Are you going through the MANopause?

Men's Health

Get clued up about the symptoms of the male-menopause and find out how you can get checked.

09/08/2018


Emily Condon
BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

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For anyone with ovaries, going through the menopause is a fact of life. Many think it is only women who experience hormonal changes as they age but this isn’t true. Many men experience decreased testosterone as they age but the decrease and the development of symptoms is a lot more gradual in comparison to the abrupt decline and almost a complete stop of gonadal hormone production in women. 

What is the ‘manopause’?

As men age, their testosterone levels tend to decline. Starting between 30 and 40 years of age there is a 1-2% decrease in total testosterone levels each year. Decreased testosterone levels or "the andropause" in men, is very different from the menopause in women. In men, it is rare that there is a complete loss of testosterone production as they age. 

Low testosterone, or hypogonadism, can occasionally occur in later life. Those who are obese and those who have type 2 diabetes are at greater risk. Unfortunately, hypogonadism in men can easily be overlooked or ignored because the changes are often associated with ‘getting old’. Indeed, that may be the case, but what is the harm in investigating the possibility of low testosterone levels if there are symptoms that suggest hypogonadism, particularly as there are effective and safe medications to treat low testosterone?

What are the symptoms of the manopause?

  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Low sex drive 
  • Lack of energy 
  • Change in body shape - loss of muscle mass and increased body fat

‘Late-onset hypogonadism’ can sometimes be responsible for these symptoms. However, these changes may be caused by other issues unrelated to a hormone imbalance. Because of this, it is important to distinguish between low testosterone and these other factors as the cause of the symptoms. 

How is the manopause diagnosed?

If you are experiencing any symptoms of the manopause, a testosterone test is recommended. If the results of this test are within the normal range, it would be beneficial to retest your testosterone level again in 3 months for confirmation.  If your testosterone levels are found to be low, one of our doctors will comment on your results and offer their advice regarding your next steps.

Can blood tests help to identify the manopause?

Our Testosterone test is one of our best sellers and, priced only at £29, can be completed from the comfort of your own home. For a more comprehensive picture of your hormone levels, our Hormone Check Male measures your levels of testosterone as well as other important hormones including DHEA sulphate, a hormone responsible for male characteristics.

If you are experiencing any niggling symptoms, don’t just blame them on your age, order your Medichecks test today!


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