The title that you have just read may be a surprise to readers, but according to Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D. male menopause occurs in about 40 percent of men between the ages of forty-five and sixty. Most doctors believe that in most cases it is not hormonal as in women, but psychological.
Doctors who believe that this midlife crisis is psychological, feel that it is due to fear of aging and mortality rather than lack of hormones. Many men in this age group become depressed, are irritable, have impaired sexual performance, and several other disturbing problems.
This is the age when many men are disappointed and depressed because they feel that they have not acquired their dream job, their kids have left home, and have lost their youthful look.
Because of the above listed situations, these men may have what is known as the “seven year itch.” Some of these men may abandon their wives and run off with younger women, spend money on a fancy car, and other symptoms of the “midlife crisis.”
If a man who is in the above mentioned age group has symptoms of depression, headaches, insomnia, or a decreased libido, it is suggested that he see a doctor for a testosterone blood analysis. A lower supply of testosterone can have a disturbing effect.
Since testosterone does have an effect on sexual activities, muscle strength, and a general well being, an appointment with a doctor may help.
.If after taking a test, and it shows that the testosterone level is low, there are several ways in which the testosterone level can be increased. A man can take medication orally, by shots, patches, or pellets.
As in many medications, there can be some harmful side effects. The oral form can hurt the liver. If a person chooses to take injections, the patient will have to go every two weeks in order to get the optimal hormonal level. Implants, known as pellets, which can raise the testosterone level has also been used. This has to be replaced every three or four months in order to have any effect. Most men who have a testosterone deficiency prefer what is known as the transdermal patch which has to be changed daily.
Liker estrogen for women, testosterone replacement also has its downfall. The most common side effect is weight gain. High doses of it have been known to cause heart attacks and strokes, especially in younger men.
Since testosterone replacement has its downfall, it is suggested to think twice about these supplements even if a man feels he needs them.
Source: Live Now, Age Later by Isadore Rosenfeld,M.D. Chapter, Menopause, His and Hers