Is it true that men can get andropause which is male menopause and if so do they get big mood swings like women in menopause?
I saw it on the TV show and thought it was a joke but then there was stuff on the Internet about it.
- D_21Lv 51 month agoFavorite Answer
It's not *entirely a joke. Men do experience changing hormones as they continue to grow, develop, and change over the course of their lives. This includes a gradual decline in testosterone levels after age thirty.
"Testosterone levels vary greatly among men. In general, older men tend to have lower testosterone levels than do younger men. Testosterone levels gradually decline throughout adulthood — about 1 percent a year after age 30 on average."
Basically, men experience aging. One may notice changes in the body as they get older. Including but not limited to becoming old lol. In all seriousness allot of this will depend on genetics and how well one take care of oneself.
In contrast menopause causes much more significantly noticeable changes in a shorter amount of time. Even though it may take several years for the ovaries to 'shut down the factory' so to speak. Women experience hot flashes, chills, mood swings, and other changes.
What is menopause? Women are born with all the eggs they're ever going to have in their ovaries already. Then during adolescence girls begin to ovulate. On a roughly monthly basis one or more of these eggs is matured and released for possible fertilization. Eventually as a woman passes fifty and becomes more elderly...the body decides when it is no longer of childbearing age. The ovaries stop pushing out eggs. Hormone levels change.
Women become unfertile, unable to have babies, when they are very old.
Men may gradually decline in fertility over time, but generally speaking there's not a naturally occurring biological event (akin to menopause or puberty) where there's a sudden shift in fertility late in life.
- MarkLv 51 month ago
Not to the same extent as women (obviously), and more internalised - which is male conditioning, anyhow - but there IS a rhythm to middle-aged men having those sort of fluctuations.
- formerly_bobLv 71 month ago
If its on TV and the internet it must be true! There's no medical condition formally recognized by medical professionals that is called andropause, but the term is sometimes used by doctors. It is true that testosterone levels in males tend to diminish with age, but the decreased levels apparently do not cause any symptoms in most males. A small percentage of older males may develop symptoms related to low testosterone. Low testosterone does not cause the same symptoms as menopause. It may cause depression but not mood swings. Google "low testosterone symptoms mayo" and you will find accurate medical facts.