Menopause is a condition most often associated with women. It occurs in a woman when she ceases to menstruate and can no longer become pregnant. Men experience a different type of “menopause” or life change. It usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 60. Unlike women, men can continue to father children, but the production of male sex hormones diminishes gradually after age 40. This may cause a man’s sexual desire to diminish somewhat. However, sexual performance should not be affected, and sexual pleasure should remain unchanged for the man and his partner. After age 50, a man may need his partner to be involved in order to achieve an erection; however, an erection can often now be maintained longer.
TIPS TO HELP YOU COPE WITH THE CHANGE
- Find new ways to relieve stress.
- Eat a nutritious, low-fat, high-fiber diet.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Exercise regularly.
- Find a supportive friend or group and talk to them about what you’re going through.
- Limit your consumption of alcohol and caffeine.
- Drink lots of cool drinks, especially water.
“MENOPAUSE” AND MID-LIFE CRISIS
Mid-life crisis can also creep up during this time. This is often a time in life when stability has been achieved and the struggles that were once a large part of life are now at an end. This new awareness that a life change has taken place can sometimes trigger a crisis. For some men, new-found stability may signify an end to vitality or youth. Many men find that after spending a lifetime working towards the goals of family and peers, the end result is unfulfilling. This is also often a time of change. Major shifts in career, marriage and parenting often occur during this time period. And, along with the physical signs of aging comes a realization of impending old age and retirement. This time of life will only become a crisis if the changes become too difficult to cope with. A variety of support services are available for men. Many men have found men’s support groups to be a positive influence in their lives.
SYMPTOMS OF MALE MENOPAUSE
- decreased memory and concentration
- decreased libid sleep
- loss of self-confidence
- numbness and tingling
- hot flashes
- cold hands and feet