Is Male Menopause Possible?
The term "Male Menopause" may cause some to cringe, but the fact is all men go through a change in life that occurs between the ages of 35 and 65. Frequently referred to as the Aging Male Syndrome (AMS), it's a time during which men's hormone levels (especially testosterone) decline.

Testosterone helps maintain sex drive, sperm production, body hair, muscle, and bone. The decline of testosterone is normal in healthy males as they age. Unlike women who lose their fertility (ability to get pregnant) when they reach menopause, men do not lose their fertility. But the hormone change may cause other symptoms. Keep in mind all men have different experiences - some men's hormone levels go down more than others, and some men have more symptoms than others.

  • Feeling fat/weight gain.
  • Problems sleeping.
  • Less interest in sex.
  • Feeling irritable or angry.
  • Erection problems.
  • Nervousness.
  • Problems with memory and concentration.
  • Muscle loss.
  • Increased urination.
  • Depression.
  • Loss of energy.
  • Bone and hair loss.
If you're experiencing these symptoms, talk to your doctor. You can get your testosterone level tested with a simple blood test. It's best to get the test in the morning.

Because a normal level of testosterone is different for each man, it may be difficult to know if you have low testosterone - it helps if you had a testosterone test earlier in your life, so you'll be able to see any change. If you do have low testosterone, think about visiting a specialist, such as an endocrinologist or urologist, who can work with you to treat this problem.