You suspect you have andropause. What are some of the common signs of andropause?
- Reduced sexual drive – Most of the time, men associated a reduced sexual drive as part of aging. Moreover, this sign is a natural byproduct of the gradual decrease in testosterone that happens as a part of aging. When you combine it with other symptoms of andropause, it becomes clear.
- Erection problems – Another result of the testosterone decrease is the gradual inability to gain and keep an erection. As you likely know, this is a problem that pharmaceutical companies are ready to address with Levitra, Cialis, or Viagra. However, it is one of the signs of andropause.
- Depression – As testosterone levels drop, it can lead to unexpected moods and the lack of manly vigor most men expect. That can lead to both physical and psychological depression. Most times, doctors treat this symptom separate from andropause as a whole.
- Fatigue – Along with depression, this sign is part of the body’s adjustment at lowered testosterone levels. Lower levels of energy are part of an aging body. However, in males, it is also a by product of andropause.
- Irritability – This is another of the common signs of andropause that men encounter along with fatigue and depression.
What are some of the less common signs of andropause?
- Muscle loss – This is not as if you went from a body builder body to a 90-pound weakling overnight. As testosterone drops, the body begins to lose the muscle mass that men gain during adolescence. That means that muscle mass and definition often becomes a victim of andropause.
- Weight gain – As the body loses testosterone, the body’s metabolic rate also goes down. That often leads to additional weight gain, especially around the waist and torso. Additional fat deposits around the internal organs also accumulate.
- Gynecomastia – Those are male breasts. Testosterone helps dampen estrogen’s effects. As the testosterone levels drop, so does the dampening effects on estrogen. For men who have a propensity for larger breast tissues, this means can start to see this condition develop.
- Hair Loss – Some men have a genetic propensity for hair loss not related to andropause. In the rest of the population, hair loss can be a symptom of andropause. Testosterone helps develop hair growth during adolescence. As those levels drop, the opposite can happen.
Those are some of the common and not-so-common signs of andropause. Speaking with your doctor is a great first step to dealing with them.