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Male Menopause Symptoms That May Surprise You!

Male Menopause Symptoms That May Surprise You!

Till recently, menopause was considered strictly a female-only condition, but the medical community now believes that even men go through a similar condition, more commonly referred to as male menopause. More and more men report somewhat identical symptoms which, like female menopause, also appear to be relieved with hormone therapy, more specifically a male hormone known as testosterone. There are some natural menopause relief products too that can help men during this stage.

Male menopause is associated with a decline in testosterone level, which is part of the aging process. Some doctors refer to this testosterone decline as androgen. However, aging is not the only cause of low testosterone which also comes with other conditions, one being diabetes.

Other common symptoms of male menopause are:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • General weakness
  • Sexual problems

The connection between decreased testosterone and these symptoms has been recorded but is yet to be proved. The difference between male and female menopause is that in women, hormone production ceases immediately, whereas in men, the process is more gradual. The decline in some men may start at the age of 45 whereas other men continue to make sperm till the age of 80 and beyond.

Here are some surprising facts about male menopause and a few infos about menopause quick treatments that can help men battle this phase of their lives:

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1. Loss of Libido (sex drive) in Men

 

loss of libido

    Male menopause is most commonly associated with decreased sex drive. However, this loss in sex drive differs between men and women. In women, loss of libido or sex drive is the result of low estrogen levels resulting from menopause. Loss of libido affects about 25 percent of men which is usually attributed to the loss of masculinity. Loss of sex drive in men is typically due to:

    • Blood pressure
    • Fatigue
    • Use of certain medication
    • Performance anxiety

    2. Erectile dysfunction

    Erectile dysfunction

      About 10 percent of men suffer from erectile dysfunction. In most cases, the cause is some underlying medical condition. Erectile dysfunction, also called male impotence, is a condition where a man’s penis does not remain erect long enough for satisfactory sexual performance.

      A penis becomes erect when it is engorged with blood which stems from sexual arousal. This is caused by signals from the brain to the nerves in the penis. Erectile dysfunction is said to occur when this does not happen and the penis does not become erect, or does not remain that way for long enough.

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      Male menopause, which is due to hormonal changes, displays many of the same symptoms as female menopause including menopause hot flashes, but by far, the most common symptom is erectile dysfunction.

      3. Losing weight, exercising and dieting are hard

      Losing weight

        One of the solutions to andropause or male menopause is to lose excess weight. This is possible through an exercise regimen and dieting, both of which are difficult to observe. Some doctors advise stress reduction, restricting one’s sugar intake, eating a healthier diet and taking zinc supplements. However, before embarking on any such program, one should consult one’s doctor, especially in case the person suffers from some pre-existing medical conditions.

        4. Fatigue is the most common menopause symptom

        Fatigue

          Fatigue is a very common symptom of menopause. Fatigue is associated which a continuous, enduring feeling of tiredness, weakness and diminished energy levels. Other symptoms of fatigue are irritability, apathy and decreased attention span. Crashing fatigue, which comes on suddenly, happens when a person is so depleted of energy that it totally restricts him from performing his normal activities.

          Fatigue is generally caused by hormonal changes, which impact energy levels. The solution lies in investigating the matter further to determine the underlying cause of hormonal imbalance, and treat it to restore energy levels. Chronic fatigue can be debilitating as it can impact daily activities, strain personal relationships, and affect both quality of life and work productivity.

          5. Depression during menopause

          depression

            Depression is another symptom of menopause. Most men and women experience depression during mid-life, the reason for which is not clearly understood. The most common symptoms of menopausal depression are:

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            • A depressed mood swing that lasts for two weeks or more
            • Lack of interest or inability to derive pleasure in normal activities
            • Change in appetite causing lack of appetite or compulsive eating
            • Sleeping excessively or inability to fall asleep
            • Loss of energy and fatigue
            • Inability to concentrate
            • Loss of self-esteem
            • Feelings of guilt
            • Intense irritability and restlessness
            • Suicidal thoughts

            Depression is treatable and a man suffering from depression should seek medical attention immediately. Depression is treated through anti-depressants, which are generally prescription drugs. Other methods of treatment are through dietary supplements, herbal remedies and alternative medicine. In extreme cases, psychotherapy might be necessary.

            6. Anxiety due to menopause

            anxiety

              Anxiety is a common menopausal symptom with men and women. Anxiety is best described as a psychological state typified by extreme and relentless tension, worry and nervousness. Anxiety can manifest itself in various ways determined by the primary symptoms, causes and features. Anxiety is also associated with difficulty in concentrating, nervousness, inability to relax, a permanent feeling of tension, irritability, restlessness and constant vigilance.

              7. Treating male menopause

              Treating

                Male menopause is an unavoidable condition that a man has to endure and needs no treatment unless it causes distress. The best form of treatment, in extreme conditions, is to seek medical advice. Normal treatment includes antidepressants, therapy and lifestyle changes. Additionally, one should try to reduce stress, exercise regularly and observe a healthy diet.

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                These days, many alternative treatments for menopause immediate relief are being tried and tested, along with some specific products for menopause, though they are yet to be vouched for in many cases. Hormone replacement therapy is a controversial option, which could have potentially damaging side-effects and could place the patient at the risk for prostate cancer.

                Men seeking menopause immediate relief routes should ideally consult their doctors or health practitioners rather than popping pills or opting for methods that could turn out to be detrimental to their health.

                Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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                How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

                I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                1. The Inner Critic

                This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                2. The Worrier

                This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

                3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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                This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                4. The Sleep Depriver

                This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                How can you control these squatters?

                How to Master Your Mind

                You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                For the Inner Critic

                When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

                You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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                “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                • They rile up the Worrier.
                • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                For the Worrier

                Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                • Muscles tense

                Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

                Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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                For example:

                If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                • Muscles tension

                I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                Breathe in through your nose:

                • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                • Focus on your belly rising.

                Breathe out through your nose:

                • Feel your lungs emptying.
                • Focus on your belly falling.
                • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

                One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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                Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                For the Sleep Depriver

                (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                • Shut down your thinking.
                • Calm your feelings.
                • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                The Bottom Line

                Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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