Andropause: Understanding Menopause In Males


Andropause, also known as Androgen Deficiency in the Aging Male (ADAM), is a condition that affects men with age. Andropause is characterized by low testosterone levels and can lead to various physical and emotional symptoms such as weight gain, decreased sex drive, mood swings, and depression. For many men, Andropause may be an unwelcome surprise because they were expecting to experience menopause instead. This article explores Andropause and offers three supporting points:

1) It occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough testosterone
2) It is more likely to occur if you’re over 50
3) Depression is one of the most common side effects of Andropause
It is estimated that Andropause, the male equivalent of menopause, affects about 10% of males. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including aging and illness.
With age comes changes in the body which can include hormone production levels. Heart disease or diabetes affects hormones in the bloodstream and disrupt hormone production levels leading to Andropause symptoms like low libido, mood swings, fatigue, or weight gain.

Some medications, such as antidepressants, may also trigger Andropausal symptoms due to their effects.