Andropause: Is MANopause Affecting You?
What is Andropause?
Andropause is another name for hypogonadism. This moniker came about because the incidence of hypogonadism increases with age. Hence it is much more common for an older man to have hypogonadism than a younger man. Yet, that is not to be confused with it being "OK" or "expected".
Who does it effect?
Andropause/hypogonadism can affect any male at any age (with the exception of prior to puberty), yet as the man gets older the incidence increases.
How is it different or similar to menopause?
Menopause and andropause are similar process in that they represent a significantly decreased amount of gonadatropins (i.e. estrogen/progesterone and testosterone) circulating in the body. In fact many of the symptoms are similar. Hot flashes can occur, this is a well known side affect of testosterone depletion when used to treat prostate cancer. Insomnia and sleep disturbances; depression and mood swings; skin, hair and tissue changes; decreased libido and sexual dysfunction.
Treatment for Andropause is correcting the underlying cause of low testosterone, or more often than not, supplementing testosterone to the body that it in itself is not producing. It is important to understand that ED and Andropause are not the same thing, and hence treatment is not the same. Andropause is a frequent cause for ED, but the reverse is not true. Treating andropause with Viagra, will rarely alleviate the problem. That is not to say that Viagra has no role in the treatment of ED secondary to hypogonadism, but it is only part of the picture and will rarely suffice.
Andropause/hypogonadism is a much more common problem than originally thought. Yet is treatable, and with proper care, treatment and monitoring the life altering sequelae are reversible.