Is there a Male Menopause?

The menopause – you thought this only affected women, correct?

As a reminder: the menopause is the time during which women begin to have increasingly irregular periods until they eventually stop completely. This normally happens between the age of 40 and 55. Just like puberty, the menopause is a completely normal element of our life cycle. Hormones chanrge as we age, ovulation stops in women and they naturally lose their ability to conceive.

 

So what is the male menopause?

Yes, there is. There is a similar process in the male body called male “Andropause”. This is a psychogenic condition affecting men, who experience anxiety over their increasing age, diminished potency and often virility, possible erectile dysfunction, the greying and thinning of their hair and other signs of ageing. This process is also called the male climacterium. British scientists were the first ones to formaly research this subject and have listed nine typical symptoms for the male Andropause (menopause equivalent):

1. A less regular morning erection.

2. A lower frequency of sexual thoughts (lower sex drive).

3. Erectile Dysfunction.

4. Increasing problems with strength, specifically whemn running or when lifting heavy items.

5. Less motivation to walk for less than one kilometer, as well as

6. bend forward, kneel down,

7. Loss of energy,

8. increased sadness

9. and fatigue.

Several of these symptoms have been linked directly with a lower level of male sexual hormones in the body.

 

Which Vitamins you should take

Vitamins alone are not able to not prevent or halt the symptoms of the male Andropause entirely. However, the book, “The Andropause Mystery: Unraveling Truths About the Male Menopause,” written by Dr. Robert Tan, recommends that vitamins will help you manage the unpleasantness of some of the symptoms associated with the Andropause. Many of the symptoms can become worsen due to vitamin deficiencies. Preventing vitamin deficiencies is the main reason why your doctor usually recommends vitamin supplements. There is however, no scientific evidence to support supplementation of vitamins to treat andropause. 1

Dr. Tan recommends to treat andropause with vitamin C and vitamin D. They support the immune system and the healthy functioning of many metabolic processes in the body. Vitamin D also helps to prevent osteoporosis when it is combined with calcium. Osteoporosis affects individuals with increasing age and results in significant loss of bone mass. This can be considered another side effect of the male andropause. In additionally, doctors often recommend other types of nutrients to treat andropause speciafically for men. These include zinc, niacin, L-arginine and creatine. L-arginine in particular when consumed in quantities of 5,000mg per day can have dramatically positive effects of the vascular system and therefore overall health. It can also combat erectile dysfunction by optimising blood flow in the body and therefore have positive effects on confidence.

 

  1. “The Andropause Mystery”; Robert S. Tan; 2009

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