A Mid-Life Transition: Andopause
Man-opause, really?! The men do get it! Male menopause, also known as andropause, is used to describe ageing-related hormones (testosterone) changes in men, and has its own set of concerns and management. Unlike women, men do not have a clear transitional sign. Dr Lim Kok Bin, Specialist in Urology & Consultant, Raffles Urology Centre talks about andropause.
Andopause and Sexual Health
Sexual health is greatly affected when testosterone levels start to dip, causing men to lose interest in sexual activity. Dr Lim explains, “Even if the interest is there, he may find difficulty having or sustaining an erection. Most men assume it is part of getting older but there are ways we can improve testosterone levels.”
A healthy lifestyle will improve and promote your health, not just for now, but for long-term benefits. A lower carbohydrate diet, weight resistance exercises, adequate quality sleep and being positive helps to improve testosterone levels. Go for regular checkups and check your hormone levels as you get older. In general, the number of important hormones in men starts to decline between 40 to 55 years old. Testosterone treatment, where testosterone in blood is replaced via skin patches, application through skin, capsule consumption or injections, may provide relief from the andropausal symptoms too.
“However, do note that many of the symptoms are also a normal part of ageing, and may not be reversible with treatment. Your doctor is the best person to provide medical advice,” says Dr Lim.