This checklist is for men dealing with menopause of the male variety. Men dealing with a woman having menopause have a whole other list of issues with which to contend. This list should help men handle their own hormonal fluctuations associated with andropause.
The first item on the list is knowledge. Do you know what male menopause is? Known as male menopause, andropause, or even “man-o-pause,” this condition happens when the male body begins to lose its natural levels of testosterone. That starts around the 30s. Most men do not see symptoms until they hit their late 40s or early 50s. About 20 to 30% of men who see symptoms have enough for a doctor to consider a diagnosis of andropause. Gaining knowledge about the condition will allow you to manage it better.
The next item on the list for men dealing with menopause is getting to understand its effects on your life. Andropause has its own list of symptoms. These can include any of the following, as well as others:
- Low sexual libido
- Impotence or issues with erections
- Decreased muscle mass
- Sleep disturbance
It can have a profound affect mentally, physically, socially, psychologically, and emotionally on any man. Each man has his own mixture of symptoms. Some men have more symptoms than others do.
The third item on the list for men dealing with menopause is coming to an understanding of its effects on your spouse or significant other. You might think its only effect is on you. However, a lowered libido can affect how your spouse or significant other also. Depression also affects the people around you. Understanding how it affects those around you allows you to manage the condition effectively with minimal problems for your family and friends. It also gives you insight into how this condition makes life difficult.
The fourth item on the list is looking at treatment options. You know about the condition. You know how it affects you and your family. What are the treatment options? You can add exercise and diet changes to your life in order to start alleviating symptoms. If those changes do not make it happen, then you can look to herbal supplements to increase testosterone levels and alleviate symptoms. Medical treatments are also an option.
The final item on the list for men dealing with menopause is managing this condition instead of allow it to manage you. When you take a proactive stance against andropause, you can get ahead of it.