“Manopause”, medically known as Andropause, is the male equivalent to menopause. Often dismissed as a “midlife crisis” or simply the result of aging, Dr. Lemley is of the medical opinion that men also undergo very significant physical and emotional changes around the same time in their lives as women undergo menopause.
While there are no menstruation cycles to lose as in female menopause, it is true that testosterone levels in men generally decline 1% – 1.5% every year after the age of 35. This reduction in testosterone can often have an effect on physical well-being, as well as social and emotional well-being.
Part of Dr. Lemley’s mission is to change the stigma around specific elements of aging in men as a medical condition that require a specific diagnosis and a prescribed course of treatment. The aging process for men can be just as uncomfortable, depressing, and foreign to men as it can be to women. Sometimes, it can even be more difficult to deal with, since women expect to experience menopause (thus making it a normal topic of conversation), while men rarely expect to experience symptoms of aging and thus have fewer resources to look to.
Symptoms of Andropause can vary, but can include:
- reduced desire for physical or sexual activity
- fragile bones (osteoporosis)
- reduced muscle mass
- night sweats
- depression or anxiety
- reduced energy level
- loss of libido
- sleep disturbances
- increase body fat
If you are feeling any of these symptoms and would like to discuss ways to treat them in an integrative and holistic manner, contact (link to Contact page) Dr. Lemley today to find out more information on treatment or to set up a 10-minute consultation.