We need to start taking male menopause seriously
I can do it. Yes, it’s true that my media profile doesn’t match Davina’s, and I have far fewer Instagram followers, but I’m 58 and I can definitely tick off many of these symptoms. Besides, no one else comes forward…
Why this reluctance? Mainly because, as a brand, andropause triggers some very unwelcome connections. Hypogonadism, when the gonads produce little or no sex hormones, is the male “change of life”, and it is often accompanied by a series of inconveniences (sometimes misdiagnosed): erectile dysfunction, gynecomastia (this i.e. man boobs) failure of sexual potency, hot flashes and decreased libido and energy levels.
Testosterone, the male sex hormone at the heart of it all, has always suffered from bad public relations, having long been associated with the kind of guys who bump their chests when they meet outside the gym. In the less informed locker room of the United States, low testosterone levels are taken to signify a lazier, less vital, wimpier and effeminate type of man.
Dr. Jeff Foster, male health expert and co-founder of the H3Health company targeting the well-being of men over 40, defends our position. “The question I get asked the most is, ‘Is male menopause real?’ ” he reveals. “And my answer is a definite ‘yes’.
Where andropause differs from menopause, he explains, is that it is a more gradual, variable and less hectic process that progresses slowly in men and can occur at different stages of life. life. Testosterone – the male estrogen – gradually increases in men until around the age of 30, then gradually decreases by 1-2% each year thereafter, i.e. decreasing by around 10% over a decade.