As women age, all of them will go through menopause at some point in their lives. This is a guaranteed point that all women will go through and that many of them dread. For men, the majority of men will not have to worry about going through a stage of life that is similar to menopause. For a small group, some of them will go through the male version of menopause, called andropause. This condition was given a nickname of “man-o-pause.” While women can expect menopause and start to look for symptoms as they near a certain age, most men are unaware that this type of condition can happen to them and many of them are unsure of what andropause symptoms are.
It can be hard for a doctor to diagnose andropause symptoms because many of the symptoms are issues that men can suffer from just because they are aging. The key to accurately diagnosing andropause is to be aware of many different changes that are happening all at one time. Andropause is not a sudden condition that men will wake up one morning and have. Like menopause, andropause happens very gradually sometimes taking up to ten years to fully kick in.
Some of the most common andropause symptoms have to do with low sex drive and changes in erection. When an erection is not as strong as they once were or if a man is unable to achieve and erection, he may be suffering from andropause. If his sex drive has gradually dwindled from what it once was, this could also be a sign of andropause. Other telltale signs of andropause include mood changes and low energy levels. For men who are suffering from a severe case of andropause, they may even find themselves suffering from osteoporosis.
For any man who thinks he may be suffering from andropause, he should consult his doctor. Andropause and andropause symptoms affect many parts of the body and some of these can be negative. A doctor will be able to determine if a man is suffering from andropause and can best chart the course to treat this condition. Andropause affects each man differently and his treatment plan will be as such. Since the changes are gradual and may take many years, it may take many visits to the doctor before the doctor will accurately be able to diagnose what the man is going through.