The term male menopause appeared not so long time ago meaning hormonal changes some men can face becoming older. Some medical specialists state that men can suffer the same symptoms that women have in their premenopausal and menopause periods.
The doctors are still arguing if men really can go through male menopause or not. Studies showed that some men who received testosterone as a result of hormone therapy, felt relief of some symptoms caused by so-called male menopause.
Medicure Doctors reminders to all the men; if you passed through a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to weaken menopause symptoms, you may be thinking, what now? Is it necessary to stop it? And, if yes, when to stop? If you are healthy, you can try HRT with the lowest dose of hormones, so you can get a smooth relief for the short time. But, if you are 60+ or have received HRT for 5 years, we recommend you to consult your doctor about quitting the therapy.
What is Male Menopause?
Unlike women men don’t have well-defined symptoms of male menopause period. Medicure Polyclinic Experts consider this as testosterone decline or low testosterone problem in aging males. The level of testosterone can decrease with aging or in case of diabetes.
The common symptoms of male menopause are:
- Sexual problems
How to Diagnose Male Menopause
To diagnose the menopause your doctor will do the following:
- Ask you about the symptoms
- Make a physical exam
- Ask you to do blood tests identifying the testosterone level
- Order other tests which can reveal other medical problems influencing to the overall condition
Is it Possible to Be Treated from Male Menopause?
In case of low testosterone level there is usually prescribed testosterone replacement therapy that can relieve the following symptoms:
- Decreased libido
However you should know that testosterone replacement therapy can have certain side effects and include risks, such as worsening prostate cancer.
Talk to our Medicure doctors to learn more about testosterone replacement therapy during male menopause. You can be also recommended to change your lifestyle habits and other changes to relieve menopause symptoms, such as:
Changes in nutrition/diet
Physical activity/specific exercise program