Andropause is the condition similar to women’s menopause — this is why most usually refer to it as ‘male menopause’. This condition is primarily due to the lowering of testosterone production in men. Low testosterone may start to affect men in their late 20s, but it is in their 40s that most men experience andropause-related symptoms. While andropause is comparable to the female menopause, its symptoms vary significantly.
Depression due to andropause can be attributed to the significant dropping of testosterone level in the body. These lowered levels may cause symptoms such as indifference to the environment, inability to focus, irritability and memory loss. Men who suffer from this usually get easily stressed over menial things.
Men undergoing andropause may feel strangely tired and worn out over an extended period of time. Although it is normal to feel a bit tired after a hard day’s work, it might also be due to the hormonal imbalance that is going on in the body. Testosterone plays a vital role in the production of energy in the body. A diminishing testosterone level in the body could disrupt rest. Lowered testosterone levels usually are the main cause behind insomnia or sleep apnea, which may lead to fatigue.
Decreased Sex Drive and Erectile Dysfunction
Suffering from a lowered libido or sex drive is also a common symptom of andropause. Testosterone levels are highly responsible for man’s erectile functions and sex drive.