Think of the word ‘menopause’ and you may think of a woman in her late 40s or 50s experiencing hot flashes or night sweats. But, what if we told you that it’s not only women who experience a change in hormone levels as they age? While men don’t experience a significant shift - they experience a shift, all the same. This change in hormone levels is sometimes referred to as ‘male menopause’ (or andropause).

Remember, the hormone changes in women during menopause are considerable. ‘Male menopause’ is a term that essentially refers to the gradual decline of testosterone levels in men as they age. This shift is typically referred to as age-related low testosterone [1].

Some of the symptoms associated with this change in testosterone level include:

  • Mood swings
  • Loss of muscle mass or increased body fat
  • Lack of energy or enthusiasm
  • Insomnia
  • Poor short-term memory
  • Weight gain - particularly around the stomach or the chest area

See also: Low Testosterone Symptoms in Men: Your Quick Guide to Low Testosterone


What are the symptoms of male menopause?


It’s estimated that after the age of 40, a man’s testosterone levels begin to decrease by around 1% per year [2]. This change in hormone levels is unlikely to cause any major symptoms or signs - in contrast to female menopause.

If symptoms or signs do occur, not including symptoms mentioned above, they may include:

  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Height loss
  • Hot flushes

See also: Low Testosterone Levels and Bodybuilding: What you Should Know


What causes hot flushes in a man?


Contrary to popular belief - hot flushes aren’t just an issue women experience, in fact - men can experience hot flushes too, and they can be just as bothersome.

For both men and women, hot flushes are associated with a shift in hormone levels. With that said, because testosterone declines at such a small percentage, men can usually maintain healthy testosterone levels - helping to prevent hot flushes. According to Harvard Health, men who undergo androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer are more likely to experience hot flushes; around 70-80% of these men to be exact! [3]

Experienced hot flushes? Then you probably don’t need a reminder of the feelings that come along with them. If not, some of the common symptoms tend to include:

  • Reddening of the skin
  • Sweating
  • Heart palpitations
  • Irritability

See also: Does Low Testostosterone Equal Low Mood?


Can you treat male menopause?


Although a number of men may not even realize they are experiencing age-related low testosterone, in others - the shift, and the symptoms that come along with it, can be unfavorable.

Testosterone replacement therapy is sometimes considered by healthcare professionals in order to help reverse any troublesome symptoms and side effects of hypogonadism [4]. There are a number of forms of testosterone therapy, these include:

  • Gel solutions
  • Testosterone injections
  • Patch
  • Implantable pellets

Don’t forget, testosterone therapy may not be the right option for everyone and it’s important to discuss your options with your healthcare provider.

See also: What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?


How long does male menopause last?


Male menopause refers to the decline of testosterone levels in men around the age of 30 or 40. This gradual decline is typically pretty steady and with this in mind, it’s difficult to answer how long it lasts. But, it’s important to remember that a gradual decline in testosterone is completely natural in men as they get older.

In some cases, symptoms sometimes associated with ‘male menopause’ such as reduced muscle mass, sexual problems, or feeling tired and weak might be a result of late-onset hypogonadism which occurs when the testes produce very little to no hormones. If you’re concerned about your symptoms, make sure to reach out to your healthcare provider.


One of the best ways to know more about your testosterone levels is through a test. This can be done with your doctor or from home with an at-home lab test.

LetsGetChecked’s Testosterone Test can measure the amount of testosterone present in your blood with a simple finger prick sample. Online results will be available within 2-5 days and our dedicated medical team will be available to answer any questions you may have during or after the process.

See also: How do you Check Testosterone Levels From Home?

You should consider taking a test if:

  • You are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • You suffer from Klinefelter syndrome
  • You suffer from type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • You suffer from hemochromatosis
  • You have a pituitary gland disorder
  • You are obese
  • You suffer from chronic stress
  • You take anabolic steroids
  • You have a family history of low testosterone
  • You suffer from thyroid issues
  • You have kidney or liver disease
  • You have anorexia nervosa


References

  1. Mayo Clinic. Male menopause: Myth or reality? Online: Mayoclinic.org
  2. Harvard Health Publishing. Hot flashes in men: An update. Online: Harvard.health.edu
  3. Harvard Health Publishing. Hot flashes in men: An update. Online: Harvard.health.edu
  4. Mayo Clinic. Male menopause: Myth or reality? Online: Mayoclinic.org