Men’s Health FAQs: Do Men Go Through Menopause?

stethoscope for health checkupAt Pinnacle Men’s Health, we get a lot of questions from our patients about men’s sexual health. Asking questions is one of the first steps in taking control of your health and well-being, and we take pride in being a resource for men seeking answers. You shouldn’t feel intimidated, embarrassed, or unprepared; we can help as we specialize specifically in men’s health and provide all of our patients with the tools and knowledge they need to make smart decisions about treatments designed to restore the ability to perform.

One common question is, “Do men experience the same form of menopause that women do?”

The answer is that both men and women undergo changes in their hormone levels at various stages of life. As we age, our bodies adjust to our environments, our lifestyles, and other factors that influence our overall health. When it comes to the question of menopause, no, men do not experience menopause the same way a woman does.

Men typically experience testosterone level changes much more gradually than women typically experience their natural hormonal change. Doctors refer to this change in men as andropause. After age 30, a man’s testosterone levels may begin to decline with a more pronounced change after age 40 and again after age 70. Throughout this time, however, men remain fertile as the testes do not lose their ability to produce sperm effectively. Healthy men can produce sperm into their 80’s, while women who have gone through menopause lose their fertility.

As a man’s testosterone level declines with age, he may also experience symptoms that are much different than those found in women during menopause. Men with low testosterone (low-T) typically see a decline in mood and energy levels, erectile dysfunction (ED), decreased libido, and other sexual performance issues. They may also experience loss of muscle mass, sleep disturbances, and changes in body or facial hair.

Effects like these can negatively impact a man’s relationships, sexual performance, and overall sense of well-being. When men experience low testosterone levels, they can take action to improve their vitality. Seeking ED treatment through testosterone replacement or WAVE therapy are options, as are changes in lifestyle. The best approach for men seeking to address ED or low-T is to consult with a trusted men’s sexual health care practice.

Every man is different in the way he experiences the natural testosterone declines that accompany aging, but the good news is that there are a variety of therapies to ensure fertility, vigor, and strong sexual performance, even in andropause. Contact us to learn more through pinnaclemenshealthpittsburgh.com.