Is there a male menopause?

Male menopause affects most men at some stage during mid-life

09 February 2009
by The Clicks health team

For some, this can be as young as 40 and for others only after 60. A decline in testosterone levels affects bones, joints, muscles, arteries and veins and almost every major organ system, because they all need testosterone to stay in peak condition.

Common symptoms of male menopause include:

  • Taking longer to recover from injuries and illness
  • Feeling fat and gaining weight
  • Sleep disturbances and fatigue
  • Sore body syndrome - stiffness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Itching
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Loss of self-confidence and joy
  • Feeling lonely, unattractive and unloved
  • Forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating
  • Reduced interest in sex
  • Loss of erection during sexual activity (impotence)

3 ways to feel better

  • Diet and exercise: A balanced diet of vegetables, fish, meat, dairy products and fruit combined with a good fitness programme, will help combat weight gain, improve mood and encourage better circulation, which sometimes contributes to sexual dysfunction. Why not book an appointment with a nutritionist and arrange a few sessions with a personal trainer at the gym to jumpstart your programme?
  • Stress reduction and communication: Men should try to reduce stress levels – possible outlets include sports, massage, meditation and talk therapy. Discuss your problems and experiences with your partner and close friends, so they can support you and understand what you are going through.
  • Health check-ups and screenings: Chat to your doctor about checking your cardiovascular, prostate and testicular health, all of which can be affected by hormone changes.