Many people are confused by the term male menopause. This is because most people associate the term menopause with females, so that associating it with males seems to be a contradiction. Those that use the term however, use it in terms of what it indicates is happening within the body. They consider it to mean a reduction in hormones specific to sex that occurs later in life, or naturally with age. In females, this refers to the reduction and eventual complete cessation of the production of estrogen. In males, it would refer to the reduction, but not usually complete cessation, of the production of testosterone.
Just as the loss of estrogen to the female body causes symptoms, many of them uncomfortable if not severe, so can happen with the loss of testosterone to the male body. The difference is that with male menopause, there may or may not be noticeable symptoms. Females all experience menopause fairly consistently, with some variation from woman to woman. Men experience it less consistently. While all men experience a reduction in testosterone, some may not ever notice it. Others may suffer greatly diverse symptom from depression to diabetes, and never know that low testosterone is the cause.
That is the real problem with male menopause. It is not easily diagnosed as such due to the fact that the symptoms could be caused by many other more common factors. Issues such as sexual dysfunction, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity could be caused by any number of things, and low testosterone is rarely the first culprit that comes to mind. Often it is not even considered as a possibility until other treatments are proven to not be working, or the patient brings it up as a possibility. The only way to verify is by blood test. Once diagnosed, treatment is widely available and highly effective.
The most common and successful treatment of low testosterone caused by male menopause is hormone replacement therapy. It can be administered by injection, pill, or in gel form. There are natural supplements available that some have seen results with, but these are not regulated by the FDA. In the case of severe medical conditions, is it safer to stick with your doctor’s advice, which will likely be hormone replacement therapy. It does not matter which form is used. What matters is that the condition is diagnosed and treated so that the dangerous conditions caused by low testosterone can be eliminated.