Like many medical conditions the symptoms of Male Menopause can vary and usually worsen with age if left untreated. There are symptoms that are physical, some are emotional and others are mental. Symptoms can mimic other medical conditions.
The symptoms and their severity will usually dictate whether or not the male will seek medical attention. The symptoms that cause the most distress are the ones that are sexual in nature because a man’s inability to perform the sexual activity can have a devastating effect on his relationship with a spouse or other significant relationship.
Low Testosterone Symptoms
Low testosterone can lead to weight gain and loss of muscle tone and endurance. These physical symptoms can lead to the emotional symptoms like depression, irritability and anger.
One disadvantage that male menopause has that female menopause does not is that there is no one obvious clue that menopause is happening.
Females have the obvious clue (irregular periods which is what happens before cessation of menses) that tells them that they may be experiencing the beginnings of menopause.
Not having a period is an alarm bell for women as when they are younger this signals a possible pregnancy. They are programmed through experience to pay attention to this obvious clue.
Males on the other hand have no obvious clue to help them figure out what is happening.
When a woman goes through menopause there is a drastic drop in estrogen, which causes her menopause symptoms. The male on the other hand does not experience a drastic drop in testosterone because it is a gradual drop that occurs over a span of many years.
It is this difference that explains why women experience definite and pronounced symptoms and the symptoms of male menopause are not as obvious.
Listing your Symptoms
As with any condition the symptoms are what lead the patient to seek answers, which usually starts with a complete medical history and examination. The healthcare professional will ask for a listing of symptoms while taking a medical history. This list of symptoms is vital to arriving at an accurate diagnosis. The list of symptoms should be complete and as detailed as possible.
Some common symptoms are:
- anger, decreased libido, depression, fatigue, irritability, moodiness, hand stiffness, loss of muscle and endurance, inability to achieve or maintain an erection, short-term memory loss, a rise in cholesterol, and also joint aches.
Some of these symptoms may be considered those that would be expected as men age and so they are; what makes them unique is that they occur in men as early as 30 when male menopause is the culprit.
Even after the diagnosis has been made it will be important that an accurate journal is kept regarding symptoms so that the treatment can be assessed. Blood tests alone cannot tell the complete story as to the effectiveness of the treatment. A decrease in symptoms will mean that the quality of life can again be maintained to the satisfaction of all involved.