Men go through a change very much like
women in their middle years, they like women, experience complex
hormonal rhythms that affect their sexuality, mood, and temperament. But
some men donít experience much of a crisis; they just continue living
through the first part of their life and the second. Others go through a
period of great turbulence, but then are redeemed and find a new course
and approach for the second passage of their lives.
And, of course, every person is different. And not
all men going through this stage of life, will experience it exactly the
same way. The passage into middle age is a complicated. It has many personal, social,
economic and family implications. It may therefore be difficult to differentiate
these changes from the symptoms of other conditions that can create some
of the same symptoms.
Male Menopause (also called andropause or viropause) begins with hormonal,
physiological chemical changes that occur in all men generally between the
ages of forty and fifty-five, though it can occur as early as thirty-five
or at late as sixty-five.
These changes affect all aspects of manís life.
Male menopause is thus a psychological, interpersonal, social and
spiritual dimension. Men have reported having as many premenstrual type
symptoms as women do (reduced or increased energy, irritability, and other
negative moods, black pain, sleeplessness, headaches, confusion, etc.).
Hormonal changes greatly affect men going through
male menopause, louvered levels of hormones at mild life are central to
the changes associated with male menopause.
Recent research indicates that lowered levels of the
following hormones may decrease sex drive, increase depression and weight
gain, and contribute to a general decrease in well being and health:
Dopamine, Oxytocin, Vasopressin, Growth hormone,
DHEA, Pregnenolone, Thyroid hormone, and Testosterone.
Men, like women, experience complex hormonal rhythms
that affect their sexuality, mood, and temperament. Studies show five
different testosterone cycles
- Rhythmic fluctuations three to four time an hour.
- Daily changes with testosterone higher in the
morning and lower in the afternoon.
- Monthly fluctuations that are rhythmic, but
different for each man.
- Fluctuations of testosterone levels throughout the year with levels
higher in October and lower in April.
- Decreasing levels of testosterone associated with male menopause
that occurs as men get older.
Men have physical and emotional reactions to hormonal
fluctuations throughout the month, similar to PMS in women.
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