to explain away erectile dysfunction in an attempt to make men feel better about this change in sexual function? Truthfully, male menopause can be proven, because testosterone levels can be tested. If you are experiencing the symptoms of male menopause, you may want to take steps to minimize their effect. Embracing a healthy lifestyle can help. You may also want to visit your family doctor to discuss male supplements that may offer a solution for your problems.