Male menopause

In contrast to female menopause, 'andropause' does not have any features as obvious as the absence of menstruation. Entry into this new phase of life usually begins slowly and is accompanied by a decrease in testosterone production. Affected persons often complain about a decrease in sexual desire, potency and erectile dysfunction, a reduction of muscle and an increase in abdominal fat. But lack of energy, aching limbs and joints, sweating, sleep disorders and irritability are also common symptoms. In addition, there may be psychological complaints such as sadness, tiredness and lethargy. Since the decline of hormones is a natural process, it does not usually need to be treated. Physical activity, a healthy diet, short breaks for relaxation during the day, openness with one's partner or friends and a healthy attitude towards changes in one's own body help you get through andropause without sacrificing quality of life. In the case of a particularly severe hormone deficiency, however, testosterone therapy may be appropriate. Your GP should be your first point of contact. If necessary, they will refer you to a specialist.