Do you know about Andropause aka male menopause? – The Indian Express

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 19, 2020 7:19:41 pm A few of the visible common symptoms for men experiencing andropause include tiredness and fatigue. (Photo: Getty)

While there is a constant conversation around the effects of menopause and the possible symptoms, we often dont talk about the fact that men too go through a similar phase. Just like women, men too face a decrease in the level of hormone in the body between the age of 45 and 65 years.

Dr Rashmi Rai, Medical Head of Age hance Clinic says, It isnt as clearly defined as a period of menopause in women, but men naturally experience a decline in hormone levels and more particularly testosterone as they age. This phase is medically termed as Andropause and also commonly known as male menopause.

Dr Rashmi says, Andropause can create a range of symptoms that affect a mans physical, sexual, and psychological functioning also bodys immune response.

Visible symptoms include fatigue and burnout along with low physical strength. Emotionally, men tend to suffer from anxiety along with depression and mood swings. Dr Rashmi also stresses how these symptoms can be a result of existing conditions such as diabetes, high stress, poor digestive system, gut dysfunction, inflammation, alcoholism, and even smoking.

However, these symptoms usually differ from man to man because the decline in testosterone and other hormone levels depends on numerous factors. But, men commonly experience erectile dysfunction or lack of sexual desire along with a decrease in bone density levels.

It becomes important to pay close attention to changes in behaviour and physical symptoms before one can even conclude they are going through andropause. In many cases, a doctor will need to rule out underlying medical issues addressing the root cause that could be contributing to the condition while diagnosing if a man is experiencing andropause or male menopause, she adds.

Dr Rashmi shares how BHRT i.e. Body Identical hormone replacement therapy is recognised worldwide to treat andropause.

BHRT is an approach with the concept of one size fits all approach which includes personal formulations which are tailored as per individuals specific needs shares the doctor. Body identical Testosterone replacement is recommended when a mans body has lost the ability to produce enough of this hormone on its own, says Dr Rashmi.

In fact, herbs like Indian ginseng or Ashwagandha can also be used to treat andropause along with optimal nutrition, diet and correction of hormone imbalances. Dr Rashmi suggests, A diet containing optimum protein is the key. Eating good and healthy fats like Omega 3 helps build a better foundation for hormone production.

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