More Than Five Million Men Affected by Male Menopause

More Than Five Million Men Affected by Male Menopause

More Than Five Million Men Affected by Male Menopause

Experts say that the hormonal changes and their affects experienced by woman going through menopause can also affect men. More than 5 million men are believed to currently suffer through these issues, and experts say this number is likely much higher. Men seem reluctant to complain of these symptoms to their doctor and go without treatment for them.

The medical term for this condition is male hypogonandism. The testicles fail to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, causing symptoms like fatigue, lowered sex drive, mood swings, and hair loss. Other physical and emotional changes can be caused by low testosterone levels.

Doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital estimate that nearly 95 percent of men experiencing these symptoms ignore it, and go without treatment. Symptoms like fatigue and depression can become very serious and disrupt a patient’s life. Medical experts explain that hormone shifts and changes are a normal part of the aging process.

Male hypogonadism develops much slower than female menopause, and it can occur in teenagers and young men with a genetic predisposition towards it. A seventy year old man with hypogonadism may only have 50% of the normal testosterone levels in his body. This condition is commonly treated with different forms of hormone replacement therapy. Patches, injections, and gels are used to reintroduce a specific amount of testosterone.

The condition is quickly diagnosed through a blood test. Doctors say that hypogonadism may be linked to high cholesterol and other chronic medical problems, as well as infertility. Many men may attribute the symptoms to the normal aging process, but they may be caused by this disorder instead. Medical professionals recommend that any male experiencing fatigue, depression, or other symptoms of this condition contact their doctor for testing.


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