Andropause symptoms can go unnoticed and be completely misunderstood. But they don’t have to.
Have you been feeling a gradual decline in your energy? A subtle yet persistent change in your mood — for the worse? How about a lessened drive in areas of life where you once thrived?
For many men, this isn’t just a thought exercise. It’s the reality of andropause, often called “male menopause.”
But unlike its female counterpart, andropause doesn’t come with a clear signal like the end of menstruation. Instead, it’s a creeping transition that can leave you feeling like a stranger in your own body.
You may think this is just a natural part of aging, something you have to “live with.” Well, you don’t.
Fortunately, once you understand the potential symptoms in three key areas, you can grab hold of andropause — before it takes its toll on your health.
UNDERSTANDING ANDROPAUSE SYMPTOMS
Andropause occurs when declining testosterone levels make their mark in a man’s life. Often kicking in when a man is in his 50s — but sometimes as early as the 40s — this hormonal shift can result in a great deal of physical, emotional, and sexual health changes. The experience isn’t the same for everyone since we’re all unique. That’s why recognizing the three areas of symptoms is the first step in managing them.
1. Physical Symptoms
Youthful vigor doesn’t fade overnight. It’s more about small losses, like less stamina for long runs, muscle decline, and weight gain around the midsection. These physical changes can be subtle at first, yet they can eventually lead to a profound impact on your sense of strength and vitality. Physical symptoms of andropause include:
Reduced Muscle Mass: Testosterone plays a role in building and maintaining muscle. Lower levels can lead to a decrease in muscle strength and size.
Increased Body Fat: You might experience more body fat, particularly around the abdomen.
Fatigue: Lower levels of testosterone can lead to a decrease in energy levels, causing you to feel more tired than usual.
Reduced Bone Density: A decline in testosterone can lead to a decrease in bone density, increasing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
- Sleep Disturbances: Andropause can cause sleep problems, such as insomnia or increased sleepiness.
Hair Loss: You may see thinning hair or hair loss on your scalp, face, or body.
2. Emotional and Cognitive Symptoms
Your emotional wellness can become a major issue in andropause. Irritability might flare up, your motivation may dip, and sadness could settle in. The mental sharpness you once took for granted might feel dulled. Or maybe it’s memory lapses and a struggle to focus. These aren’t just “bad days” — they’re the signs that your body is seeking a new balance. Emotional and cognitive symptoms of andropause include:
3. Sexual Health Symptoms
Andropause symptoms often show up most clearly around sexual health. A decrease in libido, erectile dysfunction, and other symptoms are not only deeply personal but can also take an emotional toll. Sexual health symptoms of andropause include:
Reduced Libido: One of the most common symptoms is a decreased interest in sexual activity.
Erectile Dysfunction: Physiological and psychological factors associated with low testosterone can make it difficult to achieve or maintain an erection.
Decreased Sensitivity: Some men may experience a reduction in penile sensitivity. This can affect sexual pleasure and the ability to achieve orgasm.
- Reduced Fertility: While andropause is not synonymous with infertility, the decrease in semen volume and testosterone can potentially affect fertility.
Why Andropause Symptoms Go Unnoticed
Because it comes on so gradually, andropause can be hard to recognize. And society often discourages men from openly discussing their challenges — especially when it comes to mental health or virility. The result? Suffering in silence rather than a search for answers.
It’s important to recognize that these symptoms can also be caused by other factors, such as stress, lifestyle, and psychological conditions. Plus, not all men will experience these andropause symptoms, and their severity can vary widely.
So what’s the solution?
TALK TO US ABOUT ANDROPAUSE
If you, or a man in your life, are facing these changes, it’s time to talk to us about andropause. Understanding your symptoms is a step towards rejuvenating your health.
We have many treatments available to help you achieve whole-body wellness. But the first step is a simple one — just a phone call. That way, we can talk about your specific situation and how we may be able to help you.
You don’t have to go through andropause alone. We’re here to make your transition smooth, happy, and vibrantly healthy.