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The Male Menopause?

by Leah. Average Reading Time: about a minute.

Women aren’t the only ones with a hormone cycle. Men have a hormone cycle, too—but, there are big differences.  For instance, instead of having a month-long hormone cycle like women, men go through an entire hormone cycle every 24 hours.

At the beginning of the day, a man’s testosterone is at its highest and it gets progressively lower as the day goes on.  This means that during the morning, the high testosterone can impact on mood, making someone easily angered, but it also means that other areas such as spatial skills are at their peak too. But by the evening testosterone is at its lowest and so energy levels drop.

Even though men have a daily hormone cycle pattern, their testosterone level can be greatly affected by a variety of activities and experiences.  For example, research shows that a man’s testosterone spikes when he drinks alcohol or caffeine.

Between the ages of 18 and 40, testosterone levels drop in men and during this time, hormone changes can help contribute to weight control and muscle mass changes. Hormone imbalances in this time may cause:

  • Weight gain
  • Low energy levels
  • Low libido
  • Mood changes
  • Skin changes

As men start to approach 50, testosterone levels will drop further and some men will struggle with brittle bones, reduced energy and loss of hair.  The term “male menopause” is sometimes used to describe these decreasing testosterone levels.

Female menopause and so-called male menopause are two different situations.  In women, ovulation ends and hormone production plummets during a relatively short period of time. In men, hormone production and testosterone bioavailability decline over a period of many years and the consequences aren’t necessarily clear.

So for women it happens quickly, but for men it is a more gradual process, but what is similar to both is the lack of information for individuals on what to expect and how to deal with it.