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What Are The Symptoms Of Andropause?

December 10th, 2013

Andropause, also known as male menopause, is an extremely common condition that will affect every man as he ages. While this natural decline in male hormone production begins in the late 20s, you may not feel its symptoms until your late 30s, or sometime in your 40s. The following are some symptoms of andropause:

Fatigue: Because testosterone is responsible for giving men energy, focus, and motivation, as andropause sets in and testosterone production declines, men often start to feel physically and mentally fatigued.

Depression: Mild depression is a very common symptom of andropause. Men trying to cope with a “mid-life crisis” by purchasing a new boat or a new sports car are often trying to escape mild depression. And because depression often causes insomnia, it can worsen symptoms of fatigue.

Weight Gain: Without testosterone to help build and maintain lean muscle, men start to lose their muscle tone, and consequently gain weight. Eating too much (often due to depression) and not getting enough physical activity (often due to fatigue) only makes the problem worse.

Hair Loss: Male pattern baldness is one thing, but hair loss due to andropause is another. Hair loss can start and/or worsen if your hormones are not balanced.

Low Sex Drive: Diminished or non-existent sex drive is one of the most noticeable symptoms of andropause. If you don’t notice it, your partner might. Testosterone is responsible for arousal, so a hormone imbalance involving testosterone will kill your sex drive.

Irritability: Sometimes called “irritable man syndrome,” andropause can cause feelings of frustration and hypersensitivity, as well as a quick temper. This occurs because you no longer have the proper balance of testosterone and other hormones required to regulate your moods.

What To Do If You Have Symptoms Of Andropause

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, don’t worry. You can get your life back. Call the experts at Renew Man™ about starting hormone replacement therapy. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you’ve been experiencing symptoms—you can still benefit from treatment.

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